Botanic Tech II – Green Infrastructure – Extended

City of Portland, Oregon
May 23, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is actively seeking a talented professional with experience in vegetated green stormwater infrastructure maintenance; including tree and vegetation planting, plant and weed ID, and assessment and improvement of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) function. This professional public servant will represent the City of Portland while working on a field-based team dedicated to maintenance of vegetated green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). This GSI maintenance team is the first of several teams, projected to be hired over the next several years in this growing program. The 4-person team works collaboratively and constructively together to maintain diverse GSI types such as green streets, rain gardens, and constructed stormwater ponds and wetlands. The team is comprised of three (4) Botanic Technician II - Green Infrastructure. All work occurs under the direction of a Supervisor and in close coordination with existing GSI site specialists (Botanic Specialist II).

What you will get to do:

  • Physical labor such as planting, weeding, pruning, removal of sediment, trash (including biohazards and sharps), and leaves, irrigation (hand-watering), and lifting and carrying loads up to 50 lbs.
  • Work outdoors, year-round in all weather conditions.
  • Work within the roadway, utilizing proper traffic control and emphasizing worker and public safety.
  • Operation of trucks, trailers, irrigation equipment, pumps, power tools, and hand tools typical of the landscape industry.
  • Interpretation of work orders, GSI construction plans and details, and other technical GSI-related documents.
  • Interact, educate, and assist members of the public, residents of properties adjacent to GSI as well as other community members and stakeholders.
  • Data entry in Infor Public Sector CMMS asset management database.
  • Take the lead in planning and implementation of project plans including estimation of material needs.
  • Lead and plan logistics of work, including procurement and sourcing of tools and materials, making traffic control plans, and prioritization of work-flow.
  • Monitoring and condition assessment inspections of GSI assets and special projects.
  • Support other teams in Watershed Operations and Maintenance Division including EDRR herbicide application and monitoring and removal of target weed species.
  • Lead and plan volunteer and educational events in collaboration with other work groups.
  • Attend meetings and trainings.
  • Uphold City of Portland Core Values in daily work.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Typically, successful candidates have:

  • Graduated from high school, trade school or vocational school, or G.E.D. equivalent, supplemented by courses in natural ecosystems, natural resource management, vegetation management, botany, horticulture, natural resource science.
  • Two years or more of natural area restoration experience, and / or green infrastructure
  • OR, an equivalent combination of training and experience.

This classification is represented by PROTEC17. To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

About the Bureau of Environmental Services
This is an exciting time to join the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). Together we are re-imagining the work we do to ensure it aligns with Our Values:

  • We implement equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery.
  • We value our customers and partners.
  • We carefully manage our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources.
  • We encourage leadership among our employees in our City and community.
  • We support a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce.
  • We urge respectful communication and transparency.
  • We advance innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.

At BES, we value our customers and partners; Portlanders' sense of connection to their waterways; conscientious stewardship of our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources; a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce; leadership among our employees and in our City and community; equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery; clear communication and transparency; innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.

BES is seeking talented individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge, ability, and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities; and that desire to work collaboratively and creatively to broaden the variety of innovative ways to partner with and serve all Portland communities.
To learn more about the work we do at BES, click on the link: About Environmental Services |

Our BES 10-Year Strategic Plan can be found here: download (

City of Portland Core Values: Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, healthcare flexible and/or dependent care spending accounts, Carrot Fertility, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here. or more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here .

Work Location
This position will primarily be in person (office/field location) with occasional remote options. City Council approved a human resources administrative rule in January 2023, HRAR - 4.045, requiring employees, including those who are fully remote and hybrid, to perform work within Oregon or Washington. Employees have until May 4, 2023, to be in compliance with the new rule. For more information, click here.

To Qualify

Applicants must meet each of the following minimum qualifications. Applicants should describe in their responses to the supplemental questions and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of practices, methods, and techniques of operations and maintenance of vegetated green infrastructure and natural areas.
  2. Experience with operation of hand tools, small power equipment, and work vehicles (with and without trailers).
  3. Knowledge of native plants and other species typically planted in vegetated green infrastructure and natural areas and non-native plants and other weeds commonly found in vegetated green infrastructure, natural areas, and adjacent areas.
  4. Ability to work safely and promote a safety ethic among fellow crew members

Applicant must also possess:

  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions are weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection** PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 5/29/2023
  • Applications Reviewed: week of 5/29/2023
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 6/05/2023
  • 1st Round of Interviews: week of 6/12/2023
  • 2nd Round of Interviews (if needed): mid/late June
  • Job Offer: late June/early July

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis : Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.
Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.
Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a "language pay differential." This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.
Did you know? Did you know? The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement or starting in April 2023 you are invited to attend the Question and Answers session. If you prefer to attend a virtual class, they are also available once a month.
Contact Information:
Bureau of Human Resources
Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action EmployerClosing Date/Time: 5/29/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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