Field Assistant, Canopy Weeds (Seasonal, 3 Openings)

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 12:00am



Portland, OR
United States

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Forest Park Conservancy protects and fosters the ecological health of Forest Park, maintains and enhances the park's extensive trails network and inspires community appreciation and future stewardship as a gift for generations. Each year, we work with 1,000 volunteers to maintain trails, remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs. Forest Park Conservancy is leading a 20-year campaign to restore 15,000 acres of public and private lands to ensure the long-term health of Forest Park.

The Field Assistant, Canopy Weeds position is responsible for identifying and manually removing invasive weeds from trees that are negatively impacted by their growth, primarily on private properties in the perimeter of Forest Park. 


  • Identify and manually remove invasive weeds (Hedera Helix, Hedera Hibernica and Clematis Vitalba) from trees that are negatively impacted by their growth. 
  • Use GPS tools to ensure restoration work occurs only on properties that have agreed to and signed the "Permission to access land and treat target weeds" contract. 
  • Occasionally, inform the public about the goals of the Canopy Weeds program and specifics of their duties if Project Manager is not on site. 
  • At the end of every work day, complete the Daily Project Report form, noting properties worked on, number of trees cleared from each property, and any important information about the site (i.e. other invasive weeds present, significant garbage, dangerous terrain, noxious weeds, etc.).

Forest Park Conservancy is a small, collaborative nonprofit organization with big ideals. The Field Assistant should be flexible, helpful and a good communicator. This individual should be organized, hardworking and able to plan and think holistically in an outdoor, natural area setting. This individual should be comfortable with hand tools, small power equipment, traveling through the outdoors and working in all weather conditions and terrain.

REPORTS TO: Project Manager
SCHEDULE: 5 days, 40 hours/week, M-F
DURATION: February through April or May (3-4 months)
WORK LOCATION: Work day begins at 2960 NW Upshur St. Portland, OR 97210

How to Apply:

Email your resume, cover letter and three references to with “Field Assistant, Canopy Weeds” in the subject line. 

Applications accepted until January 21, 2017, or until a suitable pool of applicants has been established.

Forest Park Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection of candidates for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, military service, family medical history, legal source of income, gender identity, political affiliation, or family leave obligations. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Compensation Information:

$15 per hour