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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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GRUNT (Sophomores and Juniors)

Greenpaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT) is a volunteer environmental science and job skills program that connects youth to nature and environmental careers. During the program, participants go on exciting environmental adventures, conduct real scientific research and discover a variety of natural resources career options. 

Successful completion of this fun, FREE training leads to eight weeks of paid summer work with Nature Day Camp or the Youth Conservation Crew. Alumni are eligible to continue with paid internships and job opportunities until they are 25 years old.

Who can apply?

High School sophomores and juniors can apply. Teens of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, abilities, English language proficiency and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Youth must be able to walk three miles on uneven ground and safely handle sharp tools. 

All eligible applicants who turn in a complete application before the deadline will be offered an interview. Twelve teens will be selected to join GRUNT.

GRUNT 2018 applications are due Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
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For more information, check out the GRUNT 2017 Program Summary.

Looking for something for a younger teen?

We also have a FREE environmental science, stewardship, and job skills program for 8th graders. For more information, visit the Jr. GRUNT page.