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

Riverkeeper is a leader in high-profile campaigns to protect our region from fossil fuel exports, toxic pollution, the Hanford Nuclear Site, and other threats facing Columbia River communities and salmon habitat.

Current Job Opportunities:

Development Director (Portland or Hood River) 

Location: Portland, OR, or Hood River, OR

Job Type: Full-time Employee; Exempt Position.

Position Description: Columbia Riverkeeper seeks a passionate and experienced Development Director to help design and implement successful fundraising campaigns, including major donors, membership, and grants. The Development Director will be a key part of our management team and supervise a membership assistant and grassroots canvass team. Riverkeeper is financially sound, featuring 16,000 members and diverse revenue sources.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Passion for clean water and healthy communities.
  • Knowledge and experience in non-profit fundraising techniques, including major gifts, membership, grants, and events.
  • Proven record of success meeting fundraising goals, cultivating relationships, and asking for money.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including writing grants and grant reports.
  • Highly motivated with the skill to inspire staff, members, and major donors.  
  • Computer skills, including problem solving, donor databases, and social media.
  • Three years minimum experience as a professional fundraiser.
  • Some travel required.

Salary & Benefits: $60,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance (100% covered, starting first full month), generous vacation package, 401(k), an encouraging and flexible work environment, training, and career growth opportunities.

To Apply: Send an email to with the subject line “Development Director application.” Include a pdf attachment containing a cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, and a fundraising-specific writing sample written by you. If you are well-qualified and have questions before applying, feel free to reach out to our Executive Director, Brett VandenHeuvel, at

Application Deadline: June 18, 2018.
Start date: Flexible, prefer immediate.

PDF of job description. 

Columbia Riverkeeper is an equal opportunity employer.

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 3:00 to 9:30 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 with a proven track record of successful fundraising preferred, but  will consider applicants with strong communication skills and knowledge of Columbia River issues, especially pertaining to fossil fuel projects.

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 Questions? Call Rob at (541) 399-7284.

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

PDF of job description.