Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for a Water Quality Assistant, two Technician Interns, Summer Legal Intern, and Citizen Outreach Canvasser to join our team!

Organizational Overview: Columbia Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper) is a successful nonprofit 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.

Water Quality Program Assistant

Location: Hood River, OR

Job Type: Part-time hourly employee

Job Purpose: Columbia Riverkeeper is seeking an engaged, organized self-starter to serve as our temporary Water Quality Program Assistant. The Water Quality Assistant will manage an extensive volunteer Adopt-a-River monitoring program on the mid and lower Columbia River, help coordinate the annual Love Your Columbia clean up event, and plan educational and outreach events. With over 100 volunteers, Riverkeeper runs one of the largest volunteer monitoring programs in the northwest.

Position Description:

  • Manage Adopt-a-River program while Water Quality Director is on maternity leave
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers
  • Manage E.coli monitoring program and maintain communication with intern technicians at local field stations
  • Recruit and coordinate with partners and volunteers for our annual Love Your Columbia clean up events
  • Plan and coordinate educational outreach events
  • Maintain water quality monitoring equipment including in-house E.coli lab
  • Data entry and database management
  • Assist Riverkeeper staff with events and other program work

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Passion for clean water and a healthy environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience working with data and conducting field work
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Experience building and maintaining organizational partnerships
  • Ability to work independently
  • Accuracy, consistency, and attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to represent Riverkeeper in a friendly, professional manner
  • Computer skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office particularly Microsoft Excel
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Salary and Benefits: $6,600 for 24 hours/week from April 15 – October 15, 2016

To apply: Send application materials (cover letter, resume, and three references) by email to Lorri Epstein at lorri@columbiariverkeeper.org. Please include all application materials in one PDF document titled “Last Name.First Name.Water Quality Assistant” (e.g. Doe.Jane.Water Quality Assistant). No phone calls please. Please do not apply if you cannot work in Hood River.

Application Deadline: February 3, 2016

Start Date and Schedule: This is a part-time, temporary position: 24 hours/week for 6 months from April 15 through October 15, 2016. The work schedule is flexible but requires some weekends and evenings. We can potentially work around other obligations.

 

E.coli Technician Intern (Hood River)

 Location: Hood River, OR

Job Type: Volunteer Internship

Job Purpose: Help promote healthy river contact and inform the public on safe places to swim. Riverkeeper is seeking a responsible volunteer to serve as our E.coli technician intern from May-September (5-10 hours/month). You will become an expert in E.coli monitoring techniques and methods and will 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:

  • Must be able to swim and be cognizant of safety precautions when wading or boating in the river.
  • Must be able to work independently and with limited oversight.
  • Must have strong communication skills
  • Must be detail-oriented regarding equipment, field protocols, and data entry.
  • Must have a passion for rivers.
  • Must be able to represent Riverkeeper in the friendly and professional manner.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have proficiency with Microsoft Office particularly Microsoft Excel

Compensation: This is a volunteer position.  Compensation for travel 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: March 14, 2016

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

How to apply: Send an email to Lorri Epstein Lorri@columbiariverkeeper.org. Please include the position title 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.

 

E.coli Technician Intern (Portland)

 Location: Portland, OR

Job Type: Volunteer Internship

Job Purpose: Help promote healthy river contact and inform the public on safe places to swim. Riverkeeper is seeking a responsible volunteer to serve as our E.coli technician intern from May-September (10-12 hours/month). You will become an expert in E.coli monitoring techniques and methods and will 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 is shared lab space in Portland, OR
  • Follow a strict sample collection and processing protocol
  • Manage database and data entry
  • File accurate and timely data report with Water Quality Assistant
  • Post up-to-date results on Riverkeeper’s Swim Guide app
  • Help coordinate teams of volunteers monitoring the river

Qualifications:

  • Must be able to swim and be cognizant of safety precautions when wading or boating in the river.
  • Must be able to work independently and with limited oversight.
  • Must have strong communication skills
  • Must be detail-oriented regarding equipment, field protocols, and data entry.
  • Must have a passion for rivers.
  • Must be able to represent Riverkeeper in the friendly and professional manner.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have proficiency with Microsoft Office particularly Microsoft Excel

Compensation: This is a volunteer position.  Compensation for travel 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: March 14, 2016

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

How to apply: Send an email to Lorri Epstein Lorri@columbiariverkeeper.org. Please include the position title 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.

Summer Legal Intern (Hood River)

Location: Hood River, OR
Job Type:  Environmental Law Internship

Job Purpose: Promote a safe and healthy Columbia River by helping Riverkeeper enforce environmental laws and by providing legal and technical support for Riverkeeper’s public outreach and grassroots organizing work.

Position Description:

  • Perform a wide variety of legal and technical research and writing tasks under the direction of Columbia Riverkeeper’s staff attorneys and Executive Director.
  • Help enforce the Clean Water Act and gain first-hand experience with a wide variety of federal, state, and local environmental, administrative, and land use laws.
  • Other river-related activities depending on timing and interest.

Qualifications:

  • Completed at least one year of law school
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation
  • Desire to pursue a career in public interest environmental law
  • Strong legal research skills and strong written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with civil litigation, administrative law, and/or environmental law a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat

Compensation: This is a volunteer position. Riverkeeper can help interns apply for outside funding opportunities that the intern identifies. Riverkeeper also hires interns receiving academic credit for the internship. Experience gained through this positions will benefit persons looking to further a career in environmental or administrative law.

Deadline: position open until filled.

Schedule: Flexible between May and September, for a total of 10 weeks, at 40 hours per week.

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) reference list with minimum 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.

 

 

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: Compensation for canvassers is very competitive.

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