About this position:
The Science and Policy Coordinator provides leadership, coordination, and management of all science and policy work for the Urban Forestry division. This position supervises the staff that conduct this work, establishes best practices and strategies for the work, and ensures that work meets expectations. The position leads assessment of the impacts of policy, regulation, and programs on Portland’s urban forest. This position manages technical studies that track the health, quantity, and quality of the city’s trees. The coordinator provides technical review and guidance to staff working on reporting and data, provides analysis, and writes and edits reports on tree canopy, permit activities, and annual reports using a variety of databases and software.
As the Science and Policy Coordinator, you will:
- Provides leadership, oversight, and coordination of all science and policy work for the division, which may include tree inventory and monitoring, equity outcomes, canopy studies, GIS database maintenance and mapping, and City code and policy projects
- Hire, supervise, assign work to, train, and assist the Science and Policy team, which includes 3 full time employees, seasonal employees, and volunteers
- Design and manage technical studies, oversee or conduct analysis of data, and make recommendations for policy and operational changes
- Lead development of a wide variety of urban forestry policies and practices, such as approved street tree lists, response to pests and pathogens, pruning and planting standards, and code amendments.
- Oversee development and management of the division’s ArcGIS databases for tree planting, monitoring, inventory, heritage trees, and others.
- Lead reporting and publication efforts for the division, including editing, publishing, and presenting annual reports, canopy studies, inventory data, and more to diverse audiences through a variety of formats.
- Develop and document work plans, standard practices, and procedures.