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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.


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.

Volunteer Benefits:
- Training and experience with science education and outdoor leadership
- The opportunity to meet many new people and help be a part of enhancing the Columbia Slough Watershed!
- Community connections

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 any of the activities above?
Contact Kelsie Greer at or call 503 281-1132.

Resource Description
Volunteer Interest Form
Not sure where you'd like to volunteer? Fill out this form and we'll help you find the opportunity that's right for you.
Slough School Educator Volunteer
Slough School Education Volunteer Position Description