Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
GRUNT is a volunteer naturalist and job skills program that leads to paid work and long-term career counselling. Our goal is to diversify the environmental field by getting urban teens interested in nature, and providing the job skills and work experiences they will need to be successful. We begin with a volunteer naturalist training program, then build on skills and knowledge with paid summer work and school-year internships. Since 2008, 365 students have graduated from the GRUNT program! All graduates are eligible for ongoing access to resources, including resume help, career counseling, and networking for jobs within PP&R.
“You run one of the best programs I've seen. What you do for each of these kids is immeasurable.” ~ Isobel Veen, George Middle School Teacher
“Best program ever had so much fun! And will continue enjoying the outdoors forever.” ~ Carolina, Jr. GRUNT graduate
8th Grade Program
Jr. GRUNT is a partner of 9th Grade Counts to promote high school graduation. Applications are accepted year-round, and an interview is required.
Consider applying for the next session: SPRING BREAK!
10th Grade Program
Successful completion of this fun, free training leads to paid summer work with Nature Day Camp or the Youth Conservation Crew.
Applications are typically due in February of each year.
ECO Internship Program
The "Environmental Career Opportunities" program is available to graduates of Jr. GRUNT, GRUNT and YCC. Participants must attend a resume writing workshop, and submit their resume and cover letter to be placed in a position.
|Environmental Science||Job Skills||Stewardship||Outdoor Adventure|
|Birds||Conservation Education||Invasive Plant Removal||Beach|
|Ecology||Cover Letter Writing||Habitat Restoration||Hiking|
|Fungi||Education Techniques||Trail maintenance||Kayaking|
|Habitats||Career Exposure||Leave No Trace||Ropes Course|
|Nature Awareness||Interview Practice||Mulching||Stand-up Paddle Boarding|
|Macroinvertebrates||Interview Preparedness||Pruning||Whitewater Rafting|
|Plants, Native||Paid Work||Amphibian Monitoring||Wilderness Survival|
|Plants, Invasive||Volunteer Internships||Fence Building|
|Water Quality||Resume Writing|
|Wildlife Tracking||Professional social media presence|