Seasonal Maintenance Worker - Open Continuous

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 7/12/2024

The City of Portland invites applications for Seasonal Maintenance Workers (SMWs)!

Candidates that apply may be considered for vacancies with the following bureaus - Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R), Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Portland Water Bureau, and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).

About the Position

Job Appointment: Casual, Seasonal

Work Schedule: Seasonal Maintenance Workers will collaborate with their supervisor/manager to create their schedule. These are seasonal positions and vary in hours worked up to a maximum of 1600 hours per calendar year.

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) SMW Positions Only: SMW Positions with PBOT will be seasonal/casual, full-time positions with the possibility of overtime.

Working Conditions:

Work is typically performed in a field environment. Seasonal Maintenance Workers (SMW) are typically required to do the following - negotiate rough terrain; safely lift up to 100 pounds with or without assistance; work outdoors in all weather conditions; work in and around traffic, equipment or machinery; wear protective gear. SMWs may encounter irate people, people experiencing mental illness, and people under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the course of their work.

Work Location: Various locations across Portland, OR.

Starting wage is $18.90 per hour. SMWs returning for a second year earn $20.48 per hour. SMWs returning for a third year $22.05. Additional pay provided when employees are assigned a swing shift (12:00PM to 6:59PM) or graveyard shift (7:00PM to 5:59AM)

Benefits: These positions have limited benefits eligibility. Benefits for employees scheduled to work at least 28 hours per week. Medical, dental, and vision benefits for employees, their spouse/domestic partner and eligible dependent children up to age 26 start the first of the month, following date of hire. Employees get eleven paid holidays. Employees eligible to take up to ten additional days of unpaid leave with Supervisor approval. All SMW employees shall begin to accrue sick time from their first day of employment and earn one (1) hour of sick time for every 20 hours worked up to a maximum of 80 hours per calendar year. Wellness benefits including 10 free mental health counseling sessions, financial counseling, legal advice, and more. There is a clothing allowance of $200 annually.

Union Representation: This classification is represented by the Seasonal Maintenance Worker Laborers' Local 483. To view this labor agreement, please click here.

Application Materials: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland’s online portal. You will need to submit a work history and answer supplemental questions for this application.

Position Summary


PP&R has over 50 entry-level job opportunities for Seasonal Maintenance Workers across the city. We are looking for people to maintain park facilities, golf courses, sports fields, pools, fountains, and the Portland International Raceway. These seasonal, entry-level positions are for adults of all ages and backgrounds. We will provide training to individuals that meet the minimum requirements. If you are looking for career development working in the outdoors, enjoy being physically active, and want to help make your community clean, safe, and welcoming for all, join us at Portland Parks & Recreation!

We are looking to fill open positions in several different geographic areas and work groups. For more information about the specific Seasonal Maintenance Worker jobs you can apply for with Portland Parks & Recreation, see below for Additional Information.

  • PP&R Seasonal Maintenance Worker Duties:
  • Learn and perform manual labor and tasks
  • Operate pick-ups, smaller flatbed and dump trucks, and other automotive equipment not requiring a Commercial Driver's License
  • Perform pre-and post-trip safety inspection of vehicle
  • Operate hand-held power tools, such as mowers, trimmers, edgers, etc.
  • Work safely and wear personal protective equipment for various tasks
  • Work independently, or as part of a team
  • Understand and follow basic oral and simple written instructions in English
  • Cleaning restrooms and removing trash

Learn more about Portland Parks & Recreation:

This team maintains our swimming pools and recreational fountains, including: Getting outdoor pools and fountains open for summer and closed for winter Cleaning (removing litter, pressure-washing, etc.) pools and fountains Testing water in pools, maintaining water chemistry, backwash filters, etc.

