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City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services


The Environmental Specialist position is a lead worker, project manager, and upper-level specialist position in the area of environmental resource science, watershed planning, and project management. Employees in this position use analytic skills and professional judgment to independently develop, evaluate and/or select environmental or natural resource science techniques, procedures and criteria; analyze data; design sampling and monitoring plans; assess watershed impacts and restoration actions, programs, and plans; and write regulatory reports.  Some positions function as an expert on issues related to developing and implementing programs, plans and policies to comply with City, Regional, State and Federal regulations. The Environmental Specialist is responsible for directing the work of professional staff and performing and overseeing all phases of assigned projects.

This classification is represented by Professional & Technical Employees Local 17.  To view this labor agreement, please go to  and click on the appropriate link.

This recruitment will be used to generate a list of qualified candidates to fill current and future vacancies in the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and the Portland Water Bureau (PWB).

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

1. Knowledge of physical, biological, and/or ecological sciences, including knowledge in one or more of the following areas: wetlands, water quality, chemistry, limnology, statistics, botany, environmental science, engineering, hydrology, ecology, soils, geology, or research methodology.
2. Knowledge and experience applying theory and principles of environmental science to one or more of the following areas: watershed planning, restoration and management, technical investigations, impact analysis, monitoring.
3. Ability and experience planning and managing projects, including: reviewing, organizing and directing the work of a work group; motivating assigned staff and managing work flow; developing and monitoring project scope, budget, and schedule.
4. Knowledge and experience working with environmental laws and code for compliance and permitting, such as the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and/or other local, state and federal laws.
5. Ability and experience analyzing and clearly presenting data and technical information in verbal, written, graphic, tabular or other forms and conducting effective presentations to various audiences, agencies and the public.

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