Youth Corps - Summer Program


Youth Corps Mission Statement: 

Portland Youth Corps promotes personal and professional growth through community service, environmental stewardship, and hands-on conservation opportunities within Portland’s parks.

To watch an informative session about the  Portland Youth Corps click here!


Fun, challenging, and rewarding volunteer service outside!


We will take on different projects to beautify and maintain the natural and urban parks around Portland. Our projects may include trail building and maintenance, invasive species removal, planting native plants, playground maintenance, and assisting with the community gardens.

September_2017_Portland_Maine_20170902-DSC_2744 By Corey Templeton Eastern Promenade Community Garde

Have fun, earn $500 at the end of the program, build your confidence and leadership skills, explore future careers, and help your community.


You will gain job skills through a First Aid/CPR Course, Q&As with professionals in conservation, proper tool use, and plant identification. Along the way, the crew will forge strong friendships with each other and get to explore Portland’s parks.

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24 volunteers that are 14 - 17 year olds and live in Portland, Maine. You must be 14 at the start of your chosen session. 

If you are curious about careers in environmental science, serving in beautiful parks, or building trails, this program is for YOU! Applicants from underserved or minority communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Summer 2021

Your choice between two four-week sessions during summer break! 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Monday through Friday.


Session 1: June 21- July 16, 2021

Session 2: July 19 - August 13, 2021


The crew will begin with an awesome four-day-overnight camp at The Ecology School in Saco. We will be immersed in Maine's ecology, have loads of fun, and learn all about conservation. After this week, we build off what we learned and volunteer in parks all over Portland. 

The first week has three over-nights. Weeks two through four will be normal, commute to and from the project site. 


* March 2nd, 2021 @ 4:00 PM    

* March 3rd, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Email for the link.


The application for 2021 has closed! Check us out in March of 2022!

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Check out our partners:

Donate through the Portland Parks Conservancy

Thank you to our sponsors:

Bangor Savings Bank

Horizon Foundation 

Libra Foundation

Maine Community Foundation

Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust

  • What is the application process?

    • Even though this is a volunteer program, we want you to get as much professional development as possible, starting with the application process. You will submit your application online or mail it into the address listed above. We will start reviewing applications in the beginning of April. After we have reviewed applications, you will be contacted for an interview.

  • How will we get to the job sites?

    • Depends where we will be serving. Some days we will meet at a park that is accessible by public transportation. When volunteer sites are harder to get to, we will pick members up at specific locations. 

  • Will members receive lunch or should we bring lunch?

    • Currently TBD. 

  • Do I need a work permit because I am not 16?

    • Nope! This is a volunteer service. The payment you will receive is a stipend. You earn this at the end of the four week period. 

  • How does one receive the stipend? 

    • You receive it at the end of your four week service. If you have more than three excused absences or more than one unexcused absence, you will forfeit your stipend. Covid is an exception.