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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


  • Explore YOUR Parks

  • Work in Your Parks - Teach Children About Nature

  • Get Close to Nature

  • Work in Your Parks - Trail Crew

  • Study Wildlife

  • Protect Your Parks

  • GRUNT class of 2014

Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT)

GRUNT (Greenpaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team) is a volunteer environmental science and job skills program that connects youth to nature and environmental careers.   During the programs, participants go on exciting environmental adventures, conduct real scientific research and discover the variety of natural resources career options. 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, and to encourage youth of all races, ethnicities, genders,  religions and abilities to be allies.

Since 2008, 383 students have participated in one or more of these programs and are eligible for ongoing environmental education and career connection. We hope that many of these talented young people will choose careers with PP&R.  And data shows us that it may be working:

  • Currently 24 alum are studying an environmentally focused topic in college, including: ecology, biology, sustainability, public health, etc.
  • 18 alum are currently working for PP&R (86 worked for PP&R during the summer)
  • 5 alum are currently working full time for PP&R
  • 77 % of alum are people of color and 55% speak a language other than English at home

 All graduates are eligible for ongoing access to resources, including resume help, career counseling, and networking for jobs within PP&R.


8th Grade Program (Jr. GRUNT)

Jr. GRUNT is a partner of 9th Grade Counts to promote high school graduation.  Applications are accepted year-round, and an interview is required. 

 For more information, visit the Jr. GRUNT page!


High School Program (GRUNT)

For 10th & 11th Grade Students

Successful completion of this fun, free training leads to paid summer work with Nature Day Camp or the Youth Conservation Crew. 

We will be accepting applications for the 2017 program starting in November 2016.

Environmental Science Job Skills Stewardship Outdoor Adventure
Amphibians Communication  Conservation Education Archery
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
Invertebrates Group Leadership  Planting Snowshoeing
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  
Salmon Networking  Weeding  
Tidepool Discovery Professionalism    
Watersheds Public Speaking    
Water Quality Resume Writing    
Wildlife Tracking Professional social media presence