TALON (Teach, Advocate, Learn, Observe, Nurture) is a paid youth training and employment program for underserved communities in the conservation field designed to empower historically marginalized voices and change the narrative of conservation work.

Through project-based learning, TALON members learn skills applicable to careers in conservation while building a close-knit community and networking with others like them.

*Our TALON program is currently on hold for this year. Please check back soon.

Internship Opportunities Include:

  • Environmental education: Help connect young campers to the natural world through exploration, games and learning
  • Trail building: Learn the craft of maintaining a beautiful sanctuary for all
  • Wildlife rehabilitation: Help rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife
  • Communications: Refine photography and writing skills through blogs, social media, and more
  • Community science: Conduct wildlife surveys and data analysis
TALON 2016, photo by Katie Holzer

Trainings operate every Saturday from April through June. Internships are 40 hours a week and begin in mid-June and end in August.

We are seeking youth adults who:

  • Are 16-20 years old and have an emerging or demonstrated interest in the environmental field
  • Are from low-income, diverse ethnic identities or life experiences from Gresham, Troutdale, or Clackamas
  • Are eligible to work in the United States


TALON Partners

Thank you to all our partners and supporters. We couldn’t do this program without the talent, skills, love, and care they provide. Check out all the good work our TALON partners are doing below:

Adelante Mujeres
Clean Water Services
Hacienda CDC
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Metropolitan Family Service
Nadaka Nature Park
Oregon Zoo
Portland Parks and Recreation
Youth Mentoring Collaborative

Amy Frank Tribute Fund for TALON

A special thank you to Amy Frank and her family. In honor of Amy Frank’s invaluable contributions to Portland Audubon, her family has established a memorial scholarship fund for the TALON program.

As a volunteer in Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center, her love for wildlife and nature was apparent – and inspiring to all the volunteers and staff she worked with. Through your gift in memory of Amy, you are supporting youth in their development of environmental stewardship and career readiness skills.