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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

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


Help us spread the word and reach new communities in our watershed! Outreach volunteers are comfortable communicating with community members about the activities and projects of the Council. After a training, outreach volunteers attend various community events, festivals and street fairs engaging the public about the Council’s activities and programs. These volunteers are most active in the spring and summer seasons. How to get involved:

Select “Outreach” on the Volunteer Interest Form


Check out our upcoming events schedule

Paddle Team:

The 2019 Paddle Team cohort has been established. Please check back in Spring 2020.
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. We’re seeking novice to advanced paddlers to assist with our evening paddles, Slough School youth paddles and summer festivals. 

Fill out the Paddle Team Application

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Slough School:

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. Volunteers are trained and supported by the Slough School staff. How to get involved:

Select “Slough School” on the Volunteer Interest Form

Office & Admin:

The Council welcomes office volunteers throughout the year. Office volunteers assist with a wide variety of administrative tasks from event preparation and data entry to graphic design. A successful office volunteer pays attention to details and is comfortable taking direction. A general knowledge of computers and Google Drive is helpful. How to get involved:

Select “Office & Admin” on the Volunteer Interest Form


No Ivy Day:

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Portland Parks & Recreation as we work to remove English ivy from the Johnson Lake area. Invasive species removal restores wildlife habitat and to encourages native species regeneration to prevent erosion and water run-off. Please wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome, but children must be supervised by an adult. Register here:

Sign up for No Ivy Day

Stewardship Saturdays:

These volunteer work parties at locations all around the watershed focus on creating habitat for all Slough creatures- people included! These events are great opportunities to enjoy your local natural areas while simultaneously giving back to your community. They are open to individuals and volunteer groups. Environmental restoration activities include invasive plant removal, litter pick up, native plant installation and more! We provide all tools, and training. How to get involved:

Sign up for a Stewardship Saturday


Cleanups are another way to get involved with the our stewardship program. With the support of incredible volunteers, we paddle the Slough in canoes removing trash. In 2018 we will be hosting a spring cleanup event in addition to our annual and always epic Great Slough Cleanup! How to get involved: Sign up for our volunteer newsletter by clicking the blue newsletter button on the right or

Select “Stewardship” on the Volunteer Interest Form

and we will keep you posted as dates are set for these events!


Every year, along with community partners and sponsors; the Council hosts free community events in our community! Hundreds of participants from the watershed come out to experience the Slough with us throughout the summer. Whether it is Aquifer Adventure, a pirate-themed groundwater festival or Regatta where all are welcome to borrow a canoe to paddle the Slough, all events rely on volunteer support! Volunteer shifts are usually 3-4 hours long, with the benefits of tasty snacks provided by us, excellent company from volunteers like you, and infinite inspiration provided by the community. How to get involved:

Select “Events” on the Volunteer Interest Form


See our upcoming events schedule

Board & Committees:

Join other dedicated community members on our board or one of our committees! These are great leadership opportunities for volunteers looking to have a positive impact on the watershed. How to get involved:

Learn how the board & committees work

Other Thoughts?

If you have other skills questions or want to be involved with the council as a volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at or 503 281-1132.

Resource Description
2019 Volunteer Paddle Team Cohort
Description of the Paddle Team and 2019 position requirements.