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Multnomah County Drainage District #1 - Operations & Maintenance Assistant Technician (Temporary)

Posted: 6/9/2022
Salary: $17.25/hr - $23.29/hr (DOE)
Location: Portland, OR

Application deadline:

Open until Filled; First Review June 21, 2022



The Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD) reduces flood risk by maintaining our levee system, managing drainage, and responding to emergencies across 13,000 acres of land along the Columbia Slough and lower Columbia River. MCDD manages four public agencies, led by elected boards, that collectively operate and maintain 27 miles of levees, 12 pump stations and 45 miles of sloughs, canals, and culverts.

Our flood control systems reduce flood risk for residential communities, the Portland International Airport, sections of I-5, I-205, and I-84, Oregon’s second largest supply of drinking water, and critical electricity and gas hubs. We are looking for a motivated and hardworking individual to support our Operations team and the work they do to maintain and operate our flood control systems.

If you love being outdoors and the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks critical to public infrastructure, this is the ideal position for you! Although our mission is what brings all of us together, there is much more than meets the eye when you work for MCDD. With a comprehensive benefits package and access to an agency culture like no other, we are a group that looks forward to coming to work every day.

About the Position:

This position will perform various tasks, including pump station inspections, beaver dam and stormwater blockage removal, the operation of vehicles, including trucks and trailers, painting, and support on Operation & Maintenance (O&M) projects as needed. The assistant will also perform servicing and minor repairs to tools and equipment, perform manual labor tasks with small equipment and hand tools, perform building maintenance, and complete paperwork associated with different administrative tasks. Work is performed in partnership with the operations crew or independently. The position reports to the Operations Manager.



  • Competitive Salary
  • Medical Stipend
  • Vacation and Sick Time accrual, pro-rated based on hours worked
  • Casual dress code
  • Office Perks:We believe in snacking! Our breakroom is always properly stocked.Frequent visits from our 4-legged team membersBeautiful views of the Columbia Slough WatershedAccess to open outdoor spacesShowers and access to bike parking
  • Work Culture:Open access to leadershipCollaborative environmentSupportive of families with children
  • Location:MCDD is in the Sunderland neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, a city known for a wide range of restaurants, breweries, and easy access to both the coast and mountains. The area offers a variety of neighborhoods, bike-friendly streets, and amenities of a large city.

General Responsibilities:

Perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to the operation of vehicles and equipment, including truck & trailer, herbicide spray tanks, hydro-seeder; perform servicing and minor repairs to tools and equipment; perform manual labor tasks with small equipment and hand tools; perform building maintenance and application of general use herbicides; complete paperwork associated with different tasks. Work is performed as part of our O&M team and is supervised by a crew lead.

  • Follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Follow all safety standards and guidelines.
  • Assist with routine maintenance in:Levee systemsPump station systemsDrainage waysFacilities repairs
  • Perform essential core tasks for system reliability.Weekly pump station inspectionsDrainage way clearing and debris removalPump station and culvert grates clearingLevee mowing and other vegetation removalsWeed eating pump stations and levee areas.Herbicide application


Duties Applying to All Employees

It is the duty of all employees to:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Strive to achieve the Mission, Vision, and Values of the organization.
  • Perform the duties assigned during an emergency.
  • Remain within a 10-hour response time during the District’s Partial Emergency Activation or as specified by the Executive Director.
  • Work well with the community and be a strong ambassador for MCDD.
  • Ensure and encourage a safe workplace environment


Minimum Requirements:

Knowledge of:

  • Safe work practices and the safety culture
  • Working with power tools and equipment
  • Reading, math, and communication (oral, listening, and written) skills equivalent to those obtained by completing high school or commensurate experience

Ability to:

  • Work in a team environment
  • Have a positive attitude in a work setting
  • Operate simple power tools and hand tools
  • Learn and apply safety techniques and standards
  • Periodically bend, twist, and climb in and out of vehicles and equipment
  • Required to climb and/or work on steep slopes
  • Work with pesticides and other chemicals safely
  • Work on water
  • Work outdoors for extended periods under unfavorable conditions
  • Lift 100 pounds and maneuver 50 pounds
  • Utilize computers or other electronic devices to document work

Education, Experience, and Special Requirements:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D
  • Valid class “C” state driver’s license (valid driver’s license for 1 year or more) and clean driving record
  • Requires 0-2 years related experience.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience operating basic power tools.
  • Knowledge of construction site safety awareness
  • Experience operating workboat with an outboard motor.


Working Environment:

Work is performed in both a standard office environment and in the field; exposure to variable and/or extreme weather conditions, flowing water, water-borne pathogens found in floodwater, and off-road driving conditions; standing, walking, driving, hiking, digging, and may be required to lift to 100 pounds and carry 50 pounds.

This position is a safety-sensitive position that requires applicants to pass a pre-employment drug screening.




Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities. Please contact Tracy Olmedo at (503)281-5675 or for any questions on accessibility or accommodation during the hiring process.

Veterans’ Preference:

Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference when applying for MCDD positions. If you are a veteran and would like to request Veterans’ Preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents (Copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 or 215; Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s Disability Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) with your application submittal. Documentation must be received by the closing date and time of this recruitment for the applicant to receive Veterans’ Preference.

Equal employment opportunity:

All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made, or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities. This position is not represented.

How to apply:

Please submit the following, in PDF form, via our Smartsheet link found here: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A complete packet will include:

  • Resume
  • Supplemental Question Response

In a separate PDF attachment, please answer the following supplemental questions

A. Do you have a Valid Class “C” state driver’s license with a clean driving record and a 1 year minimum of driving experience?

B. If applicable, please describe your experience and/or qualifications in any of the listed items below:

  • Herbicide Application
  • Construction site safety awareness
  • Mechanical experience
  • Power tool and hand-tool experience
  • Work boat with an outboard motor