Seasonal Maintenance Worker - Open Continuous

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 08, 2023
Full Time Building Maintenance
  • Salary: $18.90 Hourly USD

Job Description

The Position

The City of Portland invites applications for Seasonal Maintenance Workers!

Candidates that apply may be considered for vacancies with Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Water Bureau.


Position Summary: Portland Parks & Recreation has over 50 entry-level job opportunities for Seasonal Maintenance Workers across the city. We are looking for people to maintain park facilities, golf courses, sports fields, pools, fountains, and the Portland International Raceway. These seasonal, entry-level positions are for adults of all ages and backgrounds. We will provide training to individuals that meet the minimum requirements. If you are looking for career development working in the outdoors, enjoy being physically active, and want to help make your community clean, safe, and welcoming for all, join us at Portland Parks & Recreation!

We are looking to fill open positions in several different geographic areas and work groups. For more information about the specific Seasonal Maintenance Worker jobs you can apply for with Portland Parks & Recreation, see below for Additional Information.

PP&R Seasonal Maintenance Worker Duties:
  • Learn and perform manual labor and tasks
  • Operate pick-ups, smaller flatbed and dump trucks, and other automotive equipment not requiring a Commercial Driver's License
  • Perform pre-and post-trip safety inspection of vehicles
  • Operate hand-held power tools, such as mowers, trimmers, edgers, etc.
  • Work safely and wear personal protective equipment for various tasks
  • Work independently, or as part of a team
  • Understand and follow basic oral and simple written instructions in English
  • Cleaning restrooms and removing trash

Position Summary: Portland Bureau of Transportation has approximately 8 job opportunities for Seasonal Maintenance Workers to support the Maintenance Operations Group. The Maintenance Operations Group maintains our city streets, bridges, tunnels, traffic signs, pavement markings, and cleans and repairs the city's sewer lines. PBOT maintenance workers are out on the streets 365 days a year - cleaning, repairing and paving the way. For many, the workday begins before most of us have enjoyed our morning coffee. While for others, the setting sun signals the start of their shifts. Our crews all have the same goal: streets, roads and bridges that allow people and goods to move through our city. But maintenance workers don't just help people get around. They also maintain the city's sewer and stormwater conveyance system. The Seasonal Maintenance Worker is a member of the bureau's 24-hour response team. You may be required to work after-hour, evening, weekend, and holiday emergency response.

Learn more about Portland Bureau of Transportation at:

PBOT Seasonal Maintenance Worker Duties:
  • Assist in applying and finishing asphalt, concrete, and road surface material; perform other tasks related to paving
  • Assist in applying thermoplastic pavement markings and cleaning/maintaining street signs
  • Assist with graffiti abatement on traffic signs, retaining walls, etc.
  • Move office equipment, furniture, machinery
  • Pick up and deliver various types of equipment, materials, mail, parts, and supplies
  • Stock, sort, inventory, and store parts and supplies
  • Assist with sewer repair and sewer cleaning activities
  • Assists in setting up work zone traffic controls
  • Completing forms and writing basic reports on work, time and materials used

Working Conditions:

Work is typically performed in a field environment. Seasonal Maintenance Workers (SMW) are typically required to negotiate rough terrain; to safely lift up to 100 pounds with or without assistance; work outdoors in all weather conditions; work in and around traffic, equipment or machinery; wear protective gear. SMWs may encounter irate people, people experiencing mental illness, and people under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the course of their work.

These are seasonal positions and vary in hours worked up to a maximum of 1600 hours per calendar year.

