The Youth Ecology Corps is a partnership between Metro and Project Youth Employability Support Services to provide youths aged 16 to 21 in the east Multnomah County area with paid work opportunities in habitat restoration, conservation education and workforce development.
Crew members do important work in Metro’s parks and natural areas to improve water quality, restore native plant communities and create wildlife habitat. Conservation education includes collecting data for science projects and having fun outdoors, all while exploring some of Oregon’s most beautiful places. Crew members gain valuable skills that teach them how to get a job and gain real experience that can open doors towards a career working in the outdoors.
Youth Ecology Corps runs year round – four days a week in the summer and three days a week in the spring, fall and winter. The crew’s base of operations is at Mt. Hood Community College, where Project YESS is located. Project YESS helps crew members continue their education and work towards a college degree, or get into trades programs to get students on track for a meaningful career that suits their interest. Job openings on the YEC crew can happen at any time.
Eligibility and application procedure
The YEC is designed to serve low-income, disconnected youths in the greater Portland area. Priority hiring is for youths enrolled in one of the following Career Connect Network programs listed below. Occasionally crew members are hired from outside of this network. Any interested youths can submit an application via mail or email by the deadlines below.
If there are positions available, you will be contacted, but if there are no positions for a particular season, your application will be held for six months. The job works 180 to 200 hours per season, with each season being roughly nine weeks long. Successful crew members can continue on in subsequent seasons. Pay is $10 per hour. Participants must be able to get themselves to and from Mt. Hood Community College.
- Career Connect Network programs
- Beaverton School District
- Hillsboro School District
- Native American Youth and Family Center
- New Avenues for Youth
- Open Meadow
- Oregon Human Development Corporation
- Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center
- Portland Youth Builders
- Project YESS
- Summer crew season (July and August): Application due June 1
- Fall crew season (October and November): Application due Sept. 19
- Winter crew season (mid-January through mid-March): Application due Jan. 3
- Spring crew season (April and May): Application due April 3
Wage: $10 per hour.
Benefits: Potential $125 allowance for work boots, pants, etc. (Certain eligibility requirements apply to receive this benefit.)
Questions? Contact Michael Oliver at email@example.com.
Submit your application by mail or email:
Mt. Hood Community College/Project YESS
Attn: Michael Oliver
26000 SE Stark Street
Gresham, OR 97030