Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
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|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
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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 email@example.com or text 503-823-6378.
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.
Applications from 10th Grade students 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.
Paid work for youth age 14-18. Visit the Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) page.
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.
Thank you to our generous supporters:
Metro Nature in Neighborhoods
East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District