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The City of Portland, Oregon

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)

The Youth Conservation Crew provides summer employment opportunities for a diverse population of Portland-area youth, ages 14–18. Crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing essential job skills and exploring environmental career paths.

YCC Eligibility Requirements - Youth Crew Members

  • Youth must be between the ages of 14-18 throughout the entire work season

  • Be available to work the entire work season (June 25-Aug 16; 8am - 2:30pm; Tues - Fri)

  • Show initiative and work readiness by personally emailing or calling with questions and submitting their own application through email or mail. Parents or guardians should not do this work.

  • Be curious about nature, science, plants, animals, and jobs that protect the planet

  • Be willing and able to work outdoors in nature for 6 hours a day, 4 days a week. Work is often off-trail, on uneven ground and in all kinds of weather.

  • Be dependable and responsible - show up to work every day on time

  • Be excited to work with a diverse team


Apply starting in November 2019 for Summer 2020! Check back here for more information



YCC team members can be on one of the following crews:


City Nature East Crew -Restores and enhances the ecology of Portland Parks & Recreation’s natural areas by removing introduced/invasive plants, and mulching and watering recently planted native plants. Crew also maintains natural area trails and fences, and may help lead stewardship events for volunteer groups.  

No Ivy League (NIL) Restores the native ecology of Portland Parks & Recreation’s natural areas by removing invasive plants, including ivy, blackberry, and other species.  Crews also take care of young native plants, collect data, and build split-rail fences.

Tree Crew works with the City’s Urban Forestry division to learn proper tree pruning techniques and to maintain the health of Portland's urban trees. The YCC Tree Crew works on trees in Portland parks and on public school properties. Crew members learn about Urban Forestry programs such as Heritage Trees, Learning Landscapes, Neighborhood Tree Stewards, and the Tree Inventory ProjectView the 2018 Tree Crew Report!

Trail Crew builds and maintains trails in Portland's natural areas. Using industry standard techniques for sustainable trail maintenance, the crew focuses on reducing erosion entering Portland's rivers, streams, and water bodies by improving grading and drainage, improving stream crossings, and closing unofficial trails.

Diversity and Equity Statement

Equity is one of our most important goals.  YCC is a workplace where people of many races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, English language proficiencies, economic backgrounds and immigration statuses work together and thrive.  We hire a diverse staff that is committed to equity and provide ongoing training.


For more information, contact YCC Coordinator Kelly Rosteck at 503-823-3601 or