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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:

Administrative Assistant (Hood River)

Location: Hood River, OR

Job Type: Full-time employee, 40 hours per week.

Position Description: This position provides administrative support to our staff, processes donations from members, and manages the office. This position is critical to a strong and healthy organization.

Applicant must be detail-oriented, highly efficient, and able to manage several projects at once. The ideal candidate will enjoy being part of a small non-profit, helping it grow, and achieve its mission. The candidate will be motivated by the task of maintaining an effective operation.

The position will:

  • Process donations, enter data, keep accurate bookkeeping, and donor records. 

  • Communicate with members and the public in person, phone, and email. 

  • Basic bookkeeping including accounts payable and receivable. 

  • Oversee office operations including maintaining supplies and office computers. 

  • Provide support for human resource related functions (i.e., processing paperwork for health insurance, 
and retirement). 

  • Assist the Executive Director and other staff by arranging travel, scheduling meetings, and other tasks.

  • Other tasks as required. 


Required experience and qualifications:

  • Strong organization skills and ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work under pressure. 

  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word or comparable software (pivot tables, filtering, mail merge, creating templates, document formatting). 

  • Ability to work fluently with Microsoft Office, Google Mail, Apple and Windows operating systems. 

  • Fast and accurate typing skills. 

  • Desire to work with diverse populations and promote equity and inclusion. 

  • Ability to solve problems independently and use creative thinking. 

  • Passion for clean water and a healthy environment. 


Desired skills

  • Experience working with a large quantity of data and maintaining strong data integrity. 

  • Speaks Spanish. 

  • Experience with non-profits and fundraising. 

  • Experience with social media and websites. 

  • Photography, graphic design, writing, or marketing experience a plus.

Salary & Benefits: $33,000 - $35,000, depending on experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance (for full-time employees), generous vacation package, 401(k), an encouraging and flexible work environment, training, and career growth opportunities. 


To Apply: Send an email to info@columbiariverkeeper.org with the subject line “Administrative Assistant job.” Please include a single pdf attachment containing a cover letter, resume, and list of three to five professional references. 


Application Deadline: Open until filled. Applications prior to May 1, 2018, encouraged.

Start date: Flexible, prefer immediate. 


PDF of job description.


 
Volunteer E.coli Technician (Portland)

Location: Portland, OR

Type: Volunteer Technician

Purpose: 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 (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.

Position Description:
  • Collect water samples from Columbia River sites twice monthly to test for E.coli
  • Process samples in Riverkeeper lab in Portland, OR
  • Follow a strict sample collection and processing protocol
  • Manage database and data entry
  • 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 or boating in the river.
  • Work independently and with limited oversight.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Detail-oriented regarding equipment, field protocols, and data entry.
  • Passion for rivers.
  • 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. 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.

Application deadline: April 16, 2018

Schedule: May - September (10-12 hours/month).

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)


Location: Hood River, OR

Type: Volunteer Technician

Purpose: 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.

Position Description:
  • Maintain E.coli lab equipment in Hood River office
  • Collect and process weekly water samples from Columbia River sites
  • Follow a strict sample collection protocol
  • Manage database and data entry
  • 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 or boating in the river.
  • Work independently and with limited oversight.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Detail-oriented regarding equipment, field protocols, and data entry.
  • Passion for rivers.
  • 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. 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.

Application deadline: April 16, 2018.

Schedule: May - September (5-10 hours/month).

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)

Position Description: Join our exceptional team of activists in our fight to keep oil trains and other fossil fuels out of the Columbia River. Columbia Riverkeeper has an immediate opening for a part-time (26 hours per week) door-to-door grassroots canvassing position in our SE Portland Office. Our canvassers are paid a base rate of $100 a day for a 6.5 hour shift, plus earn incentive pay based on fundraising. Canvassers are responsible for maintaining a nightly fundraising average of $100 per day over a two-week pay period. Incentive pay is equal to 40% of all funds raised over quota.

Location: Portland, OR.

A typical day:

  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm Arrive at our office in SE Portland near Hawthorne and 12th for announcements, training, campaign updates, and to prep materials.
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm Half-hour paid lunch with the canvass crew, usually at a grocery store near the canvass turf.
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm Canvassers dropped off on assigned turf, first knock at 4pm.
  • 4:30 – 9:00 pm Canvass door-to-door. On a typical night, knock on about 50-60 doors, have approximately 20-30 conversations, sign-up 3 to 5 new members, raise between $100 to $300.
  • 9:00 – 9:30 pm return to office for cash-out.

Ideal candidate will have a passion for environmental issues with an interest or background in conservation and environmental studies as well as the following:

  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • A friendly, confident, and outgoing personality (this is not a job for introverts)
  • Ability to walk for several 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.

We would prefer an experienced canvasser with a proven track record of successful fundraising, however, sufficient knowledge of issues affecting the Columbia River, especially fossil fuel issues, coupled with an outgoing personality and passion for protecting the environment may suffice. 

Columbia Riverkeeper celebrates diversity and inclusion.  Interesting people from all walks of life are encouraged to apply. 

Submit cover letter, resume, and professional references to rob@columbiariverkeeper.org.  No phone calls please.


 


 

Summer & Semester Law Clerks (Hood River)

Position Description: Columbia Riverkeeper is accepting applications for 2018 summer and semester law clerks. Riverkeeper focuses on giving law clerks hands-on experience working with the organization’s staff attorneys and outside counsel to improve legal writing and research skills while learning about laws that protect habitat and water quality in the Columbia River.

Qualifications: Must be a current or recent law school student. Demonstrated commitment to conservation and desire to practice public interest environmental law required. Attention to detail and strong legal research skills a must. Experience with civil litigation, administrative, or environmental law a plus.

Position Location: Hood River, Oregon.

How to Apply: Combine a (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) unofficial transcript, (4) writing sample (preferably containing original work in the area of environmental or administrative law), and (5) list of three references into one PDF file titled “Last Name, First Name Clerkship Application” (Example: Doe, Jane Clerkship Application). Email PDF to miles@columbiariverkeeper.org.

Funding: Riverkeeper will help summer clerkship applicants secure funding that may be available through your law school. If no funding is available through your law school, a stipend of up to $4,000 may be available for the summer clerkship position. Riverkeeper also accepts summer and semester externs earning academic credit.

Please Note: Pursuant to the National Association of Law Placement’s “Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities,” first year law students may not apply before December 1, 2017.

Columbia Riverkeeper is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.