Environmental Education Supervisor (Supervisor I) – Talent Pool

City of Portland, Oregon
May 14, 2021
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

Why submit interest through a talent pool? Once a vacancy is available, and a job is scheduled to be posted, you will be notified to check our website and apply.

About the position: Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Environmental Education program offers nature programs in our city's parks and natural areas to connect Portlanders to nature all year long. Programs include summer nature camps, youth classes, school field trips, guided nature walks, youth employment programs, volunteer stewardship and special events that focus on connection to nature. The voter-approved 2020 Parks Operating Levy stated that PP&R would expand access to nature. We are growing our Environmental Education program to help meet this goal by adding a Supervisor I to lead the team.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Environmental Education program recognize, understand, and encourage the celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to our ideals and values. PP&R encourages applications from people with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of community members with diverse racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender-identity and socio-economic backgrounds.
About the Work: This position will lead the team who gets youth out into nature and provides outdoor work experiences for young adults. PP&R Environmental Education staff plan, organize, coordinate, lead, and evaluate nature education programs for youth and young adults. They introduce youth to nature, help provide racial and cultural diversity to the natural resources field and increase stewardship in our region. The Supervisor I position will be responsible for the operations of the entire Environmental Education work unit and provide daily support and guidance to the team of permanent and casual staff. This position will support the various programs such as Youth Conservation Crew, Teen Nature team, Summer Nature Day Camp, Ladybug Walks, and natural area stewardship. It will also work to guide the program's growth with a sustainable and equitable approach.
As a Supervisor I, you will:

  • Recruit, hire, train, schedule, assign work to, and supervise staff, including volunteers and casual/seasonal employees.
  • Create a welcoming workplace for people of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
  • Build a workplace culture that prioritizes racial equity; promote an equitable workplace that demonstrates an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.
  • Assist in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of Environmental Education programs and projects.
  • Support environmental education activities for middle and high school students and young adults. Programs include science and nature education, community building, stewardship, outdoor recreation, skill building and workforce development.
  • Support summer nature camps and school year nature classes for youth and families. Logistics include emergency plans, standard operating procedures, staff training, and registration. Programs include nature-based activities to over 1,000 children ages 0-12 across Portland.
  • Assist in the development, monitoring and reporting of the unit's budget, including revenue forecasts and cost analysis of programs, projects, and staff.
  • Build ties to diverse community-based organizations and other partners to increase access to nature for Portlanders of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Create standard practices, policies, safety guidelines and procedures for day-to-day operations of the unit, programs, projects, or tasks; establish goals and direction and communicate expectations to staff.
  • Assist with the oversight of performance requirements and personal development targets for staff; provide coaching for performance improvement and development; evaluate performance and do annual performance reviews; recommend discipline as necessary.

About the Bureau:
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services. We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to PP&R's ideals and values. The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 650,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. PP&R values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their application materials. Multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
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, 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.
Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction and approval.

To Qualify

The minimum qualifications will be listed on the announcement once the recruitment for the position is open.

The following link s will take you to the class specification s (Job Descriptions ) for the Supervisor I .

Supervisor I - https://www.portland.gov/sites/default/files/2021/supervisor-i.pdf

The Recruitment Process

The talent pool announcement is NOT an application and is being used to gather interest for future postings. Please note: We will be only collecting your contact information; therefore a resume is NOT required at this time, do not attach one as it will not be reviewed .

When a recruitment is posted, you will be notified via email. Once notified, you will be required to submit an application online via our job board. It is not a requirement to submit interest to the talent pool to be considered for future recruitments.

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, you will 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.

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.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City.? Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: www.bit.ly/howtoapplyclass

Contact Information:

Tamara Larison

Senior Recruiter

tamara.larison@portlandoregon.govClosing Date/Time: 5/30/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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