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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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2909 SW Second Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

503-823-3601 (voice)

503-823-6378 (text)

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Youth Conservation Crew (ages 14–18)

During this time of uncertainty, being in nature is more important than ever! 

Check out our list of 10 fun ways for teens to get into nature during COVID-19.

More resources & ideas coming


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

Portland's 14 Most Common Street Trees
Take a video tour with Portland Parks & Recreation's Youth Conservation Crew of the 14 most common street trees throughout the city. Click to view. 

Youth 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. 


  • Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we will not be hiring any new staff for summer 2020.

Youth Conservation Crews

Crew Description


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


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


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 Bus #15, #77); “City Nature East” meets at 8931 SE Flavel (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 


For more information, contact YCC Coordinator Kelly Rosteck.  Text 503-823-6378 or email