For Prospective Mentors, Volunteers, and Staff

LOGIN – For Current Mentors/Senior Partners

We’re seeking to expand our Board of Directors in 2022-23. 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! Check out all the details HERE first, and if you’re ready to apply, download an application HERE. You can also contact Acting Board President Jon Judkins at jonjudkins7@gmail.com, or 415-717-2514.

Our 2022 Outdoor Mentor recruitment season closed May 15th.
You can read the full position description anytime HERE, and learn more about eligibility and the application process HERE. If you’re interested in being contacted when our 11th cohort recruitment season opens in March 2023, email Director Kristin Bowling at urbannaturepartnerspdx@gmail.com, or call 541-281-7162.


**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.