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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.



The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is seeking a Video Production Volunteer to help film, edit and produce our annual awards videos and/or special appeal video.

gala award

Each year the most outstanding accomplishments are recognized at the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s Annual Slough Celebration. The Celebration recognizes individuals, groups, organizations and projects that have made extraordinary contributions to protect, enhance, restore, and revitalize the Columbia Slough and its watershed through leadership and achievement awards.

Each award is recognized with a humorous video describing the award winner’s efforts.  For a look at what has been done in the past, check out our videos from last year. The Video Production Volunteer will be responsible for filming, editing and ensuring the final production of the award videos in a timely manner. We’ll provide the acting talent, scriptwriting, and administrative support. There may be an opportunity to assist with script writing depending on the volunteer’s skill set and interest.

See below for details and full position description.

Contact Outreach and Events Director Karen Carrillo at or 503-281-1132


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. Volunteers first take on a shadowing role observing a staff educator and assisting with behavior monitoring and group management. Once volunteers establish familiarity with the flow of programming, they have the opportunity to lead activities and experiment with teaching/communication styles.

See below for full position description and application details.

Short Term Volunteering

friends plant trees

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. Learn more about becoming a volunteer partner by viewing the Partner Information sheet at the bottom of this page.

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 to adults and children alike. After a two-afternoon training, Paddle Team Volunteers assist with our 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.

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, festivals and street fairs, 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. Email or call us to receive more information about the Outreach Team.

kids testing

Slough School Team:

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 training and practice, so the hourly commitment is greater than our other volunteer teams.

Office Team:

The Council welcomes office volunteers throughout the calendar year. Office volunteers assist with a wide variety of administrative tasks from event preparation to research and data entry. A successful office volunteer pays attention to details and is comfortable taking direction. A general knowledge of computers and the Microsoft Office suite is helpful. 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.

Resource Description
Slough School Educator Volunteer
Slough School Education Volunteer Position Description
Video Production Volunteer
Video Production Volunteer Position Description