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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

Apply to work with us!

Are YOU interested in spending your summer working with PP&R's Environmental Education program? Take a few minutes to learn who we are, who we serve and what we have to offer. We value diversity on our staff - we strive to create a staff rich in culture, language, backgrounds and ideas. We offer the following:

  • Leadership Staff positions in our Nature Day Camp and Teen programs - Go to application
  • Lead Teacher & Teacher positions for Summer Nature Day Camp and Preschool Camps/Classes - Go to application
  • Teen Naturalist Team Crew Member position through the Youth Conservation Crew - Go to application
  • An Americorps position focused on assisting the Jr GRUNT program (contact: Kelly Rosteck -

If you are 16 and interested in applying for a Summer Nature Day Camp Assistant Teacher position, you have a different application! Some Assistant Teacher positions are reserved for our current G.R.U.N.T. students. Other 16 year olds are also welcome to apply! Find the application here!

If you are 13-15 and interested in being a volunteer at Summer Nature Day Camp or the Rockin' Robins (preschool camp) program, you will need to fill out a short volunteer questionnaire. Find it here!

Read about the program outcomes and educational approach below. If you have questions about the positions or application, please email Chrissy Larson at

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday 04/01/2014 (except for Assistant Teacher application, which is due May 31, 2014)

About Summer Nature Day Camp

We offer Nature Day Camp participants an opportunity to

  • Develop a sense of place in their local environment through activities, games and a balance of teacher-directed and child-directed play.
  • Connect to a passionate, responsible and experienced team of environmental educators.
  • Engage with other children and share experiences in the natural world.
  • Build a positive relationship with nature in all weather conditions.

Our approach:

Through the guidance of a team of Environmental Educators, the goal of Summer Nature Day Camp is to provide opportunities for children ages 4-13 to follow their innate curiosity with a goal of learning, exploration and discovery; to connect with their natural surroundings through experience & exposure to flora & fauna; and to create positive relationships with meaningful, highly trained naturalists. Through their interactions with nature, an experienced educator and other children, campers may be inspired to share their discoveries and become future stewards of nature, in Portland and beyond.

Nature Day Camp teaching methodology:

  • We give children the opportunity to spend time in nature with highly trained teachers, teen-aged assistants and peers. Children experience a unique balance of hands-on exploration, child-directed learning, unstructured play and teacher-directed games, projects and investigations.
  • We introduce Leave No Trace principles and strive to encourage an overall appreciation of the park grounds, natural spaces and materials. We know that the appreciation of nature comes through a personal connection to the plants, animals and ecological concepts discovered in each park.
  • We find ways to say "yes" and redirect attention while creating a safe environment to explore.
  • We allow space and time for children to think, process and ask questions.
  • As environmental educators, we are inspired by our own natural curiosity and honest wonderment of nature. We can share and learn too… and we believe children have a lot to teach us!