For Prospective Mentors, Volunteers, and Staff

LOGIN – For Current Mentors/Senior Partners

We’re seeking to fill our part-time Bicultural/Bilingual Program Assistant position in early 2022, with increased hours to 20-30 per week depending on the season. If you or someone you know is bicultural US/Latin American and fully bilingual English/Spanish, and has a passion for both the outdoors and serving Portland’s Latinx youth and families, check out the opportunity HERE. We’ll be interviewing in January for a mid-February start.

We’re also seeking to expand our Board of Directors in early 2022. If you’re interested in contributing your talents in a small collaborative community where you can really make a difference, especially if you are a person of color or have lived experience like the families we serve, we want to talk to you! Stay tuned for more details in January, or email outgoing Board President Audrey Damrongsri at to learn more and express your interest.

We hope to open our 2022 Outdoor Mentor recruitment season in March!
Download the full position description for outdoor mentors HERE, and learn more about eligibility and the application process HERE. If you have questions or would like to be contacted when recruitment opens, email Director Kristin Bowling at, and be sure to add yourself to our newsletter mailing list on the form below to get updates.

**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 traditional mentors, our mentors are adults that want to make a difference in the life of a young person by spending the time with them to build a caring relationship. But they are also something else—they are the senior member of a very special partnership, one that happens outdoors in the many great places that Portland has to offer, and one that respects a young person’s interests, abilities, and background, and allows them to make guided choices that will build their self-confidence and problem solving skills. Senior Partners serve as the bridge between a young person’s family, community, and school life, and the possibilities that exploring urban nature on their own terms can open up 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, and you possess the open mindedness to know that you can learn just as much as you can teach, then becoming a UNP Senior Partner might be for you!   



    We’re thrilled to be able to offer free sensory deprivation tank floats to new volunteers through our partners at Float On! Learn more here.

All our staff and volunteers are also eligible for Pro Deal discounts from Columbia Sportswear to outfit themselves for more outdoor adventures, as well as periodic access to the Adidas Employee Store. 


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