Portland Water Bureau Environmental Specialist (Closes March 9)

Environmental Program Specialist

Salary $5,033.00 - $6,709.00 Monthly

Location 1120 SW 5th Ave, OR

Job TypeFull Time

DepartmentPortland Water Bureau

Job Number2017-00112

Closing3/9/2017 4:30 PM Pacific

he Position


The Environmental Program Specialist, located in the Portland Water Bureau, performs a variety of specialized activities in support of the Water Bureau's Resource Protection and Planning Group. Primary responsibilities include assisting the Education Program Manager in educating diverse audiences of adults and K-12 students about the Portland drinking water system in both outdoor and classroom settings; escorting visitors to water supply facilities, including full-day interpretive tours of the Bull Run Watershed; addressing subject matter including drinking water regulations, watershed ecology, hydrology, water quality, water system history, source water protection, resource conservation, and water supply planning and management; assisting with program scheduling, tracking, reporting, evaluation, and improvement; assisting with development of and updates to program materials and resources; building positive working relationships with bureau staff, partner organizations, and the public; following security and safety protocols; and responding, when necessary, to first aid or evacuation emergencies in a remote location. Position requires a flexible schedule, including frequent weekend obligations.

The Water Bureau is looking for a strong communicator who can effectively convey a wide range of drinking water issues and provide a balanced perspective on the complexities of water resource management.


To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to both internal and external program stakeholders.

  2. Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines.

  3. Knowledge of and ability to utilize basic principles and practices of program/project planning and management.

  4. Knowledge of and ability to understand, interpret, and explain laws, regulations, and policies as applicable to education program responsibilities.

  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with bureau managers and staff, staff of other bureaus, representatives of other agencies, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

Applicants must also possess:

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


The Recruitment Process


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter and resume weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested.  Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an 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. 


Additional Information


Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional résumé 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 cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

  • Your cover letter 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 résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.

  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter 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.

  • Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of four (4) pages combined.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date 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.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

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. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

Teresa Dahrens, Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4516

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer