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Noise Analyst (Code Specialist II): Portland, OR

The Noise Analyst is responsible for investigating community noise-related concerns, explaining codes, policies, laws, and procedures to ensure compliance with Title 18-Noise Control in the City of Portland. Within the Noise Office of the Office of Community & Civic Life, the Noise Analyst is responsible for examining and problem-solving noise concerns and determining violations of Title 18-Noise Control. This individual may attend public or community meetings to explore concerns and potential solutions to urban noise pollution and may also assist the City's Noise Control Officer in the collection of sound and noise data for research and reporting purposes. Due to the nature of when noise concerns occur, the Noise Analyst may conduct after hour and weekend investigations and may be required to negotiate rough terrain, climb ladders and/or traverse construction sites, work outdoors in all weather conditions, work in and around traffic, work alone in remote locations, and be exposed to potentially unfriendly or frustrated individuals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Respond to community noise-related concerns by researching applicable resources.
  • Perform field inspections, document violations, and provide written reports and notifications.
  • Research and apply complex codes to develop compliance solutions with various agencies, bureaus, businesses and community stakeholders.
  • Utilize a variety of GIS software, computer-aided drafting, graphics and other applications to
  • carry out assigned responsibilities.
  • Prepare violation cases and represent the City in code hearings.
  • Process applications for noise variances and permits.
  • Perform individual responsibilities with initiative, independence and creativity while exercising sound professional judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Participate in review and revisions to code as applied to code enforcement; may develop, write and recommend administrative rules for specific code(s).
  • Work with multiple parties, e.g. business owners or property managers, to find creative solutions to achieve compliance with City regulations.

An ideal candidate will have a strong analytic background and in-depth knowledge or experience analyzing, interpreting, explaining and applying relevant laws, regulations, ordinances and policies. They will also have strong communication skills as this position must be able to communicate with various agencies, bureaus, businesses and community stakeholders. They will be a creative problem solver who will negotiate with stakeholders to find solutions to violations without relying solely on enforcement actions. Although not required, bilingual skills in one or more of the City's harbor languages are preferred, and data visualization experience is desired.

This individual will have a strong equity analysis. When enforcing code and drafting policy language, understanding the impact to community and specific target communities is necessary for this program to continue to achieve programmatic goals as outlined below, and in line with the bureau's Racial Equity Plan:

  • Develop a City-wide livability framework that incorporates methods for restorative well-being that enhances livability, quality of life, and sense of place.
  • Empower community members by facilitating collaborative opportunities that encourage an inclusive community voice and c issues.
  • Increase outreach and education about the benefits of the Livability Programs to reduce the number of complaint-based calls by 20%.
  • In partnership with other Civic Life programs, expand the scope of community and agency partnerships to develop holistic approaches to address nuisance and livability concerns.

About the Noise Office

The Noise Office works to improve neighborhood livability by managing the City's noise regulations and educating the community about the benefits of the sounds of the City while permitting vibrant events and construction within Portland communities.

The Office of Community & Civic Life connects the people of Portland with their City government to promote the common good. Our programs create a culture of collaboration, expanding possibilities for all Portlanders to contribute their knowledge, experience, and creativity to address local concerns and make life better in the city we all share.

Civic Life is committed to creating and supporting a multicultural and multilingual workforce to support all Portlanders and their engagement with Local Government.  Apply now to join our team!  For more information about the Office of Community & Civic Life, please visit

The current vacancy is in the Office of Community & Civic Life. The eligible list generated from this recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies in the Bureau of Development Service (BDS) and /or the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS).

This classification is represented by the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link. 

To Qualify


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge of regulations and the impact of enforcement actions.
  2. Geographic information system concepts, practices, and techniques, including computer mapping and attribute data conversion, transfer, manipulation, and analysis; GIS software, tools, and applications; relational database concepts and practices.
  3. Experience researching complex codes and explaining code violations to both knowledgeable and laypersons.
  4. Experience with data collection, analysis, documentation of code violations, and preparation of clear and concise written communications.
  5. Experience operating computers, and other investigative equipment such as environmental noise measurement equipment and audio recording or sampling devices.
  6. Ability to remain calm and communicate effectively during verbal abuse or adversarial interactions.
  7. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation in programs and activities; communicate cross-culturally.


For additional information and detailed instructions for application, please visit

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