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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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Youth Conservation Crew (ages 14–18)

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

  • You are between the ages of 14-19.
  • Turn in your own application and contact the employer yourself. A parent or guardian should not do it for you. This is one way we determine if you are ready for work!
  • Be willing and able to do hard work in the outdoors (often walking on uneven ground, in heat, cold, or rain).
  • Be dependable, responsible, and available - you can and will show up to work every day, on time.
  • Be excited to work with a diverse team. We encourage people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations and abilities to apply, as well as English Language Learners. Reasonable accommodations can be provided.
  • Eligible to work in the United States. 

Work Schedule

  • Dates: June 24- August 14.
  • Hours: Tuesday - Friday (8:00am - 3:00pm)
  • Optional work opportunities during the school year after the first summer of work


  • Hourly rate for 2020 is $13.25 / hour

How to Apply

  1. Fill out application completely. Write detailed answers. YCC 2020 Application for New Crew Members
  2. Ask an adult who is not a family member to fill out your recommendation letter. Examples include: teacher, coach, mentor, counselor, supervisor, neighbor.
  3. Mail or email your complete application (application AND recommendation) so that it is received before April 10. The recommendation letter must be sent with the application.
  • Email application to, or
  • Mail application to YCC, 2909 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97202

After You Apply

  • You will get an EMAIL that says we got your application. If you do NOT get the email, please call/text/email. We may not have gotten your application. Make sure to do this BEFORE the deadline.
  • If you are selected for an interview, it will be on Saturday, May 2.
  • Jobs are limited. Not everyone who applies will be offered an interview or a job. 

Returning Crew Members

Youth Conservation 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