City of Portland Parks Nature East Zone Supervisor

The City of Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation (PP&R) is seeking a City Nature East Zone Supervisor. This position is responsible for supervising staff engaged in carrying out the ecologically-based maintenance, development, restoration and enhancement of more than 45 natural areas on the east side of the Willamette River, sites totaling more than 2,000 acres throughout North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland, and staff who work with more than 7,500 volunteers annually in these natural areas. This position is responsible for program management, asset management, and project management. Programs in this work unit conduct ecological planning, specialized vegetation restoration and management, and community-based natural area stewardship.

City Nature is a city-wide program responsible for maintenance and operation of 180 miles of soft surface trails, more than 30 miles of paved regional trail, and more than 8,000 acres of natural areas ranging from Forest Park, at over 5,000 acres, to Powell Butte Nature Park (more than 600 acres) in outer SE Portland. The Natural Areas program manages and restores these lands based on ecological principles; provides environmental education opportunities; develops community partnerships and promotes community stewardship of natural areas; and manages these lands with natural resource needs, biodiversity value, and nature-based recreation in mind.

This position plans, supervises and evaluates the work and performance of 11 professional and field staff. The position provides regular coaching, technical guidance, performance reviews and support to assure that work unit goals are being met in accordance with City Charter, labor contracts and human resource policies. The City Nature East Zone Supervisor provides leadership to create a safe, sustainable, high-performance and comfortable work environment for staff, which supports City and Bureau's missions.

The supervisor plans, coordinates and evaluates development, restoration, stewardship and maintenance activities of natural areas and regional and soft surface trails in North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland. The position coordinates work order requests as needed with PP&R Central Services for specialized work such as Urban Forestry, Carpentry, and Heavy Equipment.  The supervisor initiates, participates and supervises in developing, reviewing, recommending and implementing plans, policies, systems and procedures applicable to work unit responsibilities and long-term asset management investments.

Responsibilities also include building and maintaining relationships with community and non-profit groups, internal and external partners, other agencies and the public critical to successful public lands management. This involves attending and participating in public and non-profit group meetings, providing expertise, information and assistance to community groups around natural areas management, making presentations in public settings, receiving, responding to and resolving questions from community groups and the public.

The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 639,000 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 resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

The City is offering an optional information meeting for this recruitment.  Please see the Additional Information section below for details.

Why work at the City of Portland?

The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.  The City of Portland also participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position.  Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge and experience applying the principles and practices of program administration including budget preparation and administration, evaluation, implementation and applications of applying equitable program practices to diverse and complex public services.

  2. Experience leading and supervising a multicultural workforce, promoting an equitable workplace environment including training, scheduling, and performance evaluation

  3. Experience utilizing the fundamentals and methods of planning, organizing, and allocating work to subordinate staff.

  4. Experience utilizing current business communications effectively, both verbally and in writing including presenting information, reports, and recommendations clearly and persuasively.

  5. Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as: management, staff, diverse community organizations and others encountered in the course of work.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. 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.

Position closes: May 10, 2019
First-round interviews conducted: Week of June 3, 2019
Second-round interviews conducted: Week of June 17, 2019
Final interviews: Week of June 24, 2019
Candidate selected: July
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change 

Additional Information

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume 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 resume 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 transferable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted online. The recruitment will close no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. 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 11:59 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.

Tamara Larison
?Sr. Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer an Optional Information Session that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job. You are welcome to join us for the optional session below:

6th & Main Building
1050 SW 6th, 5th Floor, Room 508
Portland, OR 97212
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 pm

If you are unable to attend the optional information sessions in person, you have the option to participate remotely in the session. For instructions on how to participate remotely, contact Tamara Larison by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1st, at

AgencyCity of Portland

Address1120 SW 5th Ave, 404

Portland, Oregon, 97204