Job Details

Botanic Specialist I - Community Gardens

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 08/26/2019

Portland Parks & Recreation's Community Gardens Program operates 57 community gardens across the city serving over 2500 gardeners who speak more than 26 languages. Portland Community Gardens is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, Indigenous Peoples, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our community gardens, 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 Portland Parks & Recreation's ideals and values.

The Botanic Specialist I – Community Gardens is responsible for program volunteer leadership development, policy enforcement, education and outreach. They work collaboratively with a team of four full-time and four part-time/seasonal staff members who implement the program. This is an office-based position with weekly garden site visits and some meetings and events at various locations in the community. The regular schedule is Tuesday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, with some evening work required.

This position:
•Implements an inclusive leadership program that centers diversity and equity
•Recruits, trains, and supports volunteer garden leaders
•Builds relationships between staff and gardeners to foster trust, and support community engagement
•Works collaboratively with communities to provide education and resources to increase understanding and compliance with program expectations
•Monitors garden plots, leads process for gardener accountability and policy enforcement
•Develops, tracks and manages program activities and initiatives
•Develops reciprocal community and partner relationships
•Develops and implements outreach plans to fill vacant garden plots with people from historically underserved communities including people of color, low-income , Indigenous Peoples, immigrants and refugees
•Works to ensure the communities we are inviting people into are actively working to address systemic racism and program participants are aware of expectations around inclusion
Average percentage of time spent on various tasks: •Volunteer Coordination 30%
•Policy Education and Enforcement - 30%
•Program Administration - 25%
•Outreach - 15%
•Support for gardeners who speak languages other than English - 10%
Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience with the following proficiencies: •Learning and mastering multiple software platforms including Microsoft Office Suite programs
•Planning, implementing, and evaluating projects
•Excellent problem-solving skills
•Ability to work independently
•Setting boundaries and expectations
•Having hard conversations
•Working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
•Knowledge of anti-racism and cultural competency concepts and practices
This classification is represented by PROTEC 17. To view, this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

Bilingual candidates that speak Spanish, Russian, or Mien are strongly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates must have a valid state driver's license and be able to obtain First Aid and CPR certification.
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. Portland Parks & Recreation 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.

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.


Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:
1.Knowledge and experience applying principles, methods and practices of organic gardening, food production techniques and community gardening.
2.Experience planning, designing and developing culturally responsive programs using community involvement.
3.Knowledge and experience recruiting, training, organizing, and supervising paid and volunteer workers possessing a wide variety of skills.
4.Experience communicating program policies and requirements in potentially hostile situations while retaining professional demeanor.

Applicants must also possess:
•A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record at time of hire.
•First Aid and CPR certification within six months of hire.


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their résumé and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. 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.

Recruitment Activity Schedule:
•Job Posting: 8/12/2019 – 8/26/2019
•Applications Reviewed: 8/15/2019 – 8/29/2019
•Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 9/2/2019
•1st Round of Interviews: Mid-September 2019
•2nd Round of Interviews (if needed): End of September 2019
•Job Offer: Early October 2019
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change


Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé online, as well as answer the supplemental questions 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 answers 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 answers to each supplemental question should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications. You may want to prepare your answers offline and then cut and paste into the text box provided.
•Your résumé should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions
•If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to your supplemental questions and résumé 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.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time 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 the closing date and time 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
Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3523
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer Optional Information Sessions that will provide you with details about this position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job but attending will help you with the application process. You are welcome to join us for one of these optional sessions:

Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:45- 7:45 pm
East Portland Community Center, Multipurpose Room
740 SE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97216

For instructions on how to participate remotely, please contact Tamara Larison at no later than 5:00 pm (PST) August 14, 2019.

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