Athletic Fields
This team keeps our athletic fields ready for play by leagues and others, including: Preparing, maintaining, and striping sports fields
Other tasks to keep fields safe and ready for use
Renovate/design fields
Work at various sporting event tournaments Work in a team environment
Learn and use different small engine equipment

Community Gardens
Fixing garden infrastructure including locks, paths, and garden beds Supporting gardener work parties
Driving large trucks

Golf Ground Maintenance
Work at one of our five golf courses across the city. Work includes:
Mowing greens, tees, fairways, and rough areas, and maintaining bunkers Picking up trash and cleaning restrooms
Digging, raking, edging, pruning, irrigation and flower bed maintenance

Horticulture Services
This team does a variety of landscape work, including:
Maintaining planters and landscapes outside city-owned buildings
String trimming, hedge shearing, hand weeding, blowing, and rough area maintenance Loading, unloading, and watering nursery plant material and delivering them to work sites

Developed Park Maintenance (various locations around the city)
Seven maintenance teams care for 100+ developed parks throughout Portland, including: Cleaning restrooms and removing trash
Safely operating City-owned vehicles Working independently
Operating small equipment such as edgers, trimmers, blowers

Assisting with horticultural projects such as mulching, weeding, edging lawns, watering, and working with volunteers
Maintaining positive relationships with community members

Native Gathering Garden
Tend the land at the Native Gathering Garden at Thomas Cully Park, blending Indigenous and dominant-culture land care methods, including:
Working with the Indigenous community and other Portland Parks staff
Driving large trucks, hauling a trailer, and using a variety of hand and power tools Providing routine path maintenance,
removing unwanted and ‘invasive’ plants across the site without using herbicides or pesticides, caring for wanted plants, and helping with tending
Primarily independent work with some opportunity to work with groups

Candidates with knowledge of Native Plants strongly preferred.

Natural Areas
Two teams work in natural areas east or west of the Willamette River, including: Cleaning restrooms and removing trash and graffiti
Trail and sign maintenance
Assisting with landscaping and planting Assisting with volunteer events

Portland International Raceway (PIR)
This team works at the city’s only raceway, including:
Cleaning track surface, guardrail repair, tire bundle fabrication and repair Preparation and clean-up for various public events and professional races Cleaning buildings/restrooms, emptying trash, picking up litter

Urban Forestry
Our forestry team does a range of work supporting the city’s urban canopy, including: Mulching, hand weeding, raking, deep root tree watering, minor pruning Assessing tree health
Driving a 1-ton flatbed pick up with water tank and pump throughout the city


Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has approximately 25 job opportunities available for Seasonal Maintenance Workers to support the Maintenance Operations Group. The Maintenance Operations Group maintains the essential infrastructure of our city, which includes the following - our streets, bridges, tunnels, greenspaces, street cleaning, sidewalks, traffic signs, and pavement markings. They keep our rivers clean by repairing the city's wastewater and stormwater lines. Our crews all have the same goal: Maintain streets, roads, and bridges that allow people, goods, and stormwater to move through our city. Maintenance workers don't just help people get around; They also help keep our rivers clean by maintaining the city's wastewater and stormwater conveyance system.

The Seasonal Maintenance Worker is a member of the bureau's 24-hour response team. You may be required to work after-hour, evening, weekend, and holiday emergency response.

PBOT is looking to fill open positions in several different areas and work groups. For more information, see below for additional information.

Learn more about Portland Bureau of Transportation at:

Keeping Our Rivers Clean
With this team, SMWs will provide support with -
Traffic control and flagging on various projects and locations
Repairing and maintenance of stormwater and wastewater pipes
Removing natural debris from small creeks and ditches
Closing circuit camera operators with equipment inspecting pipes
Assisting utility locators with locating underground stormwater and wastewater pipes
Assisting with the maintenance of pipes, ditches, and natural drainage systems
Special projects, both in-office and in the field

Outdoor work may be in built urban environments, residential areas, or natural areas, such as forests. Indoor work may be in an office setting or storage area.

Traffic Signs and Markings
This team maintains all city sign assets. City sign assets include the following - street name signs, stop signs, and way finding signage in right of way. This team also maintains all of the yellow and white lane markings, crosswalks, and other pavement markings. With this team, SMWs will provide support with -
Traffic control and flagging on various projects and locations in the right of way
Digging holes for mounting posts and brackets for signs
Loading vehicles with necessary material and equipment for daily work
Assisting with end-of-shift cleaning of vehicles, recycling needed metal or wood
Other duties as assigned

Sidewalks Maintenance Construction
This team works in residential neighborhoods and in the right of way to help provide accessibility for all roadway users. With this team, SMWs will provide support with -
Setting up and taking down daily traffic control for work zones, flagging as needed
Ensuring work zone is clean and clear of trip hazards during construction phase
Assisting with loading daily equipment or material, such as shovels, wood forms, nails, and hammers)
Assisting with preparation for corner ramp construction, including preparing area for concrete pours
Cleaning up equipment and vehicles, as needed
Other duties as assigned

