Jobs

Columbia Riverkeeper is a successful nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Columbia River watershed.

Columbia Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper) has offices in Hood River and Portland, Oregon. Riverkeeper is a leader in high-profile campaigns to protect our region from fossil fuel infrastructure, toxic pollution, the Hanford Nuclear Site, and other threats to Columbia River communities and salmon habitat.

Current Opportunities:
Bridge in front of Dam with Columbia River Sign
Water Quality Technician
Portland

Paid Internship (part-time, temporary): 10-12 hours/month from May-September 2020.

No LNG Rally on May 26, 2015, in Salem, Oregon; in 2016 we defeated the project, photo by Alex Milan Tracey
Volunteer Water Quality Technician
Hood River

Volunteer Technician: 5-10 hours/month from May-September 2020.

Canvass July 2018
Grassroots Canvasser
Portland

Engage the public in Columbia River issues, how to get involved, and raise funds.

Water Quality Technician (Portland)

Location: Portland, OR
Status: Paid Internship (part-time, temporary)
Hours & Duration: 10 to 12 hours per month from May through September 2020. The work schedule is flexible.

Position Description: Help promote healthy river contact and inform the public on safe places to swim. Riverkeeper seeks a responsible individual to serve as our E.coli technician from May to September (10-12 hours/month) in Portland, OR. Technicians will become experts in E.coli monitoring techniques and methods and meet a network of volunteers and professionals working to protect the Columbia River. Prior experience with E.coli monitoring is not required.  Attention to detail and ability to work independently is a must. Experience gained through this position will greatly benefit persons looking to further a career in water resources. Technicians will receive free entry to Riverkeeper-sponsored events.

Responsibilities:

  • Collect water samples from Columbia River sites twice monthly to test for E.coli
  • Process samples at Riverkeeper’s Portland, OR office
  • Follow a strict sample collection and processing protocol
  • Enter data and manage Riverkeeper’s E. coli database
  • File accurate and timely data report with the Water Quality Director
  • Post-up-to-date results on Riverkeeper’s Swim Guide app
  • Help coordinate teams of volunteers monitoring the river

Qualifications:

  • Ability to swim and cognizant of safety precautions when wading in the river
  • Work independently and with limited oversight
  • Detail-oriented regarding equipment, field protocols, and data entry
  • Passion for rivers and clean water
  • Represent Riverkeeper in a friendly and professional manner
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive to multiple sites along the Columbia River to collect samples
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel

Compensation: $20 per hour not to exceed $1,500 total. Reimbursement for travel mileage is available. 

Application deadline: April 10, 2020

How to apply:  Send an email to Lorri Epstein, Lorri@columbiariverkeeper.org. Please include the position title and location in the email subject line. The email should include a single pdf attachment that contains a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references. Please label your single pdf file in the following format: YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST NAME. 


 

Volunteer Water Quality Technician (Hood River)

Location: Hood River, OR
Status: Volunteer Technician
Hours & Duration: 5 to 10 hours per month from May through September 2020. The work schedule is flexible.

Position Description: Help promote healthy river contact and inform the public on safe places to swim. Riverkeeper seeks a responsible volunteer to serve as our E.coli volunteer technician from May to September (5-10 hours/month) in Hood River, OR. Technicians will become experts in E.coli monitoring techniques and methods and meet a network of volunteers and professionals working to protect the Columbia River. Prior experience with E.coli monitoring is not required.  Attention to detail and ability to work independently is a must. Experience gained through this position will greatly benefit persons looking to further a career in water resources. Technicians will receive free entry to Riverkeeper-sponsored events.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain E.coli lab equipment at Riverkeeper’s Hood River office
  • Collect and process weekly water samples from Columbia River sites 
  • Follow a strict sample collection protocol
  • Enter data and manage Riverkeeper’s E. coli database
  • Post up-to-date results on Riverkeeper’s Swim Guide app
  • Help coordinate teams of volunteers monitoring the river

Qualifications:

  • Ability to swim and cognizant of safety precautions when wading in the river
  • Work independently and with limited oversight
  • Strong communication skills
  • Detail-oriented regarding equipment, field protocols, and data entry
  • Passion for rivers and clean water
  • Represent Riverkeeper in a friendly and professional manner
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel

Compensation: This is a volunteer position. Reimbursement for travel mileage is available. 

Application deadline: April 10, 2020

How to apply:  Send an email to Lorri Epstein, Lorri@columbiariverkeeper.org. Please include the position title and location in the email subject line. The email should include a single pdf attachment that contains a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references. Please label your single pdf file in the following format: YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST NAME. 
 


 

Grassroots Canvasser (Portland)

Join Columbia Riverkeeper’s exceptional team of activists in our fight to protect the Columbia River from the fossil fuel industry and other threats.

Location: Portland, OR
Job Type: Part-time Employee; Non Exempt position.

Position Description: Columbia Riverkeeper seeks part-time (26 hours per week) door-to-door grassroots canvasser based out of our SE Portland office. Canvass shifts are Monday through Thursday between 2:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Strong verbal communication skills;
  • A friendly, confident, and outgoing personality;
  • Ability to walk four to five hours at a time outdoors in the evenings, on your own, in all types of weather;
  • Possess a healthy sense of humor and an enthusiastic and optimistic attitude;
  • Passion for protecting the environment.

Experienced canvassers preferred, but  will consider applicants with strong communication skills and knowledge of Columbia River issues, especially pertaining to fossil fuel projects on the River. A quick Google search should provide a lot of useful info.

Salary & Benefits: Base pay is $100 per day, plus incentive pay. Our canvassers earn an average of $18 - $20/hour. Paid sick leave. Paid vacation based on seniority and fundraising results.

To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume, and professional references to alex@columbiariverkeeper.org. Questions? Call Alex at (541) 399-7284.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Start date: Flexible, prefer immediate.