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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. The Future Is So Bright….

    A few members of the 2009 cohort celebrate their graduation.

  3. Jr. GRUNT 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

    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.  GRUNT has 4 major components:

Environmental Science Job Skills Stewardship Outdoor Adventure
25% 25% 25% 25%
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    



8th Grade Program

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

10th Grade Program

Application   & interview required
Application is due February 28 at 5pm
2015 Flyer     (English)  (Spanish)
2015 Power Point - Coming Soon!
2014 Report - Coming Soon!

Information for Graduates

ECO Internship Program - for graduates of GRUNT, Jr. GRUNT and YCC
ECO   Internship Program - report 2014
Resume, Cover Letter, and Job Resources
Stay in touch! Text: 503-823-6378, Call:   503-823-3601, Email: