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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


  1. GRUNT class of 2008

    The very first cohort of the Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team!

  2. GRUNT class of 2009

    Excited about future opportunities!

  3. Jr. GRUNT class of 2011

    Jr. GRUNT is a free year round program which connects teens to nature from Mt. Hood to the Coast!

  4. GRUNT class of 2014

    21 youth graduated from GRUNT in 2014!

Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team

Naturalist & Leadership Training That Leads to Environmental Careers

We are currently accepting applications for our 8th grade fall program.


What is 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. 

GRUNT has 4 major components:

Environmental Science


Job Skills Training




Outdoor Adventure








Nature Awareness


Plants, Native

Plants, Invasive


Tidepool Discovery


Water Quality

Wildlife Tracking




Education Techniques

Exposure to Natural Resources Careers

Exposure to City of Portland Jobs

Group Leadership

Interview Practice & Preparedness

Paid Work

Volunteer Internships



Public Speakng

Resume Writing

Cover Letter Writing

Social Media Awareness


Conservation Education       

Invasive Plant Removal               

Leave No Trace

Litter Pick-Up


No Ivy League



Trail Building










Rock Climbing

Ropes Course


Stand-Up Paddle Boarding      

Whitewater Rafting

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.  

8th Grade Program - applications accepted year-round (solicitud para el octavo grado)

      • In partnership with All Hands Raised, our 8th grade program teaches life and academic skills through outdoor adventure and environmental science. Participants may move on to GRUNT, YCC or internship programs to become eligible for paid work. 
      • Applications for our fall program are due on Friday, September 19, at midnight.   Interviews will be held on September 27.
      • Fall dates: October 4,11,18,25, November 1,8


10th Grade Program - applications due in February each year

  • 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.

  • 2014 GRUNT Flyer
  • GRUNT Power Point Presentation

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!   503-823-3601

ECO Internships (Environmental Career Opportunities)

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.