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Youth Conservation Crew (ages 14-19)

The Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) provides employment opportunities for a diverse population of Portland-area youth. Crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing essential job skills and exploring environmental career paths.

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About YCC

The Youth Conservation Crew provides employment opportunities for a diverse population of Portland-area youth. Crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing essential job skills and exploring environmental career paths.

Eligibility for Employment

  • You are between the ages of 14-19.
  • Turn in your own application and contact the employer yourself. A parent or guardian should not do it for you. This is one way we determine if you are ready for work!
  • Be willing and able to do hard work in the outdoors (often walking on uneven ground, in heat, cold, or rain).
  • Be dependable, responsible, and available - you can and will show up to work every day, on time.
  • Be excited to work with a diverse team. We encourage people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations and abilities to apply, as well as English Language Learners. Reasonable accommodations can be provided.
  • Eligible to work in the United States. 

Work schedule

  • During the summer, YCC generally works for eight weeks during the summer, Tuesday through Friday, from 8:00am - 2:30pm.
  • During the school year, YCC works on Saturdays and school holidays. Sign up for work days as your schedule allows.

Compensation

  • Hourly rate for 2021 is $14 an hour

Application

  • The YCC application is generally due in April to begin work the following summer. However, we're unsure what the YCC 2021 season will look like right now. We will announce plans for the 2021 season on this page when available. 

Safety

YCC takes safety seriously. During COVID-19, we are doing the following:

  • We stay outdoors.
  • We wear masks unless we are eating (6 feet apart).
  • We keep our distance, staying 6 feet or more apart whenever possible. 
  • We sanitize all equipment and materials.
  • We work in small groups.

Types of Work

Natural Areas Crew
Natural Area Crew is a great fit for teens interested in landscaping, science, plants, and animals. The No Ivy League meets at Lower MacLeay Park (2960 NW Upshur Street; TriMet route 15 and 77); “City Nature East” meets at 8931 SE Flavel Street (near Green Line MAX Station). Work includes:

  • caring for young plants
  • removing plants like ivy and invasive blackberry
  • learning plant identification
  • research about plants and animals 
  • building split rail fences 

Trail Crew
Trail Crew is a great fit for teens interested in engineering, construction, and making nature accessible to all people! Trail crew meets at Powell Park in SE Portland. Work includes:

  • building and fixing trails 
  • building structures (rock walls, crib walls, split rail fences, and other structures)
  • some work with plants

Tree Crew
Tree Crew is a great fit for teens who care about trees and want to learn about how trees make our city healthier and more beautiful. Tree Crew meets at Powell Park in SE Portland. Work includes:

  • studying trees and entering data into a computer program
  • pruning and caring for young trees
  • learning tree identification