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Now accepting applications for the 2018 volunteer Paddle Team!

Now accepting applications for the 2018 volunteer Paddle Team!

Join 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. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist staff members with canoe and kayak-based education and recreation activities
- Lead and support volunteers in the paddling area at events
- Facilitate safe, inclusive on-water activities with youth and adults
- Perform routine maintenance on boats and paddling equipment

Volunteer Benefits:
- Paddle skill building practice and experience
-Increased knowledge of our local natural areas, plants, and wildlife
- Personal and professional development opportunities
- Help address the lack of racial diversity in environmental conservation and outdoor recreation
- Help raise profile of watershed restoration and protection efforts
- Community connection building opportunities
- Opportunities to connect with local officials and experts
- Training and certification by the American Canoe Association
- Discounts to Next Adventure rentals and classes, including beginner to advanced on the water trainings

Time commitment:
Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 5 programs over the paddle season (May through September. Alternative substitutions include leading a private paddle tour, attending a community festival to conduct outreach with Council staff, and/or assisting with event preparation and logistics.

Orientation Part 1 (Thursday April 19th ) will focus on the logistical aspects of this volunteer team.
Orientation Part 2 (Saturday, April 22nd) will include on-water skill and team building opportunities with the Council and Next Adventure.
Volunteers must attend each session.

Team Description and Application:

For a full position description and application visit our Volunteer Opportunities page. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 16th, 2018.

Meet Volunteers Nancy and Bruce!

Meet Volunteers Nancy and Bruce!

As you paddle the middle section of the Columbia Slough you encounter a choice; continue forward on the main channel or explore the small arm known as the Buffalo Slough. Your adventurous spirit urges you to take the time and pass through the gate of fallen cottonwoods, the slow water leads you toward Ne 33rd Avenue.The flap of a disgruntled great blue heron can be startling against the muffled hum of industry. Passing beneath the bridge, the sound of traffic from above fades to the ping of golf balls being sent down a fairway. Broadmoor Golf Course straddles the slough in front of you a few hundred yards away. Glancing right several docks reach into the water catching your eye as a perfect spot to enjoy a bit of afternoon sun. If your paddling adventures brought you here before you may notice something else; much of the invasive blackberry that sprawled across the northern bank is absent. In years to come, newly planted clusters of swamp rose,gooseberry and two foot tall western red cedars will take its place.
The continual restoration of the Buffalo Slough is in part thanks to Nancy Henry and Bruce Campbell. You may notice them on their dock enjoying the afternoon sun as you paddle by. Watershed Council volunteers and Slough caretakers, Nancy and Bruce are passionate about and “inspired by the rich diversity of wildlife living here.” They are actively “dedicated to eradicating invasive plants and enhancing the Slough habitat,” heartened by the knowledge the slough “can be reclaimed and rejuvenated.”
Nancy, a program director for Vista and AmeriCorp training at Northwest Education Labs, and Bruce, a former high school environmental educator are accustomed to giving back to the community. Their commitment to restoring riparian habitat in the neighborhood is spurred by a belief in the potential for the Columbia Slough to become “an environmental gem.” This is what keeps them coming back to Stewardship Saturdays and devoting time to restoration work outside of CSWC events. These two contribute a long-lasting positive impact on the Slough. In return Nancy and Bruce enjoy “over time, watching the ecosystem transform positively as a result of volunteer work.” This transformation is visible as you reach the end of the Buffalo Slough thanks to dedication by Nancy and Bruce. If you ever find yourself wandering up the Buffalo Slough don’t forget to wave to Nancy and Bruce on their dock.

Click here to join volunteers like Nancy and Bruce at a Stewardship Saturday event this winter!

Looking for a service opportunity for your business or community group?

Looking for a service opportunity for your business or community group?

Did you know that Columbia Slough Watershed Council offers group volunteering experiences throughout the calendar year? Your group is welcome to join us this Winter for Stewardship Saturdays, our outdoor restoration events or in 2018 for events like Explorando, Regatta, or Aquifer Adventure. Group volunteering is a great way to build camaraderie, get exercise and serve your community - join us!

For more information, get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Kirk Fatland.

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Register Your Fred Meyer Card to support the slough!

Are you a Fred Meyer customer? Support the Slough just by getting groceries! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million each year - up to $625,000 each quarter to community organizations - make this support go to work for your watershed! All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and use it when you shop at Fred Meyer. By registering your card you are helping decide what these funds support.

To register your card visit:  Register and then add Columbia Slough Watershed Council as your Community Rewards organization. Search for organization number: 83957

Questions?  Give us a call at: (503) 281-1132 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).