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Environmental Education Employment and Volunteering

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Portland Parks & Recreation engages the next generation of environmental leaders through volunteer naturalist training, paid work programs, nature-based camps, field trips, guided walks, and stewardship. The following is a list of Environmental Education volunteer and employment opportunities.
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Employment and Internship Opportunities


Youth Conservation Crew Member

Summer job opportunity for teens interested in outdoor work and protecting the environment.

Status: Hiring has closed for 2021. See the Youth Conservation Crew page for all information. 
Eligibility: Age 14 - 18


Youth Conservation Crew Leader

Mentor and supervise teenagers as they complete important work in natural areas and gain job skills. 

Status: Currently hiring for summer 2021. See the Youth Conservation Crew page for all information.
Eligibility: Driver's license


Teen Nature Team (TNT) - Adult Crew Leader

Mentor and supervise teenagers as they complete important work in natural areas and gain job skills.

Status: Hiring is currently closed.
Eligibility: Adult driver's license


Nature Day Camp - Educator I and II, Team Lead, and Site Coordinator positions

Nature Educators spend each day co-leading small groups of campers (age 5-12) as they learn about nature and explore Portland's parks and natural areas. Team Leads organize small teams of campers and staff. Site Coordinators organize all site logistics and communicate with families. 

Status: Currently hiring for summer 2021
Eligibility for positions: Varies by position. Please visit the website for more information. 

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Nature Educator - School Year Programs

Part-time, school-year employment working with our Field Trip team. Requires experience in nature education, group facilitation, knowledge of local ecology, child management skills, and administrative skills.

Status: All positions filled. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will open in August.
Eligibility: Age 21 and over, experience leading nature education (or an equivalent) program with people of all ages, and a valid driver's license with at least five years with a clean driving record. 


Volunteer Programs

Teen Nature Team (TNT)

Teen Nature Team is a free year-round program that connects teens to nature, healthy outdoor adventure, environmental science, stewardship, plus life and job skills. We partner with Ninth Grade Transition (All Hands Raised) so that TNT participants get high school credit for completing the program.

Status: Applicants will immediately be added to a waitlist. Youth will be invited to join as soon as space is available.
Eligibility: Grades 6-8

Click here to start your application

Nature Day Camp - Jr. Educator program

Volunteer with the Nature Day Camp program. Jr. Educators spend two weeks with a small group of campers (ages 4-12). As a Jr. Educator, you might do some or all of the following:

  • play and lead games
  • sing songs and tell or read stories
  • hang out with campers
  • organize and help with crafts
  • be curious and explore nature with campers

Status: Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering a Jr. Educator program in summer 2021.
Eligibility: Ages 13-17