Botanic Specialist II

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Portland, OR


The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is hiring a Botanic Specialist II - Generalist to join the Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance (O&M) team within the Revegetation Section of the Watershed O&M Division.

The Revegetation Section manages BES's green infrastructure throughout the city and supports Capital Improvement projects, City Bureaus, outside partners, and customers. The Green Infrastructure O&M team is primarily responsible for operating and maintaining vegetated public stormwater facilities such as green street facilities (roadway stormwater planters) and larger, neighborhood-scale stormwater facilities, applying principles of adaptive management to optimize green infrastructure condition and function within resource constraints.

The program’s work includes reviewing project plans and specifications, planting and establishing vegetation in new facilities, repairing and rehabilitating damaged or failing facilities, maintaining the large portfolio of stormwater assets, and responding to community member service requests.

The Position

This position is responsible for operations and maintenance of a large portfolio of green stormwater infrastructure assets, including almost 500 green streets in addition to multiple larger, neighborhood-scale stormwater facilities. The Botanic Specialist II inspects and assesses the condition of green assets, issues work orders to maintenance contractors and in-house technicians, coordinates and oversees all planting and maintenance activities, and tracks asset data in Infor Public Sector (Hansen, the Bureau’s enterprise asset management system) and other databases.

The position reviews plan sets and specifications for new Capital, Interagency, and Public Works Permit projects, inspects facilities during construction, and coordinates the planting and establishment of newly-constructed facilities. The position works with other site managers and bureau staff to develop improved maintenance strategies and business processes to more efficiently and effectively meet the Bureau’s goals of protecting public health, water quality, and the environment.

The Botanic Specialist is expected to carry out the position's responsibilities with initiative and independence while exercising sound professional judgment and collaborating with other section, division, and bureau staff.


Applicants should specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and résumé how their education, training, and/or experience meet each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of green stormwater infrastructure and/or fields related to the mission and purpose of the organizational unit and Bureau, such as botany, horticulture, landscape maintenance, natural resource management, ecology, urban watershed management, stormwater management, or closely related fields. 
  2. Knowledge of horticultural principles and experience with vegetation maintenance.
  3. Ability to identify native and desirable plant species typically planted in green stormwater facilities as well as invasive/nuisance plants and weeds commonly found in the Portland-metro area.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, co-workers, the public and others encountered in the course of work. 
  5. Ability to apply an equity lens in project and program implementation by considering impacts to diverse communities, particularly Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color who have experienced disproportionate environmental impacts and unequal access to government services and benefits. 
  6. Ability to use modern software applications to accurately record data and manage workflow; ability to quickly become proficient with Infor Public Sector enterprise asset management software.