Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for two Clean Water Champion Interns in Portland and Summer & Semester Law Clerks in Hood River and 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.

Clean Water Champions Intern

Job Type: Internship, two positions available

Job Purpose: This internship offers mentorship and career development opportunities in water science, environmental advocacy, and community organizing. The internship is designed for high school, college, masters students, or other individuals who want to learn about working for a non-profit environmental organization. Interns will monitor water quality, help promote healthy river contact, and inform the public on threats to the Columbia River. Interns will learn how a non-profit organization works with tribal nations and organizations in the Pacific Northwest; conduct public outreach and education to promote a healthy and clean Columbia; become experts in E.coli monitoring techniques and methods; help monitor the river for harmful pharmaceuticals; and meet a network of volunteers and professionals working to protect the Columbia River. Prior experience with water quality monitoring or advocacy work is not required.

Position Description:

  • Attend trainings with Riverkeeper Attorney and Community Organizer
  • Attend workshops and trainings with Riverkeeper Water Quality Director
  • Test water quality from Columbia River sites monthly to test for E.coli and pharmaceuticals
  • Conduct public outreach and distribute educational materials
  • Promote a clean and healthy Columbia

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for clean water and healthy environment
  • Safety awareness when wading in the river
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Strong communication skills
  • Accuracy, consistency, and attention to detail
  • Valid driver’s license (preferred but not required)

Compensation: $1,500 stipend upon successful completion and travel reimbursement at the federal mileage rate. Experience gained through this position will greatly benefit persons looking to further a career in water resources, environmental advocacy, or community organizing. Interns also receive free entry to Riverkeeper sponsored events.

Position Location: Portland, OR

Application deadline: August 28, 2017

To apply: Send application materials (cover letter, resume, and three references) by email to Lorri Epstein at If possible, please include all application materials in one PDF document titled “Intern”. No phone calls please.

Start Date and Schedule: This is a part-time, temporary position internship: 10-12 hours/month for seven months from mid-September 2017 through mid-April 2018. The work schedule is flexible, and we can potentially work around other obligations.



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.