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Gresham takes a creative approach to recruiting challenges

March 30, 2022

Gresham is in the midst of hiring for seasonal Public Utility Worker positions that support Gresham’s Operations Center. However, with over thirty positions to fill and given the state of the current labor market, the City has struggled to get applicants. In an attempt to overcome these challenges, the City is taking a creative approach to support recruiting efforts. Members of Gresham’s Homeless Services Team will be taking copies of applications with them and helping those they encounter to apply for the open positions.

“Gresham’s Homeless Services Team connects people experiencing homelessness with the resources they need including employment,” said Community Services Manager Jessica Harper. “Some of our staff have lived experience with homelessness and for them, getting a reliable, well-paying job was one of the main things that propelled them off the streets and into stable housing. I am excited that these seasonal Public Utility Worker positions may offer that same opportunity to someone experiencing homelessness in Gresham today.”

The Gresham Homeless Services Team consists of three specialists who interact with approximately fifteen to twenty people every day. The team is intentional about connecting people with the resources they need whether it be shelter or employment opportunities. We are proud of our teams for continuously finding innovative solutions that benefit the entire community. 

Seasonal Public Utility Worker positions

  • Pay for Public Utility Worker positions is $19.27 per hour.
  • Positions begin in May and continue for up to six months.
  • Public Utility Workers work in Gresham’s Operation Center supporting wastewater, water, parks, storm water, and transportation divisions.

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