Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
The very first cohort of the Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team!
Excited about future opportunities!
Jr. GRUNT is a free year round program which connects teens to nature from Mt. Hood to the Coast!
21 youth graduated from GRUNT in 2014!
Naturalist & Leadership Training That Leads to Environmental Careers
We are currently accepting applications for our 8th grade fall program.
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.
GRUNT has 4 major components:
Job Skills Training
Exposure to Natural Resources Careers
Exposure to City of Portland Jobs
Interview Practice & Preparedness
Cover Letter Writing
Social Media Awareness
Invasive Plant Removal
Leave No Trace
No Ivy League
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Wilderness Survival Skills
Information for Potential Applicants
Students apply for GRUNT in either the 8th or the 10th grades. There is an application & interview process.
GRUNT is a 65-hour volunteer naturalist and job training program for teens, which takes place outdoors in Portland parks and natural areas. Graduates become a part of an extensive pipeline of environmental experiences and are guaranteed paid jobs their first summer as graduates. Program is correlated to Oregon State science standards; some schools offer credit.
Information for GRUNT Graduates
Once you complete GRUNT, you may stay involved until age 24. We have frequent opportunities to explore nature, develop advanced job skills, network with employers and reunite with your friends from GRUNT. Keep in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org 503-823-3601
Opportunities for GRUNT, YCC, and Jr GRUNT graduates
The ECO Internship program encourages young adults to deepen the environmental science and leadership skills gained through GRUNT and YCC. Teens receive long-term mentoring, job skills training, and paid work. They are empowered to discover new strengths and interests by exploring a variety of "green" internships, from amphibian research to environmental education and urban forestry. Our goal is to expose teens to the variety of natural resources career opportunities and to provide supportive, challenging experiences where they can learn skills they will need to be successful in work, school, and life. Internships are offered by PP&R and partner organizations, and occur during the fall, winter, and spring. A highlight for many teens is the Spring Break Internship.