Portland Parks and Rec Seeks 14-19 Year Olds for Summer Crews


Portland Parks & Recreation Youth Conservation Crew will be hiring youth (ages 14-19) and adult crew leaders for summer 2021. Do you know of any youth looking for a job this summer?  Do you know any youth who would love working outdoors and/or are interested in the environment? If so, please share this opportunity with them.

  • Youth Job application – due April 9.  The application will take 10 to 30 minutes to complete.
  • Adult Crew Leader Job application will be coming soon!

Watch this video to learn more about Youth Conservation Crew.


Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) employees will:

  • Do important work in nature: tree work, trail work, community gardens and habitat restoration.
  • Gain valuable job, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Explore environmental careers
  • Re-connect with the community – outdoors!
  • Earn a paycheck $$


Eligibility for Employment

  • Be between the ages of 14-19 throughout summer 2021
  • 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. 
  • Be able to get to work sites on your own. All work sites have a bus or MAX stop nearby. 
  • 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!

Work schedule

  • Summer 2021: June 24 – August 14; Tuesday through Friday;  8:30am – 3:00pm.
  • During the school year, YCC works on Saturdays and school holidays. Sign up for work days as your schedule allows.


  • Hourly rate for 2021 is $14 an hour

Application – Youth Ages 14-19

  • The application will take 10 to 30 minutes to complete.
  • Application is due April 9 by midnight.  We will look at applications no later than April 16, and will email ALL applicants to let them know if they have been selected for an interview. 

Application – Adult Crew Leaders

  • We will be hiring 8 adult crew leaders.  The application will be available soon.


YCC takes safety seriously. See our video here.  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.
  • During COVID, we do not provide transportation to work sites; each employee must get to worksites on their own.  A bus or MAX stop is near each work site. 

Types of Work:


City Nature East Crew

Natural Area Crew is a great fit for teens interested in landscaping, science, plants, and animals.  WORK LOCATIONS: East, Northeast, and Southeast Portland

  • 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!  WORK LOCATIONS: citywide

  • 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. WORK LOCATIONS: East Portland and Delta Park (N Portland)

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


Community Gardens Crew

Community Gardens Crew is a great fit for teens who are interested in growing food, gardening, construction and food justice. 

  • building and fixing garden plots and paths
  • exploring food and environmental justice
  • Native Gathering Garden


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