Water Botanical CSA II (Community Service Aide II)

City of Portland, Oregon
February 17, 2021
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The Portland Water Bureau is seeking an applicant with a botanical background to assist in the collection of field data and invasive plant control!

The position is a Community Services Aide II. The Botanical CSA (Part-Time Seasonal) would start as early as March 1. The botanical CSA would work approximately 2-3 days per week (16-30 hours per week). The botanical CSA will report to work at Sandy River Station, located near the confluence of the Bull Run and Sandy rivers in Sandy (adjacent to Dodge Park). Their work would focus on invasive plant surveys and control, vegetation restoration efforts, GIS data entry, and other assigned duties.

The CSA will work under the direction of Water Bureau staff but at times will do field work both on their own and in a small team. The CSA may be cross-trained to perform other biological duties as assigned by the Water Bureau.

Candidates may be required to work during inclement weather conditions and must have the physical ability to walk over uneven or steep terrain.
Details for this position:

Type of appointment - Part-time, up to 1400 hours/year
Reporting Location -Sandy River Station
Schedule - 16-30 hours per week, 2-3 days per week
Pay range - $13.23 -$22.00

The anticipated pay rate for the successful applicant is based on the years of school completed, post high school, in environmental sciences.

Years of School Completed
Anticipated Hourly Pay Rate
In the first year
Completed 1 year
Completed 2 years
4 years or more

This recruitment is for a seasonal employee. Seasonal employees may work up to a maximum of 1,400 hours per calendar year, but the actual hours will depend on the duties assigned. They may receive holiday and sick leave depending on their work schedule and hours worked. They are not eligible for retirement or health benefits.

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. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

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, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.

This position is not benefits eligible.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Ability & experience to demonstrate data recording and record keeping
  2. Ability to identify native and invasive plants
  3. Ability & experience in invasive plant removal
  4. Ability to assist with vegetation restoration efforts
  5. Ability to use devices with GIS/GPS tracking to locate plant populations

Applicant must also possess:

  • A valid State Driver's License and acceptable driving record at the time of appointment.
  • A valid herbicide applicators license through the Oregon Department of Agriculture

The Recruitment Process

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.
  • 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.

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 3/1/2021
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 3/1/2021
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: Week of 3/8/2021
  • 1st Round of Interviews: March 2021
  • Job Offer: End of March 2021

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

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.

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

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Halima Abdirizak, Recruiter
503-823-6959Closing Date/Time: 3/1/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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