Portland Parks & Recreation is a leader in diversifying the natural resource workforce.
Currently 51% of youth enrolled in public schools in the City of Portland are people of color. By 2042, 50% of the U.S. population will be people of color*, yet historical trends in the environmental workforce show that ethnic minorities are severely underrepresented. The Environmental Education Teen program seeks to reverse this trend and empower youth of color to pursue work in natural resources and encourages peers of all races, ethnicities, genders, abilities and religions to be allies. We prepare the next generation of diverse environmental leaders through naturalist training, environmental education, employment, professional development and long-term mentorship and career counselling. Once a part of the program, alum choose to stay connected and many have been involved since 2008.
*U.S. Census Bureau
Environmental Education Employment Opportunities (Paid)
|Youth Conservation Crew Member||Closed||Summer job opportunity for teens interested in outdoor work and protecting the environment||Age 14 - 18|
|Jr. GRUNT Crew Leader||Closed||Mentor middle school students as they connect to nature, community and life skills||Age 19+|
|Youth Conservation Crew Leader||Applications open for Summer 2018||Mentor and supervise teenagers as they complete important work in natural areas and gain job skills||Age 21+|
|Field Trip Naturalist||Closed||Age 21+|
|Nature Mentor - Connecting children and their families to nature||Closed||Age 21+|
Pre-employment volunteer programs that build job skills and leadership (Unpaid)
||Jr. GRUNT is a year-round program that connects teens to nature, healthy outdoor adventure, environmental science, stewardship and life and job skills. We partner with Ninth Grade Transition (All Hands Raised) so that Jr. GRUNT participants get high school credit for completing the program.||8th grade + summer before 9th grade|
|Nature Day Camp||Nature Day Camp Volunteers, called Teacher Apprentices, spend a week of camp as a "teacher in training." Campers (who could be between the ages of 3-12) are divided into small groups and spend each day with our trained EE Staff where they learn about ecology, engage in nature play, explore and build connections to people and place! Volunteers assist the EE staff by helping the campers with tasks, playing games, reading stories, doing crafts, and getting to know the campers.||Age 13 - 17|
|GRUNT||GRUNT is a 65 hour volunteer naturalist and job skills program. Most schools award high school credit for successful completion of the program. Teens who complete the program are guaranteed a paid summer job with Youth Conservation Crew or Nature Day Camp. Now accepting applications for 2018!||Age 15 - 17|
Helpful guides to coach you with your application and interview process.
- A Message for Parents and Guardians on how to help your teen get a job.
- Interview Tips for Employment with Environmental Education
- Action Verbs for your Resume and Cover Letter
Teens and Adults
Discover other job opportunities with Portland Parks & Recreation on the main Employment and Internships page.