Roadway Repairs
This team performs a variety of road repair on all city streets. With this team, SMWs will provide support with -
Setting up and maintaining traffic control to keep co-workers and the public safe
Filling potholes and making small repairs
Patching the road after a water or sewer line is repaired
Large paving projects, where several blocks gets a new road surface, for example
Clearing landslides and other natural debris , which may fall onto the roadway

Street Cleaning
This teams operates several cleaning programs. The list of cleaning programs and services they provide include - street sweeping, sidewalk flushing, greenspace maintenance, traffic island maintenance, non-curbed roadway vegetation removal, bike lane sweeping, and mow and brush cutting. With this team, SMWs will provide support with -
Traffic control and flagging
Operating mowers and weed trimmers
Hose flushing and power washing
Loading equipment and materials for daily work
Cleaning job site and removing traffic control
Assisting with emergency response, removing hazards in the right of way

Building Facilities and Material Distribution Center
This team supports internal PBOT employees and services required for Maintenance and Operations. With this team, SMWs will provide general support to the facility and the Materials Distribution Center. Typical duties may include -
Assisting with landscaping, including invasive species removal
General building maintenance, including office and meeting space setup, removing garbage, and sweeping floors
General grounds and equipment maintenance
Providing customer service at warehouse front desk
Assisting with receiving materials
Replenishing stock

Have a question?
Contact Information:
Hannah Zeilenga, Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Ability to learn manual labor tasks.
  2. Ability to perform medium to heavy manual labor for extended periods, including standing for long periods of time, and squatting or kneeling.
  3. Ability to work with co-workers and members of the public from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
  4. Ability to work effectively within a team and independently without direct continuous supervision.
  5. Ability to work outside in all weather conditions.
  6. Ability to learn and use safe working practices and report safety problems.

Applicant must also:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of hire.
  • Have a current/valid state driver's license. Applicants must meet City "good driver" requirements.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical, including a physical capacities test after an offer is made.
  • Complete Chainsaw Operations and Lockout/Tagout Trainings after hire (PBOT only)

Step 1: Apply online between February 5, 2024 – August 2, 2024 Required Application Materials:

  • Work History
  • Answers to the Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)
Optional Application Materials:
If you would like to request Veteran's Preference, please submit your Veteran documents (ex, 0D214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.) by the closing date of the recruitment.

Application Tips
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or personal or professional experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your work history should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions. Do not attach materials not requested.
  • Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.
Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of February 12, 2024, and weekly thereafter.

An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their work history and supplemental questions.

Your work history and answers to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our pass/fail evaluation of your qualifications for participation in the next step. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you would like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.Step 4: Selection (Interview): Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.
Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview

Step 5: Offer of Employment: Eligible applicants will only be contacted when positions become available.

Step 6: Start Date: A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change


Physical Capacities Testing

Unless you are a current City of Portland employee in a position requiring a similar or more demanding Physical Capabilities Test (PCT), you will be required to participate in and pass the pre-placement PCT as part of the conditional job offer you may receive for this position. The PCT is administered by an independent occupational expert and will consist of performing tasks similar to those you would do on the job. You may review the knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions for this job class here: PDF reader). You should be prepared to do your best, use good body mechanics and be in good condition.

While each job class will have its own tests, listed below are examples of tasks you may be asked to perform:
  • Crawl for 50 feet.
  • Pull a weighted sled for 20 feet.
  • Step up and down on an 11" platform for a 6 minute duration.
  • Shovel repetitively.
  • Climb a vertical ladder as high as 6 feet.
  • Turn a valve.
  • Walk on uneven terrain.
  • Hammering repetitively.
  • Carry a weighted crate (maximum distance is 50 feet); weight varies by job class.
  • Lift a weighted crate from the floor to as much as 40" high; weight varies by job class.
  • Detach, move and attach plastic forms from a full range of body positions, from lying on your back to reaching overhead.
  • Lift dumbbells repetitively (maximum 20 lbs. each) from knee height to overhead.

Click here for additional information regarding the following:

  • City of Portland Core Values
  • Recruitment Process Work Status Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations

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Salary18.90 Hour
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