Portland Parks and Recreation provides several Teen Environmental Education programs for urban youth to learn about their environment. They will also hone their teaching and leadership skills that could lead to paid positions with the parks department.
Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT)
GRUNT is a volunteer naturalist and job skills program that leads to paid work and long-term career counselling. Our goal is to diversify the environmental field by getting urban teens interested in nature, and providing the job skills and work experiences they will need to be successful. We begin with a volunteer naturalist training program, then build on skills and knowledge with paid summer work and school-year internships. Since 2008, 200 students have graduated from the GRUNT program! All graduates are eligible for ongoing access to resources, including resume help, career counseling, and networking for jobs within PP&R.
Jr Grunt Program for 8th graders, applications are accepted year round. Classes typically take place on Saturdays (flyer from 2014)
Youth Conservation Crew is a summer employment opportunity for youth. Applications usually start in May.
ECO Internships for previous participants:
The “Environmental Career Opportunities” program is available to graduates of Jr. GRUNT, GRUNT and YCC. Participants must attend a resume writing workshop, and submit their resume and cover letter to be placed in a position. ECO Internships application is a Word Document.