Botanic Technician I

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 12/09/2019


The Bureau of Environmental Service (BES) is actively seeking three (3) talented landscape professionals with experience in planting, vegetation maintenance, and stormwater management to staff a new crew dedicated to maintenance of vegetated stormwater management facilities (SMFs). This new SMF maintenance crew is the first of several projected to be hired over the next several years in this growing program and will maintain diverse SMF types such as green streets, rain gardens, and constructed stormwater ponds and wetlands. The crew will be comprised of the three (3) Botanic Technician I's – Green Infrastructure from this recruitment along with a Botanic Technician II – Green Infrastructure.  The team will work under the direction of a Supervisor and in close coordination with existing SMF managers.

In this role, duties will include:
  • Physical labor such as planting, weeding, sediment and trash removal, leaf removal, and irrigation (hand-watering);
  • Working outdoors, year-round in all weather conditions;
  • Working within the roadway, utilizing proper traffic control and emphasizing worker and public safety;
  • Operation of trucks, trailers, irrigation equipment, power tools, and hand tools typical of the landscape industry;
  • Interpretation of work orders, SMF construction plans and details, and other technical SMF-related documents;
  • Interaction with owners or residents of properties adjacent to SMFs as well as other stakeholders and members of the public;
  • Data entry in asset management database;
  • Other duties as assigned.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Knowledge of operations and maintenance of vegetated stormwater management facilities.
  2. Ability to operate hand tools, small power equipment, and work vehicles (with and without trailers).
  3. Knowledge of native and non-native plants, weeds and other species typically planted or found in vegetated stormwater management facilities, natural areas, and adjacent spaces.
  4. Ability to work safely and promote a safety ethic among fellow crew members.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively and work constructively in a team environment.

Applicants must also possess: 
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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