For Prospective Mentors, Volunteers, and Staff

LOGIN – For Current Mentors/Senior Partners


Urban Nature Partners PDX is seeking its first Assistant Director!
This developmental position, with the potential for promotion to Co-Director, is a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth. Working alongside the founding Executive Director, a small team, and community partners, this person will make an impact helping Portland youth build connections to nature and community through long term mentoring relationships. Assistant Director responsibilities will include program management, fundraising through grants and/or community based support, and public relations. A bilingual English/Spanish speaker is highly preferred to best serve our immigrant families. If this aligns with your current skills, goals, and values, please apply. Learn all the details HERE.


FALL 2023: Our mentor recruitment season is currently closed. We’ll be opening our next cohort to applicants in early 2024, along with some new options for mentoring older youth. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, you can read the 2023 position description HERE, and learn more about eligibility and the application process HERE.
If you’re interested in learning more or being on our waitlist to be notified when our next recruitment opens, email Director Kristin Bowling at, or call 541-281-7162.



Interested in contributing your talents behind the scenes to a grassroots, growing nonprofit that’s dedicated to youth empowerment and social and environmental justice, on a non-hierarchical and fun team where you can build your skills? Consider applying to our Board of Directors– we’re accepting new members on a rolling basis.
Get all the details HERE. If you have more questions or are ready to apply, contact Board President Cam Luck at

**Please note that from 2021 onward, all new staff, mentors, and board members will be required to be vaccinated against COVID in order to minimize risk to each other and the vulnerable communities we serve. Thank you for your understanding.**


Learn more about our outdoor mentoring model below:

Like in more traditional mentoring programs, Urban Nature Partners mentors are adults that want to make a difference in the life of a young person by spending time with them to earn trust and build a caring relationship. They play this role primarily in an outdoor setting, working with their mentee in a way that is responsive to their interests, abilities, and background, and helps them make guided choices that will build their well-being, self-confidence and problem-solving skills. UNP mentors become a part of a network in a young person’s family, community, and school life, and help open up the possibilities that exploring urban nature on their own terms provide for learning about oneself and one’s place in the world.

If you are an adult  who wants  to share the urban outdoors with a young person in 4th grade and beyond, help build social and environmental justice in your community, and become a part of an amazing group of like minded and passionate folks, then becoming a UNP mentor might be for you!


Want to learn more about any mentoring, volunteer, staff, or internship opportunity? Contact Founder and Program Director Kristin Bowling: email or 541-281-7162.