Wages and Benefits:
  • Starting wage is $18.90 per hour. SMWs returning for a second year earn $20.48 per hour. SMWs returning for a third year $22.05. Additional pay provided when employees are assigned a swing shift (12:00PM noon to 6:59PM) or graveyard shift (7:00PM to 5:59AM)
  • Benefits for employees scheduled to work at least 28 hours per week
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits for employees, their spouse/domestic partner and eligible dependent children up to age 26 start the first of the month, following date of hire
  • Eleven paid holidays; Employees eligible to take up to ten additional days of unpaid leave with Supervisor approval.
  • All SMW employees shall begin to accrue sick time from their first day of employment and earn one (1) hour of sick time for every 20 hours worked up to a maximum of 80 hours per calendar year.
  • Clothing allowance of $200 annually.
  • Wellness benefits including 10 free mental health counseling sessions, financial counseling, legal advice and more

This classification is represented by the Seasonal Maintenance Worker Laborers' Local 483. To view this labor agreement, please go to: ( ). Please note, an updated labor contract was ratified February 2023. The updated contact will be uploaded when available.

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 serves a population of over 650,000. Culture and solutions are our focus. We view every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our experience. We are committed to removing barriers to resources, access, and opportunity.

The City is a believer inallpeople and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. If you are open-minded, interested, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

Ability to learn manual labor tasks. Ability to perform medium to heavy manual labor for extended periods, including standing for long periods of time, and squatting or kneeling. Ability to work with co-workers and members of the public from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Ability to work effectively within a team and independently without direct continuous supervision. Ability to work outside in all weather conditions. Ability to learn and use safe working practices and report safety problems.

Applicant must also:
  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of hire.
  • Have a current/valid state driver's license. Applicants must meet City " good driver " requirements.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical, including a physical capacities test after an offer is made.
  • Complete Chainsaw Operations and Lockout/Tagout Trainings after hire (PBOT only)

The Recruitment Process

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:

Work History Answers to the Supplemental Questions Work Experience: Fully describe your relevant work experience and/or any unpaid volunteer experience, making sure to explain how your experience demonstrates the qualifications listed in the "To Qualify" section above.

Supplemental Questions: Please answer all required questions.

  • Your work history and answers to the supplemental questions will be scored for this position. Incomplete work history and answers to the supplemental questions may prevent you from moving forward.
  • Your work history should support your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you served in the military, you may ask for preference. More information can be found below. You may provide in your answers to the questions and resume, any skills gained during your service and how they relate to each of the required minimum skills for this job.
Please note, applications for this position must be turned in no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment. Applications must be turned in through the City's online application system. Do not attach materials not listed. E-mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.


Physical Capacities Testing

Unless you are a current City of Portland employee in a position requiring a similar or more demanding Physical Capabilities Test (PCT), you will be required to participate in and pass the pre-placement PCT as part of the conditional job offer you may receive for this position. The PCT is administered by an independent occupational expert and will consist of performing tasks similar to those you would do on the job. You may review the knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions for this job class here: . You should be prepared to do your best, use good body mechanics and be in good condition. While each job class will have its own tests, listed below are examples of tasks you may be asked to perform:
•Crawl for 50 feet.
•Pull a weighted sled for 20 feet.
•Step up and down on an 11" platform for a 6 minute duration.
•Shovel repetitively.
•Climb a vertical ladder as high as 6 feet.
•Turn a valve.
•Walk on uneven terrain.
•Hammering repetitively.
•Carry a weighted crate (maximum distance is 50 feet); weight varies by job class.
•Lift a weighted crate from the floor to as much as 40" high; weight varies by job class.
•Detach, move and attach plastic forms from a full range of body positions, from lying on your back to reaching overhead.
•Lift dumbbells repetitively (maximum 20 lbs. each) from knee height to overhead.

Additional Information

Work Status: Must be a US Citizen or have documents that allow you to work within the US at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you want to ask for Veterans' Preference, please add the following to your application:
  • Add a copy of your veteran document (DD214 or Veteran’s Benefit Letter)
  • Check the box that you are a Veteran
  • Check the box asking for veteran preference

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Request: If you would like to request a reasonable change when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below.

Equal Employment: No person will be looked at as unfavorable 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 wants everyone who is interested in working at the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: Employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English and who use their language skill to assist the community, may receive additional pay. More about the process can be found here.

