Local recruitment: Source Protection Program Coordinator (Environmental Program Coordinator)

Portland Water Bureau

Portland, OR, USA 🇺🇸

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The Portland Water Bureau is seeking an Source Protection Program Coordinator (Environmental Program Coordinator) to join the Source Protection Team.  

  •  Are you passionate about protecting the watershed and aquifers that provide our drinking water?
  • Do you find joy in making sense of environmental data?        
  • Do you feel energized when organizing the work of teams and helping them problem-solve?
  • Do you get satisfaction when you engage collaboratively with colleagues to protect sensitive resources and the natural environment?

If yes, then you may be the Environmental Program Coordinator we are looking for! 

The Environmental Program Coordinator position is in the Water Bureau’s Resource Protection and Planning Group, specifically the Source Protection Division.   The Source Protection Division is charged with protecting the City’s two drinking water supplies, the Bull Run Watershed and the Columbia South Shore Well Field, and with leading the bureau’s adaptation to climate change.  You’ll be working within a dedicated collegial team that puts into daily practice the Water Bureau’s commitment to careful stewardship of the natural resources entrusted to our care. As an integral member of the team, you will manage small programs in the bureau’s Source Protection Division and will support the work of at least two senior program managers.  The work is multi-dimensional and requires a solid foundation in watershed and/or groundwater science, confidence working independently in remote forest settings, as well as excellent collaboration and communication skills. 

Do you have a background and passion for protecting the watershed and aquifers that provide our drinking water? In this position, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Manage a groundwater monitoring program in the Columbia South Shore Well Field and a culvert inspection program in the Bull Run watershed.  
  • Protect our aquifers by ensuring the monitoring wells are in good condition. You will coordinate staff to collect water quality samples and water level measurements during groundwater operations.
  • Lead the culvert inspection program to ensure these road crossings don’t impact aquatic habitat or the water quality in our reservoirs.  You will identify culvert maintenance and repair needs.
  • Help implement new Title 21 city code requirements for Bull Run Protection, including riparian protection plans, environmental impact assessments, as well as related staff education and coordination. 
  • Train staff about Bull Run standard operating procedures by developing and implementing e-learner training modules. 
  • Provide technical advice and oversight of contractor installation of new culverts that simulate the geomorphology of natural streams. 
  • Oversee annual reporting from regulated businesses in the Columbia South Shore Well Field protection zone to comply with city code and provide related training and technical assistance. 
  • Review development permit applications in the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

Do you find joy in making sense of environmental data?  In this position, you will …

  • Lead spatial and trend analysis of risks to drinking water aquifers in collaboration with the Bureau’s hydrogeologist, data modeler and GIS specialist.
  • Use culvert data to analyze risk to help inform planning of capital projects.
  • Review data to ensure quality and work with GIS and asset management staff to maintain a culvert database.

Do you feel energized when organizing the work of teams and helping them problem-solve? Do you get satisfaction when you engage collaboratively with colleagues to protect sensitive resources and the natural environment?  You will … 

  • Collaborate with senior program managers from your team, as well as engineers, technicians and analysts from across the bureau and with regulated businesses and partner organizations.   
  • Convene a monthly meeting of Water Quality and Operations staff to coordinate groundwater monitoring.
  • Train and schedule technicians, interns and/or seasonal staff to inspect culvert in a remote forest setting.  

The Environmental Program Coordinator may also provide support to the Environmental Compliance Division, as needed.

The Environmental Program Coordinator classification is described in detail on Portland’s Bureau of Human Resources website (link(Download PDF reader)).  

The current vacancy is in the Water Bureau. Additional future vacancies may exist in the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).  More information describing their work is under the Additional Information section.

About the Water Bureau:

The City of Portland Water Bureau’s mission is to serve excellent water every minute of every day to almost 1 million customers in the Portland Metropolitan area. We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We are committed to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for this position.  The Water Bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public.

Our mission: We serve excellent water every minute of every day.

Our vision: The water our community loves is safe and abundant for generations to come.

Our equity commitment: We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We commit to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities.

Our values:

Honor our responsibility. We take part in a long legacy of careful stewardship of natural resources, infrastructure, and public trust. We never forget that water is essential.

Serve our community. We know people depend on us. We are dedicated to listening, communicating, and acting with compassion.

Work well. Our strength lies in the skills, expertise, and creativity our employees bring to work every day. We work hard, we work safely, and we adapt.

Use money wisely. We work to control costs while maintaining high standards. We invest to make our water system stronger, more flexible, and better prepared for challenges ahead.

Build relationships. We recognize the power of collaboration–with customers, coworkers, and partner organizations. Our relationships guide our work.

City of Portland Core Values:

Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City’s core values, please click here.

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.  The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland’s benefits please click here.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status.  In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.  

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their resume and answers to supplemental questions how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience,  meets each of the following minimum qualifications:     

  1. Knowledge of principles, theories, methods and techniques of natural resources management and environmental protection.
  2. Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to watershed and aquifer protection.
  3. Knowledge of computer software applications related to watershed and aquifer protection
  4. Ability to plan, assign, direct and coordinate groundwater monitoring and culvert inspection field work and data analysis.
  5. Ability to prepare clear and concise records, reports, correspondence and other written material.  
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.

Applicant must also possess:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.  
  • Possess a valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record at the time of hire.

Ideal Candidate Profile:
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in environmental sciences or a closely related field; and two years of increasingly responsible natural resources management and environmental protection experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and with GPS-based field equipment is preferred.  

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in your resume and responses 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. **PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Approximate Recruitment Timeline:
• Posting: 10/11/2021-11/01/2021
• Applications Reviewed: week of 11/01/2021
• Eligible List: week of 11/08/2021
• First Round of Interviews: 11/15/2021 – 11/19/2021
• Second Round of Interviews: 11/29/2021 – 12/03/2021
• Job Offer: Week of 12/13/2021
• Start date is flexible and can be anytime between 2-6 weeks from offer date
Please note: All timelines are approximate and subject to change. This timeline may be delayed due to impacts from the current COVID-19 situation.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and answer all 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 rĂ©sumĂ© and answers to supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your supplemental question answers 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 your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume 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.

Additional Information

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

Veterans’ Preference: If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans’ Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance. 

Equal Employment Opportunity: 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.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City.  Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: www.bit.ly/howtoapplyclass

Forecast Vacancy – Bureau of Environmental Services
The Community Partnerships Division of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is comprised of five programs: Environmental Services Tree Team, Private Property Retrofits Program, Community Engagement, Clean Rivers Education, and Integrated Solutions Delivery. The division engages internal and external communities to provide living solutions to green-up neighborhoods, restore natural areas and complement BES sewer and stormwater facilities.

An EPC within Community Partnerships division of BES is responsible for engagement with community groups and other bureau and agency staff to empower communities to take leadership in local environmental projects.  EPCs provide grant and contract management; oversight and coordination of programs related to the Bureau’s mission to deliver safe, reliable service to the community while upholding all City and Bureau values; foster and grow valuable relationships with diverse and innovative partners to create livability and managed stormwater outcomes while working with internal bureau partners on the growth and care of natural areas and of green facilities like roadway bioswales.

Questions about the application process?
John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources
[email protected]
(503) 758-2030