Botanic Specialist II - Community Gardens

  • Portland OR
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Sep 16, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation

Job Description

The Position

Botanic Specialist II - Community Gardens is an integral member of a collaborative network that supports, coordinates, develops, and manages educational and community engagement programs, activities, and co-maintenance to support access to culturally significant plants for the Native American Community. This position works to nurture community health and wellness, recognizing that land is our greatest ally in reclaiming health and wellness, both environmentally and socially. Specifically, the Botanic Specialist II - Community Gardens supports restoration, regeneration and the enlivening of land care ethics in the Native Gathering Garden at Cully Park and other sites throughout the land currently known as the Portland Metro Area.
In 2012, the concept for the design feature of the Native Gathering Garden (NGG) at Cully Park emerged from recognition that Portland's Urban Native American Community, representing over 380 tribes and bands from across the country, faces barriers to accessing culturally significant plants for food, medicine and ceremony. A community process to design, develop and plant the NGG will continue over the next four years. The NGG will promote ongoing access to gather while reflecting the cultural identity of our region's Indigenous Peoples, promoting opportunities for cultural knowledge sharing, education, and land care ethics.
This position will:

  • Support and advise the NGG project manager, public involvement consultant, the Native American Community and other stakeholders to complete the NGG
  • Develop and implement restoration and maintenance strategies for 8-acre site
  • Implement or coordinate all site maintenance including organic non-native plant removal, mulching, irrigation and path maintenance, trimming and seasonal mowing
  • Engage community in care for NGG to ensure it is a safe and accessible resource
  • Develop a seasonal calendar of culturally-specific activities and events to engage the diverse Indigenous Community and support the healthy restoration and regeneration of the NGG
  • Develop policies and practices to support community access to culturally significant plants
  • Facilitate, deliver and host knowledge-sharing events
  • Formalize an advisory committee/team to ensure community/Indigenous leadership is involved in all decision making and prioritizes community/Indigenous perspective/knowledge
  • Identify opportunities and priorities for collaboration with partner organizations and develop reciprocal community and partner relationships
  • Collaborate with other agencies/partners to co-host events/gathering opportunities at various locations
  • Share stories through the development and distribution of outreach materials
  • Host interns from partner organizations and strategic and mutually beneficial research and learning opportunities with college-level students
  • Help partners navigate the PP&R system (event permitting, etc.)
  • Educate and advise Parks/City stakeholders on protocol and all matters pertaining to the Native American Community, provide internal capacity building and consultation 

Strong candidates for this position will possess several of the following competencies: have established relationships within the Native American Community; experience doing physical environmental/sustainability work that includes Indigenous perspectives; understanding of Tribal treaty rights, land use policy and current affairs affecting access to Indigenous cultural practices; proven flexibility collaborating amongst multiple stakeholders; and experience working with diverse communities and practicing cultural competency skills.

OPTIONAL INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS: 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, September 26, 2019 6:00- 7:00 pm
Native Gathering Garden at Cully Park

5810 NE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
St. Johns Community Center
8427 N Central St., Portland, OR, 97203
 For instructions on how to participate remotely for Tuesday, October 8th, please contact Tamara Larison at no later than 1:00 pm (PST) October 8, 2019.

Remember to say you found this opportunity at


Government- Local/Regional


$31.53 - $40.23 Hourly