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Environmental Education Employment

Paid Employment Opportunities

Position Description Eligibility
Youth Conservation Crew Member Summer job opportunity for teens interested in outdoor work and protecting the environment; application due May 6. Age 14 - 18
Nature Day Camp Naturalist Spend your summer connecting children ages 3 - 12 to nature in the city through science, exploration, play and stewardship; application due March 31. Age 16+
Jr. GRUNT Crew Leader Mentor middle school students as they connect to nature, community and life skills; open until filled. Age 19+
Youth Conservation Crew Leader Mentor and supervise teenagers as they complete important work in natural areas and gain job skills; open until filled (deadline for priority consideration is March 4) Age 21+
Field Trip Naturalist Create, schedule, facilitate, and evaluate ecology-based field trips with children, youth and adults. Field trips are 1-2 hours long, are active and experiential, and take place outdoors rain or shine in a Portland Park or natural area. Open until filled. Age 21+

Pre-employment volunteer programs that build job skills and leadership

Program Description Eligibility
Jr. GRUNT Jr GRUNT is a year-round program that connects teens to nature, healthy outdoor adventure, environmental science, stewardship, plus life and job skills.  We partner with 9th Grade Counts so that Jr. GRUNT participants get high school credit for completing the program! Accepting applications through June. 8th grade + summer before 9th grade
Volunteer with 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. No longer accepting applications for 2017.  Age 15 - 17

Teens and Adults
Discover other job opportunities with Portland Parks & Recreation on our Seasonal Employment page!