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Columbia Slough Watershed Council


Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Bring your talents to the council! The Council has a number of volunteering opportunities for individuals, groups and families.

Now accepting applications for the 2017 volunteer paddle team

save this photoJoin our paddle team! Each year the Columbia Slough Watershed Council hosts dozens of educational paddling events that expose adults and children to the wonders of the Columbia Slough. We’re seeking paddlers who would like to volunteer to assist with our Evening Canoe paddles, Slough School kids’ paddles and our summer festivals - no experience necessary!

As a member of the Paddle Team you will be contributing to a growing program that strives to engage communities in Fairview, Gresham and Portland to learn about, enjoy, and assist with restoration efforts of their local watershed and natural areas.

Click here to learn more about the expectations and benefits of becoming a part of the 2017 Paddle Team Cohort (PDF available below).

UPDATE: Due to an increased interest in our paddle team we have created a wait-list for participants applying on or after 3/31/2017.  This does NOT EXCLUDE NEW APPLICANTS FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM but might place you in a second training date with more capacity. Register below and we’ll be in touch with more information.


Paddle Team Volunteer applications must be submitted by Monday April 10th, 2017.

Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

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Stewardship Saturdays:

Stewardship Saturdays volunteer work parties at locations all around the watershed focused on creating healthy habitat for Slough creatures - people included! Stewardship Saturdays are a great way to enjoy a local natural area while simultaneously giving back to your community. These are great individual and group volunteer opportunities with various environmental restoration activities including native plant propagation, planting and mulching, invasive plant removal, litter clean and more! We provide all gloves, tools and training. Check out the Council’s upcoming events page for this month’s Stewardship Saturdays. 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 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. Sign up to become a volunteer partner here.

Contact us if you’re interested.

Interested in volunteering with us?

Fill Out Our Volunteer Interest Form


Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelsie Greer at or 503 281-1132.

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2017 Paddle Team Cohort
2017 Paddle Team Position Description