Did you know? We have How to Apply Classes that are free on how to apply to the City. Click the link for the list of dates:


Vanessa Valdez, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Learn more about Portland Parks & Recreation:


This team maintains our swimming pools and recreational fountains, including:

  • Getting outdoor pools and fountains open for summer and closed for winter

  • Cleaning (removing litter, pressure-washing, etc.) pools and fountains
  • Testing water in pools, maintaining water chemistry, backwash filters, etc.

Athletic Fields

This team keeps our athletic fields ready for play by leagues and others, including:

  • Preparing, maintaining, and striping sports fields
  • Other tasks to keep fields safe and ready for use
  • Renovate/design fields
  • Work at various sporting event tournaments
  • Work in a team environment
  • Learn and use different small engine equipment

Community Gardens

  • Fixing garden infrastructure including locks, paths, and garden beds
  • Supporting gardener work parties
  • Driving large trucks

Golf Ground Maintenance

Work at one of our five golf courses across the city. Work includes:

  • Mowing greens, tees, fairways, and rough areas, and maintaining bunkers
  • Picking up trash and cleaning restrooms

  • Digging, raking, edging, pruning, irrigation and flower bed maintenance

Horticulture Services

This team does a variety of landscape work, including:

  • Maintaining planters and landscapes outside city-owned buildings
  • String trimming, hedge shearing, hand weeding, blowing, and rough area maintenance

  • Loading, unloading, and watering nursery plant material and delivering them to work sites

Developed Park Maintenance (various locations around the city)

Seven maintenance teams care for 100+ developed parks throughout Portland, including:

  • Cleaning restrooms and removing trash
  • Safely operating City-owned vehicles

  • Working independently
  • Operating small equipment such as edgers, trimmers, blowers
  • Assisting with horticultural projects such as mulching, weeding, edging lawns, watering, and working with volunteers
  • Maintaining positive relationships with community members

Native Gathering Garden
Tend the land at the Native Gathering Garden at Thomas Cully Park, blending Indigenous and dominant-culture land care methods, including:
  • Working with the Indigenous community and other Portland Parks staff
  • Driving large trucks, hauling a trailer, and using a variety of hand and power tools
  • Providing routine path maintenance,
  • removing unwanted and ‘invasive’ plants across the site without using herbicides or pesticides, caring for wanted plants, and helping with tending
  • Primarily independent work with some opportunity to work with groups

Candidates with knowledge of Native Plants strongly preferred.

Natural Areas

Two teams work in natural areas east or west of the Willamette River, including:

  • Cleaning restrooms and removing trash and graffiti
  • Trail and sign maintenance
  • Assisting with landscaping and planting
  • Assisting with volunteer events

Portland International Raceway (PIR)

This team works at the city’s only raceway, including:

  • Cleaning track surface, guardrail repair, tire bundle fabrication and repair
  • Preparation and clean-up for various public events and professional races
  • Cleaning buildings/restrooms, emptying trash, picking up litter

Urban Forestry

Our forestry team does a range of work supporting the city’s urban canopy, including:

  • Mulching, hand weeding, raking, deep root tree watering, minor pruning
  • Assessing tree health
  • Driving a 1-ton flatbed pick up with water tank and pump throughout the city

This summary outlines the benefit programs, actual benefits may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

The City of Portland offers a comprehensive benefit package that is competitive with other private and public sector employers.

More detailed information can be obtained by calling the Health & Financial Benefits Office at 503-823-6031.

Health Care (Medical, Vision and Dental)
A Seasonal Maintenance Worker (SMW) is eligible for health benefits (medical, dental, vision) 1st of the month following date of hire or re-hire.
Coverage is available to employees, their spouse/domestic partner and eligible dependent children up to age 26.
The City pays 90% of the cost of coverage, employees pay 10%.

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
The City currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.
Employees who are OPSRP members are vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65.

Sick Leave
SMWs accrue sick leave in accordance with the City of Portland protected sick time law.

Family Medical Leave
In accordance with federal and state law, and the City policy for family medical leave, the City grants family and medical leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical related reasons.

Closing Date/Time: 12/31/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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