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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Youth Conservation Crew

The Youth Conservation Crew provides summer employment opportunities for a diverse population of Portland-area youth, ages 14-18. Crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing essential job skills and exploring environmental career paths.


Job announcement - Adult Crew Leader Applications due March 2nd!

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  • Youth must be between the ages of 14-18 throughout the entire work season
  • Youth and Crew Leaders must be available to work the entire work season
  • Youth demonstrate initiative and work readiness by personally emailing or calling with questions and submitting their own application through email or mail

What do we do? Teens are hired to be a part of one of the following crews:


No Ivy League (NIL)

The No Ivy League (NIL) restores the native ecology of Portland Parks & Recreation’s natural areas by removing invasive plants, including ivy, blackberry, and other species. Crews also take care of young native plants, conduct citizen science, collect data, and build split-rail fences.

Teen Naturalist Team (TNT)

The Teen Naturalist Team (TNT) trains teens to be environmental educators. The crew leader supports teens as they research and develop experiential, science-based lessons about urban ecology. TNT teaches their lessons to students attending SUN schools, giving the students a chance to get outside, learn about science and nature, and spend time with teen mentors who connect them to their neighborhood schoolyards and parks.

Tree Crew works with the City’s Urban Forestry division to learn proper tree pruning techniques and to maintain the health of Portland's urban trees. The YCC Tree Crew works on trees in Portland parks and on public school properties. Crew members learn about Urban Forestry programs such as Heritage Trees, Learning Landscapes, Neighborhood Tree Stewards, and the Tree Inventory Project.

Trail Crew builds and maintains trails in Portland's natural areas. Using industry standard techniques for sustainable trail maintenance, the crew focuses on reducing erosion entering Portland's rivers, streams, and water bodies by improving grading and drainage, improving stream crossings, and closing unofficial trails.

For more information, contact YCC Coordinator Kelly Rosteck at 503-823-3601 or