Jobs

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

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:
No LNG Rally on May 26, 2015, in Salem, Oregon; in 2016 we defeated the project, photo by Alex Milan Tracey
Climate Organizer
Portland

The Climate Organizer supports community members along the Columbia River, working to inform and engage residents in Oregon and Washington on threats from fossil fuel projects. 

Water Quality Technician
Portland

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. 

Patrick Haluska collecting water quality samples.
Volunteer E.coli Technician
Hood River

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.

Climate Organizer (Portland)

Location: Portland, OR

Status: Full-time employee; Exempt Position.

Position Description: The Climate Organizer supports community members along the Columbia River, working to inform and engage residents in Oregon and Washington on threats from fossil fuel projects. The position requires evening and weekend work and travel, including frequent travel to Longview, Kalama, and Clatskanie.

Responsibilities: The Climate Organizer works closely with Riverkeeper’s team of attorneys, organizers, and communications specialists to develop and implement strategic campaigns to protect the Columbia River from fossil fuel development. Specific duties include:

  • Develop and Implement Strategic Community Organizing Plans: The Climate Organizer works with Riverkeeper staff to develop and implement strategic plans to achieve Riverkeeper’s campaign objectives.   
  • Build Grassroots Power: The Climate Organizer empowers communities threatened by fossil fuel development with organizing tools. This includes: building and maintaining grassroots volunteer infrastructure, recruiting new activists by phone-banking or attending events, training and developing activist leaders, and maintaining campaign data.
  • Communicate to Members and Public: The Climate Organizer will communicate Riverkeeper’s campaign work to the public by organizing events, speaking in public, and using web-based organizing tools. The Climate Organizer also drafts and edits social media content, newsletters, emails, fact sheets, website posts, press releases, and other communications.
  • Communicate to the Media: The Climate Organizer serves as an ambassador for Riverkeeper in the media. This may include appearing on television or radio.
  • Coordinate with Staff at Other Nonprofits: The Climate Organizer will maintain regular communications with staff at other nonprofits on campaign matters and emerging issues.
  • Supervise: The Climate Organizer will supervise and mentor volunteers and interns on a periodic basis. Depending on experience, the Climate Organizer may supervise other employees or oversee contractors.
  • Development: The Climate Organizer will occasionally assist in fundraising, including applying for and reporting on grants for the organization.
  • Other duties as required.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge about building power in communities, public interest advocacy, environmental justice, the fossil fuel industry, and climate change.
  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • One year or more experience as a community organizer or campaigner.
  • Excellent public speaking and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and time management skills, including demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience supervising staff or interns preferred.
  • Drivers license required.

Salary & Benefits: $35,000 to $45,000 starting annual salary, depending on experience. Benefits include full medical and dental coverage, a generous vacation package, paid federal holidays, non-matching 401k, annual professional training allowance, and an encouraging and flexible work environment.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, at least three references, and a short writing sample that is entirely your own work to info@columbiariverkeeper.org with the subject line “Climate Organizer Job.” If possible, please combine the cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample into a single PDF attachment titled “Last Name.First Name Climate Organizer.”

Application Deadline: May 5, 2019.

Start date:  Flexible, prefer immediate.


 

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 2019. 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 29, 2019.

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: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME. For example, SMITH, MARY.pdf.


 

Volunteer E.coli Technician (Hood River)

Status: Volunteer Technician

Hours & Duration: 5 to 10 hours per month from May through September 2019. The work schedule is flexible.

Position Description: Help promote healthy river contact and inform the public on safe places to swim. Columbia 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 29, 2019

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: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME. For example, SMITH, MARY.pdf.
 


 

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 rob@columbiariverkeeper.org. Questions? Call Rob at (541) 399-7284.

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