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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 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.

Pick up an application and meet the staff at the

2019 Youth Environmental Job Fair - Hundreds of Jobs for Ages 14—25!


YCC Eligibility Requirements - Youth Crew Members

  • Youth must be between the ages of 14-18 throughout the entire work season
  • Be available to work the entire work season
  • Show initiative and work readiness by personally emailing or calling with questions and submitting their own application through email or mail. Parents or guardians should not do this work.
  • Be curious about nature, science, plants, animals, and jobs that protect the planet
  • Be willing to work outdoors in nature for 6 hours a day, 4 days a week
  • Be dependable and responsible - show up to work every day on time
  • Be excited to work with a diverse team

YCC team members can be on one of the following crews:

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. Crew leaders are responsible for motivating youth to work, teaching about ecology, restoration techniques, and building appreciation for our natural areas.

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 ProjectView the 2017 Tree Crew Report!

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 kelly.rosteck@portlandoregon.gov