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    • Now accepting SummerWorks internship applications! See if a career in public service is right for you.

    • Gresham Police Cadets take an active role by participating in police ride-alongs, traffic patrols, records management and crime prevention.

    • Ricki started at the City as a SummerWorks intern, working on the successful Vance Park futsal project, while attending college, for the Office of Governance and Management. Today, Ricki is a full-time crime prevention specialist with the City.

    • SummerWorks intern Michelle Jamarillo helped the Water Resources Division in 2016 on the “Dump No Waste – Drains to Stream” campaign to mark stormdrains.

Explore City Careers

  • Looking for ways to learn more about the City of Gresham and the careers we offer? We're pleased to share the diverse and meaningful work we do on behalf of the community.

    Read about public service careers, the types of jobs in public service and interviews with the employees who do them.

    Explore with us

    Due to COVID-19, City Hall is closed and tours and job shadow experiences are not available at this time. 

    • Informational Interviews
    • Job Shadows
    • Tours
    Informational Interviews

    Let us answer your questions. An informational interview is an informal conversation with a professional working in an area that interests you, who can give you information and advice. We're happy to connect you with one of our employees.

    Due to COVID-19, City Hall is closed and informational interviews will be conducted virtually.

    Interested? Fill out our Explore Careers form.

    Job Shadows

    Come see how we work. A job shadow experience lets you watch a professional in your area of interest to get a better understanding of the career and the day-to-day work involved.

    Placements are made as capacity allows.

    Interested? Fill out our Explore Careers form. 


    With notice, the City can arrange for groups to get a firsthand look at City facilities and learn about the work we do.

    Contact Ashley Graff at 503-618-2297 or

  • Internships

    Most internship openings are posted on our Jobs page.

    Gain experience working for the City, learn new skills and see if a career in public service is in your future. 

  • SummerWorks Internships

    SummerWorks is currently accepting applications for the City's summer internship placements, which run July through August.

    • The SummerWorks program places youth, ages 16-24, in paid summer internships at the City and throughout the metro area.
    • It is a 180-hour experience with job coaching.
    • Placement with the City is not guaranteed. 

    For questions about interning with the City, email 

    Fire Cadets

    Motivated young men and women develop leadership, teamwork and responsibility skills while exploring the firefighting profession.

    Once qualified, Cadets can respond to emergency calls in support roles and perform non-emergency tasks according to their training.  

    Learn more about the Fire Cadets.

    Police Cadets

    Police Cadets recruitment runs Oct. 1-15, 2018. Fill out an application using the link below.

    Considering a career in public safety? Police Cadets take an active role in police ride-alongs, traffic patrols, records management, crime prevention, citizen interaction and security for community events.

    Learn more about the Police Cadets

    Engineering Internships

    The City provides internships for students studying civil and environmental engineering.

    We partner with Portland State University’s Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP).

    MECOP provides two, six-month paid internships for Oregon State University (OSU); Portland State University (PSU); Oregon Tech (OT); and University of Portland (UP) students in various engineering programs.

    • Students apply their sophomore year near the end of March, with interviews in May. This process is known as Selection.
    • Students selected for the program find out over the summer.
    • Placement occurs the end of January of their junior and senior year.

    Questions? Contact Jeff Loftin, Civil Engineer II, Department of Environmental Services, at 503-618-2669 or

    AmeriCorps Positions

    The City hosts 11-month AmeriCorps positions in partnership with Confluence AmeriCorps.

    • AmeriCorps offers members the chance to serve the community while gaining valuable skills and experience in the environmental justice field.
    • Current AmeriCorps posts at the City with Recycling and Solid Waste include multifamily recycling and solid waste outreach projects to tenants and building managers.
    • Past projects completed with AmeriCorps include wildlife surveys, downspout disconnection, riverbank and wetland stewardship projects.
    • Interviews occur in late July and selected AmeriCorps members start service in mid-September.
    • Members are compensated $13,500 per year plus additional bonuses and benefits. 


    Learn more about AmeriCorps.

  • Partners 

    Does your organization work to provide career exposure? To discuss how we might work together, contact Ashley Graff at 503-618-2297 or

    Volunteer opportunities

    Interested in learning more about the City through a volunteer opportunity? Read about our Volunteer Program.