Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for an Community Organizer,  Administrative Assistant, and Summer & Semester Law Clerks to join our team!

Organizational Overview: Columbia Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper) is a successful non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Columbia River watershed. We have offices in Hood River and Portland, Oregon. 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. Our work is featured in national media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.

Community Organizer

Location: Hood River, OR

Job Type: Part-time or full-time employee. This position could be part-time or full-time, depending on the candidate’s availability. This is a one-year position with the possibility of extending.

Job Purpose: Conduct community outreach on clean water while promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Position Description:

  • Organize volunteers to help restore a prominent Hood River waterfront property, Nichols Natural Area
  • Conduct outreach and build relationships with diverse communities (e.g. Latino, Native American, Asian-American) to promote equity in environmental issues
  • Organize residents to take action to protect clean water, including: reducing toxic pollution; restoring salmon habitat; and stopping coal, oil, and natural gas export facilities
  • Communicate with Riverkeeper members and recruit new members via events, presentations, telephone calls, and online
  • Drive throughout the region as necessary, mostly in the Columbia River Gorge and Portland

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Passion for clean water and a healthy environment
  • Reads, writes, and speaks Spanish
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Strong organization skills and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office, databases and social media a plus

Salary & Benefits: $30,000 – $34,000, 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 with the title “Community Organizer job.” Please include a single pdf attachment (if possible) that contains a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 to 5 references. Please include whether you are able to work part-time or full-time, and your available start date.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017 at 5pm.

Start date: Early March (flexible)

PDF of Job Description


Administrative Assistant

Location: Hood River, OR

Job Type: Part-time employee, 24 hours per week.

Job Purpose: Support Riverkeeper’s operations by performing office tasks, entering data, and communicating with our members.

Position Description: This position is critical to a strong and healthy organization and plays a key role in advancing Riverkeeper’s development. The position will:

  • Provide administrative assistance to Riverkeeper’s staff
  • Process donations, enter data, and keep accurate bookkeeping records
  • Communicate with members and the public in person, phone, and email
  • Provide IT support to staff as needed: setup new computers, load software, updates on office equipment
  • Office maintenance: ordering office supplies, and utility trouble shooting
  • Support Executive Director with scheduling and other tasks

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Passion for clean water and a healthy environment and ability to communicate the impacts of our work
  • Desire to work with diverse populations and promote equity and inclusion
  • Strong organization skills and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Strong computer skills and data entry experience
  • Ability to solve problems independently and use creative thinking
  • Value the importance of donor appreciation

Desired Skills:

  • Speaks Spanish
  • Experience with non-profits
  • Experience with databases, social media, and websites
  • Photography, graphic design, writing, or marketing experience a plus

Salary: $12 to $14 per hour, depending on experience. A 401(k) is available, along with an encouraging and flexible work environment, training, and career growth opportunities.

To Apply: Send an email to with the title “Administrative Assistant job.” Please include a single pdf attachment (if possible) that contains a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 to 5 references.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm.
Start date:  Mid-March (flexible)

PDF of Job Description

2017 Summer & Semester Law Clerks

Law Clerk Position Description: Columbia Riverkeeper is accepting applications for 2017 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.

Organization: Columbia Riverkeeper protects and restores the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific, by combining strategic litigation and grassroots activism. Riverkeeper is a non-profit conservation organization based in the scenic Columbia River Gorge town of Hood River, Oregon. Riverkeeper works on a number of the most pressing environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest, including protecting the Columbia from coal export terminals, oil shipping terminals, and toxic pollution. Riverkeeper’s caseload includes Clean Water Act enforcement actions, litigation under state and federal open government laws, and land use cases.

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

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.