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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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Environmental Education Employment

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.

Click here to read more in the Natural Resource Career Pipeline Report. 

*U.S. Census Bureau

Environmental Education Employment Opportunities (Paid)

Position Status Description Eligibility
Youth Conservation Crew Member Apply now! Application for Summer 2019 is due April 19. Summer job opportunity for teens interested in outdoor work and protecting the environment Age 14 - 18
Youth Conservation Crew Leader Apply now! Application for Summer 2019 is due May 1st. Mentor and supervise teenagers as they complete important work in natural areas and gain job skills Adult, driver's license
GRUNT Adult Crew Leader Apply now! Open until filled. Mentor and supervise teenagers as they complete important work in natural areas and gain job skills Adult, driver's license
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)

Program Description Eligibility
GRUNT is a FREE 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. Age 13-15
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

Application Resources

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Teens and Adults
Discover other job opportunities with Portland Parks & Recreation on the main Employment and Internships page.