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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


  • Work in Your Parks - Teach Children About Nature

  • Work in Your Parks - Trail Crew

  • Get Close to Nature

  • Explore YOUR Parks

  • Study Wildlife

  • Protect Your Parks

  • GRUNT class of 2014 Applications for GRUNT 2015 are online NOW!

Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT)

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, 200 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. 


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.  

Application for the 2015 summer program is online now!


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
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