Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for Volunteer E.coli Technicians in Portland and Hood River; 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.


 Volunteer E.coli Technician (Hood River)

Location: Hood River, OR

Job Type: Volunteer Technician

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 volunteer technician 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: April 17, 2017

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.


 Volunteer E.coli Technician (Portland)

Location: Portland, OR

Job Type: Volunteer Technician

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 volunteer technician 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: April 17, 2017

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 & 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 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.