1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
The Youth Conservation Crew provides employment opportunities for a diverse population of Portland-area youth. Crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing essential job skills and exploring environmental career paths.
Portland's 14 Most Common Street Trees
Take a video tour with Portland Parks & Recreation's Youth Conservation Crew of the 14 most common street trees throughout the city. Click to view.
Youth Eligibility for Employment
How to Apply
After You Apply
Returning Crew Members
NATURAL AREAS CREWS
Crews enhance the native ecology of Portland Parks & Recreation’s natural areas by removing introduced plants, including ivy, blackberry, and other species. Crews also take care of young native plants, conduct community science, collect data, and build split-rail fences. The “City Nature East Crew” meets in Southeast Portland. The “No Ivy League” meets in Northwest Portland.
The Trail Crew maintains trails in Portland Parks & Recreation natural areas. Using standard industry techniques for sustainable trail maintenance, the crew focuses on reducing sediment entering Portland’s rivers, streams, and water bodies by reducing erosion, improving grading and drainage, improving stream crossings, and closing unofficial trails. Trail crew leaders guide the work of teens as they build trails, crib walls, rock walls, and other structures, teaching technical skills and ecology. The Trail Crew meets in Southeast Portland.
The Tree Crew works in Portland parks, in rights-of-way, and on public school properties around Portland. The Tree Crew learns proper tree pruning techniques with a variety of tools. They weed, mulch, and water young trees to maintain the health of Portland’s urban canopy. In addition, the Tree Crew may perform tree inventory data collection, learn about mapping and GIS, visit Heritage Trees, and harvest fruit from Urban Forestry’s test orchard in a community work party. The Tree Crew meets in Southeast Portland.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
In YCC, people of many different races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ages, abilities and economic situations, work together and thrive. Our workplace values community, respect, and inclusion. Equity is one of our most important goals.
For more information, contact YCC Coordinator Kelly Rosteck at 503-823-3601 or firstname.lastname@example.org