City of St. Helens, Oregon
  • 10-Aug-2022 to Until Filled (PST)
  • St Helens, OR, USA
  • 4439-5245 per month
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, PERS retirement, HRA VEBA, vacation and sick leave, longevity pay, 13 paid holidays, Employee Assistance Program, and more

The City of St. Helens is seeking applicants for Librarian I (Youth Librarian). We are seeking applicants who wish to be a part of a family-oriented community with a commitment to enhancing the livability of St. Helens. There are exciting things happening in St. Helens. Come be a part of our team!

The City of St. Helens offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package (see below).


Situated on the beautiful Columbia River, St. Helens offers views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. A very pleasant hour drive to the west takes you to the Oregon coast while a 45-minute drive to the southeast takes you into the Portland metropolitan area. St. Helens is well situated for many outdoor activities including boating, fishing, walking, running, biking, hiking, golf, disc golf, and much more. St. Helens is the county seat for Columbia County and the largest city in the county with a population of nearly 15,000.

The downtown portion of St. Helens, near the riverfront, features a Nationally Registered Historic District encompassing 10 blocks, which includes residences and civic buildings dating back over a century. A recent purchase by the City of over 200 acres of waterfront property promises to enhance the livability of our town with a mix of development encouraging tourism, commercial growth, residential development, and water-related amenities.


The St. Helens Public Library had its beginning in 1915 as a bookshelf in a local furniture store. Today, it is in the handsome Columbia Center which includes a 79-seat auditorium. The library is a vibrant organization that serves the community with innovative programming and services for all ages. The creative and energetic staff includes the director, a reference librarian, a youth librarian, two library technicians, and four part-time library assistants. Recent accomplishments include the opening of a new makerspace, hosting a two-day genealogy conference featuring local and national speakers in a hybrid format, and the expansion of our Library of Things. The library's up-to-date collection also includes digital music and magazines, eBooks, and eAudiobooks.

Partnerships with area schools, Head Start, Parks and Recreation, the local history museum, and other organizations provide opportunities for programming in the library and the community. Our youth programming includes storytimes, after school STEM activities, collaborating with the library Makerspace, and of course, summer reading. The library is home to writers' guilds, book events, the Genial Genealogists, and the St. Helens Public Library Ukulele Orchestra.



  1. A master's degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution.
  2. Previous experience working with young people.
  3. Proficiency with Microsoft Office.


  1. Interested in, and affinity for, young people and knowledge of youth development principles.
  2. Knowledge of current library practices, especially as they relate to youth services.
  3. Knowledge of youth literature, media, and culture.
  4. Knowledge of principles of STEM and maker programs for young people.
  5. Ability to think strategically and see connections and possibilities across the library, City, and community.
  6. Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated success in working with people from many ages, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  7. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm, courteous, and solutions-focused in stressful situations.
  8. Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment.
  9. Commitment to public service and community.
  10. Enthusiasm for learning new things, a flexible approach, and an orientation to seeing mistakes as opportunities to learn and innovate.
  11. Ability to adhere to safety and confidentiality policies.
  12. Ability to exercise sound judgment while upholding high integrity and ethical standards.
  13. Strong organizational skills.
  14. Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  15. Ability to handle multiple tasks, often with overlapping or time-sensitive deadlines.
  16. Strong attention to detail.
  17. Ability to communicate in the English language in person, by phone, and in video calls in both one-to-one and group settings.


  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must obtain valid CPR/First Aid Card as offered.


  1. Previous experience in public library youth services.
  2. Previous experience with youth STEM events, makerspace technologies, coding, and/or digital design or creation tools.
  3. Previous experience in community education, especially informal or self-directed learning.
  4. Spanish language fluency.

Please see job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications, and requirements.


  • Monthly salary*: $4,439 (Step 1) to $5,245 (Step 5)
  • Regular full-time (40 hours per week)
  • Schedule: generally, Wednesday through Saturday, 9AM - 7PM; some alternate scheduling may be required
  • This is a non-exempt position (overtime eligible)
  • Union covered (AFSCME Local No. 1789)

*A cost-of-living increase is still under negotiation with the union. The monthly salary may increase slightly if a cost-of-living increase is approved.


The City of St. Helens offers a generous benefits package that includes the following:

  • Diverse health, vision and dental insurance packages for employee and family with only a 2% out-of-pocket premium
  • Fully paid participation in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Two to six weeks of paid vacation
  • Accrued sick leave (12 days per year)
  • $50 monthly towards a health club membership
  • Life insurance

The successful candidate will be required to pass a background investigation, including criminal and driving records.

Position is open until filled. First review deadline will be September 9, 2022.

If you are an honorably discharged veteran of the armed forces and would like veterans' preference points, please contact Human Resources Coordinator Kathy Payne at for paperwork and documentation requirements.

The City of St. Helens is an equal opportunity employer.

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