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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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


2909 SW Second Ave
Portland, OR 97201

503-823-3601 (voice)

503-823-6378 (text)

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Teen Job Opportunities

Information & Opportunities for youth (age 13-22) interested in Environmental Careers


If you are.... Then check out...
In 8th Grade Jr GRUNT
In 10th Grade (or age 16) GRUNT - English
GRUNT - Spanish
Age 14-18 Youth Conservation Crew
A graduate of Jr GRUNT, GRUNT or YCC ECO Internship Program
Interviewing for GRUNT Interview Tips & Tricks
Program Descriptions

Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT)

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, 158 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. If you have questions about the program or are a graduate who would like to be reconnected, please contact Kelly at or text 503-823-6378.

GRUNT - 8th Grade Program

Applications from 8th Grade students accepted year-round

In partnership with All Hands Raised, Jr GRUNT serves students beginning in the 8th Grade. Students who join in the 8th Grade may continue in our Environmental Education pipeline until age 22. We teach life and academic skills through outdoor adventure and environmental science. This program is free to participants of the Free & Reduced Lunch Program. Students must apply and interview to secure a space in the program. Participants may move on to the GRUNT, YCC or internship programs to become eligible for paid jobs.

GRUNT - 10th Grade Program

Applications from 10th Grade students due in February each year

Youth Conservation Crew

Paid work for youth age 14-18. Visit the Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) page.

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.

Find other job opportunities with Portland Parks & Recreation on our Seasonal Job Page!

Thank you to our generous supporters:

Metro Nature in Neighborhoods
East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District



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