Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for a Summer Law Clerk & Citizen Outreach Canvasser to join our team!

Summer Law Clerk

Clerkship Description: Columbia Riverkeeper is a non-profit conservation organization based in the scenic Columbia River Gorge town of Hood River, OR.  Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River, and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific.  Riverkeeper is currently working on a number of the most pressing environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest, including protecting the Columbia from mega-liquefied natural gas, oil-by-rail, and coal export terminals. Riverkeeper fights for stronger laws to reduce toxic pollution and protect endangered salmon habitat.  Riverkeeper’s caseload includes Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, open government, and local land use cases.

Riverkeeper is seeking summer law clerks and externs.  Riverkeeper focuses on giving clerks hands on experience working with the organization’s attorneys to improve legal writing and research skills while learning about laws that help protect habitat and water quality in the Columbia River Basin.

Qualifications: 1L; 2L; 3L.

Employer’s Application Process:

  1. Application Materials: Please include all applications materials in one PDF document titled “LastName.FirstName Clerkship Application” (Example: Doe.Jane Clerkship Application).
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Transcript
    • Writing sample
    • Reference list with minimum of three references
  1. Send application materials by email with the Title “YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST NAME Law Clerk Application” to Columbia Riverkeeper at info@columbiariverkeeper.org.

Compensation: Riverkeeper can work with applicants to secure funding via public interest grant programs available at some law schools. If this option is not feasible, the clerkship is a volunteer position.

Application Deadline: January 9, 2015

Contact: Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney (lauren@columbiariverkeeper.org)

Citizen Outreach Canvasser

Citizen Outreach Canvasser Description: Columbia Riverkeeper has an immediate opening for a door-to-door canvassing position in our Portland Office, five days/week. Columbia Riverkeeper is a non-profit conservation organization.  Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River, and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific.  Riverkeeper is currently working on a number of the most pressing environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest, including protecting the Columbia from mega-liquefied natural gas, oil-by-rail, and coal export terminals. Riverkeeper fights for stronger laws to reduce toxic pollution and protect endangered salmon habitat.

Your job would be to engage the public, gather support and raise funds by going door to door, identifying citizens who are supportive of our efforts, having meaningful conversations, and encouraging them to get involved as members so we can have the grassroots and financial support we need to be influential and win.

Qualifications: 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 with an enthusiastic and optimistic attitude.
  • A college degree and/or prior canvassing experience is preferred but not required, as long as you have the right attitude and skills.

Typical schedule: 5 days/week

  • 2:30pm: Arrive at our office in SE Portland near Hawthorne and 12th for announcements, training, campaign updates, and to prep materials.
  • 3:00 – 3:30pm: Half-hour paid lunch with the canvass crew, usually at a grocery store near the canvass turf.
  • 3:30 – 4:00pm: Canvassers dropped off on assigned turf, first knock at 4pm.
  • 4:00 – 8:30pm: 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.
  • 8:30 – 9:00pm: Return to office for cash-out.

Employer’s Application Process:

  • Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and professional references to rob@columbiariverkeeper.org.  No phone calls please.

Compensation: 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 fundraising quota of $100 per day averaged over a two-week pay period. Incentive pay is equal to 40% of all funds raised over quota.

Application Deadline: ASAP.

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