Volunteer Opportunities

Bring your talents to the council! The Council has a number of volunteering opportunities for individuals, groups and families. Apply for one of the positions below or let us help you design a volunteering opportunity that is right for you. Visit our internships section to learn more about our short term project oriented internships.

Now Recruiting…

Aquifer Adventure - our pirate-themed groundwater festival - is Saturday, September 12th

Aquifer Adventure, put on by the Council and the Portland Water Bureau, celebrates groundwater, a precious resource (or treasure!) beneath our feet. Volunteers are needed as youth activity leaders, welcome tent managers, life jacket fitters and setup/clean up assistants. An interest in groundwater, geology or water resources is a plus, but no experience is required to volunteer. Wear your best pirate garb and get to know staff members from the Council and the Water Bureau as you volunteer! Opportunities available for all ages (14+) and abilities! Register to volunteer at www.bit.ly/AquiferVolutneer2015 or call (503) 281-1132.

Slough School volunteers needed!

Learn more about how you can volunteer with our outdoor education program below!

Short Term Volunteering

friends plant trees

Stewardship Saturdays

Stewardship Saturdays are twice monthly volunteer workparties at locations all around the watershed. These are great individual and group volunteer opportunities with activities that vary from native species planting to mulching, littler clean up and invasive species removal. Check out the Council’s upcoming events page for this month’s Stewardship Saturdays.


Business and Community Groups

Looking for a service or team building event for your business or community group? The Council can help! Become a volunteering partner and we’ll connect your team with one of our events. We host groups at for Stewardship Saturdays, our twice-monthly restoration workparties in the winter and spring. Spring and summer offer opportunities to get involved with our large annual events, like the Columbia Slough Regatta and Explorando el Columbia Slough!

Long Term Volunteering

boats at regatta

Paddle Team

The ideal paddle team volunteer has paddling experience and is comfortable communicating about canoe and kayak technique. Paddle Team volunteers, after a two-afternoon training, assist with our spring and summer paddle programming as Slough guides, safety monitors and volunteer leaders. Paddle volunteers with varying levels of experience are welcome! This position recruits for the spring and summer. Would you like to be notified when the position opens up? Email or call us today! Full position description below.

Outreach Team

Outreach volunteers are comfortable communicating with community members about the activities and projects of the Council. After a short training, outreach volunteers attend various community events and festivals to talk with the public about the Council’s activities and programs. The Council recruits member for the Outreach Taskforce for the spring and summer seasons.

kids testing

Slough School Team

Now recruiting! Enjoy spending time with youth in the outdoors? Slough School volunteers assist our Slough School educators in the delivery of classroom and field-based science programs during school field trips to Whitaker Ponds Nature park and other watershed locations. Slough School activities are fun and educational! They range from native plantings to water chemistry studies and guided nature hikes. Slough School volunteer positions require some training and are available throughout the school year. Full position description below.

Office Team

The Council welcomes office volunteers throughout the calendar year. Office volunteers assist with a wide variety of administrative tasks from event planning and management to research and data entry. A successful office volunteer pays attention to details, is comfortable taking directions and is familiar with the Microsoft Office suite. Interested in joining the team or learning more? Review the below position description and get in contact with us!

Interested in any of the activities above?
Browse the position descriptions below and follow the application instructions. For general inquiries, fill out the interest form located at the bottom of this page and send it to Hanna Davis, Volunteer Coordinator at hanna.davis@columbiaslough.org or call 503 281-1132.

Resource Description
Volunteer Interest Form Complete and email to Volunteer Coordinator Hanna Davis at hanna.davis@columbiaslough.org.
Volunteer Partner information Your business or community organization can become a volunteer partner!
Paddle Team position description Get the details here.
Outreach Team position description Learn more here.
Slough School Team position description Familiarize yourself with our Slough School volunteer position.
Office Team position description Learn more about the office team here.


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