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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Summer Camp Employment (ages 16+)

Checking out some cool stuff with the campers!

Are YOU interested in spending your summer as a paid naturalist in Portland Park's Environmental Education program? 

Take a few minutes to learn who we are, where we teach, and how we connect children to nature. We are looking for environmental educators with various levels of experience to teach our summer camp program. Campers can be very young to almost teens, and they require a staff of young adults who will help them be curious about nature, teach them ecology in creative ways, and will help build a healthy community each day of camp. Our team is comprised of people rich in culture, language, background, and skills. From June - August, we will offer nine weeks of outdoor summer camps at four locations (Mt Tabor Park, Hoyt Arboretum, Sellwood Park, and Whitaker Ponds Natural Area - location varies each week.) Campers ages 3½-12 divide into small traveling groups, (about 10-12 children with two paid staff), and spend the day hiking, playing, exploring, and learning ecology through games and activities. Our summer naturalists act as mentors to our teen volunteers and work closely with parents to make camp a safe, fun, educational, and silly place! 

We offer paid summer work for people 16 yrs and older and volunteer positions for teens 13-17!

  • Beginning Naturalist Position - Naturalist-In-Training (16-18 yrs, no experience necessary, but you SHOULD really like science, nature, and children!) 
  • Naturalist Positions - Naturalist I (at least 17 yrs and 400 hrs experience) and Naturalist II (at least 19 yrs and 1200 hrs experience)
  • Support Positions - Site Coordinator and Mentoring Coach/After Care positions (at least 21 yrs and 1600 hrs experience)
  • Volunteer positions with Summer Nature Day Camp or Rockin Robins Preschool Camp (13-17 yrs, no experience necessary but you should like science, nature, and children!)

Before you apply...

First, read about our program so you know what you are getting into for the summer...!

  1. Click here to see general information about Nature Day Camp (It's the same stuff parents look at to learn about camp!)
  2. Click here to see the weekly schedule and daily rhythm of camp (If you worked at camp in the past, this will be NEW for you. Please read it carefully.)
  3. Click here to see this summer's nature themes (Each week has a unique nature theme and the structured activities are built using the objectives listed.)

How to apply...

  1. Start by reading about the job and qualifications for the different positions.
    CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THIS YEAR'S AVAILABLE POSITIONS!
  2. Open the application and SAVE IT to your desktop!
    CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE 2018 APPLICATION!
  3. Contact three people who would be good character or employment references for you. 
  4. Fill out all the first two pages of the application (including your three references), and then write your responses to all essay and short answer questions. **If you are applying for a support position, you must also send an updated resume along with your complete application. 

ALL SUMMER CAMP APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY,
INCLUDING ANSWERS TO ALL SHORT ANSWER AND ESSAY QUESTIONS.
(Support positions also require an updated resume.) 

FAX your application to 503-865-3251 (Please call/text 503-823-1149 to make sure we got it!)

MAIL your application to Attn: EE Summer Camps, 2909 SW 2nd Ave, Portland OR 97201

EMAIL your application to Chrissy.Larson@portlandoregon.gov

Or SHARE a Google Doc with Chrissy.Larson@portlandoregon.gov  

A group of campers and staff hang out on the Willamette River!

***We of course are excited for you to apply for Nature Day Camp - but Portland Parks offers many other summer job opportunities too! If you are looking for information about summer jobs with PP&R Aquatics, Community Center Camps, or Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation, find information about those jobs here!***