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For more information about Council events and programs please contact our staff at 503-281-1132 or email


We’re hiring! Outreach and Events Director

Thursday August 13, 5:32pm

The Outreach and Events Director’s primary duties are to manage outreach, communications, and events coordination for the Council and its programs.  The Council holds a variety of public events throughout the year, including festivals, large and small paddling events, walking and bicycling tours, family outdoor activities, award dinner and fundraiser, and restoration activities.  Outreach staff participate in events and activities put on by partners and other community organizations and play an active role in the development and implementation of the Council’s racial equity plan. See full position description here.

To Apply Please Include: Cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three references (minimum two professional references)
In your cover letter, please indicate salary history and requirements, as well as your experience and commitment to racial equity and inclusion work.

Send Materials to:
Executive Director – Columbia Slough Watershed Council 7040 NE 47th Ave., Portland, OR 97218-1212 or email complete package to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Applications are due by Monday, September 14th at 4:00 PM.

See more information in our Employment section of the website.


Aquifer Adventure - Discover Your Inner Pirate!

Tuesday August 11, 2:28pm

Join us September 12th from Noon-4 PM at Aquifer Adventure for a FREE afternoon of piratical fun. Big and little pirates alike are invited to this free family festival all about groundwater, with free T-shirts for the first 300 kids!

This event is full of hands-on activities, giving participants of all ages the chance to learn about hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows below your feet!  Come dressed in your finest pirate togs, or just learn to speak like a pirate when you arrive.








The Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council have teamed up to bring you this interactive Saturday afternoon. Educators will help young scientists navigate a larger than life aquifer; learn the obstacles that our water travels through on its way to our drinking water supply. Young pirates will make their own edible aquifer and discover how delicious learning can be. As a family, make a household cleaner that really works and is a green alternative to harsh chemicals. Take a ride on a pirate ship (disguised as extra-stable canoe bi-marans) and voyage in search of a treasure island.  The trips provide safe fun for the whole family on the slow-moving Columbia Slough. We’ll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, and a canoe captain to steer - you provide the paddling muscle and curiosity. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible. Visitors can make their own pirate hats and other crafts, enjoy face-painting, and more. Aquifer Adventure is sure to bring out the pirate – scientist in you!

FREE! No registration required. Food will be available for purchase. All activities (including 15-minute canoe rides) are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event Location:
NE 166th Ave and Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230

Event Time:
12:00 – 4:00 PM

Volunteers are needed for this event! (Must be 16+ or accompanied by an adult volunteer) Visit our volunteer info page for details on helping at this event.

Questions? Contact the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at:  (503) 281-1132 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Visit the event page here.

Education internship now open!

Thursday August 06, 12:11pm

The Slough School Education Intern will prepare and deliver field-based educational and stewardship programs and classroom-based educational presentations to K-12 students attending schools within the Columbia Slough Watershed.

Learn more about our Education internship by visiting the internships page of our website.

Now recruiting Slough School volunteers for Fall!

Thursday February 19, 5:42pm

Slough School education volunteers assist with stewardship projects (native plantings, mulching, invasive species removal), water quality investigations, and natural history tours for students in the Slough School program. Learn more about Slough School and our volunteer team by reviewing the full position description.

Apply today!

Looking for photos or videos from Slough Celebration?

Wednesday February 11, 2:42pm

A selection of photos from the event are posted on our Facebook page.  All images are available on Flickr.

Each award winner was honored with a humorous video skit that highlights their work.  View this year’s award videos here.

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