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The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) is part of the Institute for Natural Resources and is based at Portland State University. ORBIC leads INR's biodiversity and conservation work; and, its key function is to maintain, develop and distribute biodiversity information in Oregon. The center works with partners across the region to provide the most comprehensive information on plants, wildlife, fish, fungi, and vegetation communities throughout Oregon. ORBIC houses a wealth of information, including the most comprehensive database of rare, threatened and endangered species of Oregon. ORBIC was originally formed by the Oregon Legislature in 1979 as the Oregon Natural Heritage Program. 

Staff profiles can be found at the Institute for Natural Resource's Staff Directory.

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With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most INR staff are continuing to work remotely. Staff are in the office sporadically. Please contact a staff person to arrange access if needed.

Now Hiring Botany Program Manager

INR at Portland State University is hiring a Botany Program Manager, open until filled. The Botany Program Manager is responsible for the management of botanical conservation programs at the Institute for Natural Resources – Portland (INR-PDX) and the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank, part of PSU’s Department of Environmental Science and Management. Inquiries about the position can be made to the INR-Portland Director Eleanor Gaines.