Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for a Staff Attorney, Administrative Assistant, Citizen Outreach Canvasser, and Summer & Semester Law Clerks 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.

Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney Description: The Staff Attorney is responsible for working with Riverkeeper’s legal team and other staff to develop and execute Riverkeeper’s legal and policy work, including representing Riverkeeper in litigation and administrative processes. The Staff Attorney work plan will focus on deepening Riverkeeper’s relationship and solidarity work with Columbia River tribes and tribal organizations.

Location: Hood River or Portland, OR; possibility of working remotely in the Pacific Northwest

Status: Full-time employee, 40 hours per week with occasional weekend and evening work obligations.


  • Litigate: The Staff Attorney will represent Riverkeeper in litigation. This may include drafting memoranda, pleadings, motions, briefs, and representing Riverkeeper in court. The Staff Attorney’s docket will focus on cases of particular interest to Columbia River tribes, including filing amicus briefs in cases filed on behalf of tribes and tribal organizations.
  • Develop and Execute Legal and Policy Strategies to Advance Campaigns: The Staff Attorney will work with Riverkeeper’s staff of attorneys, policy analysts, and community organizers to develop and execute campaigns to protect the Columbia River. This will include drafting correspondence to, and meeting with, agency and elected officials.
  • Communicate with Tribal Agency Staff and Attorneys: The Staff Attorney will maintain regular communications with attorneys and agency staff at Columbia River tribes on ongoing campaign matters of interest to tribes, as well as emerging issues. Overall, the Staff Attorney will expand Riverkeeper’s capacity to communicate with tribes on decisions that impact a tribe’s trust resources and treaty rights.
  • Ability to Work in Collaborative Environment: The Staff Attorney will work in a team-based environment and with large and diverse coalitions.
  • Communicate Legal and Policy Work to Members and Public: The Staff Attorney will work with staff to communicate Riverkeeper’s legal and policy work to Riverkeeper members and members of the public through Riverkeeper’s newsletters, E-Alerts, fact sheets, issue papers, blog, website, press releases, and other outlets.


  • Experience working for or with tribes or tribal organizations, preferably Pacific Northwest tribes.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Superb communication skills, including public speaking and people skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • Passion for environmental and social justice.
  • J.D. (member of Oregon or Washington State Bar preferred).

Salary & Benefits:

  • Competitive non-profit salary based on experience.
  • Medical and dental insurance, 401(k), generous vacation package, and paid federal holidays.
  • Paid state bar association dues.
  • Annual continuing legal education (CLE) allowance.
  • Encouraging and flexible work environment.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, at least three references, and a short writing sample that is entirely your own work to with the title “Staff Attorney job.” Please include a single pdf attachment (if possible) that contains a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample.

Application Deadline: December 4, 2017.

Start date:  Flexible, prefer January 2018.


Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant Description: This position provides administrative support to our staff, processes donations from members, and manages the office. This position is critical to a strong and healthy organization.

Location: Hood River, OR

Job Type:
Full-time employee, 40 hours per week.

Applicant must be detail-oriented, highly efficient, and able to manage several projects at once. The ideal candidate will enjoy being part of a small non-profit, helping it grow, and achieve its mission. The candidate will be motivated by the task of maintaining an effective operation.

The position will:

  • Process donations, enter data, keep accurate bookkeeping, and donor records.
  • Communicate with members and the public in person, phone, and email.
  • Answer calls, take messages, open and sort mail, and respond to email inquiries.
  • Basic bookkeeping including accounts payable and receivable.
  • Oversee office operations including maintaining and ordering supplies.
  • Manage office computers, equipment, phone system, and other technology.
  • Provide tech support to staff: setup new computers, load software, updates on office equipment.
  • Provide support for human resource related functions (e., processing paperwork for health insurance, and retirement).
  • Assist the Executive Director and other staff by arranging travel, scheduling meetings, and other tasks.
  • Keep the office tidy and running smoothly.
  • Other tasks as required.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Strong organization skills and ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work under pressure.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Excel or comparable software.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word or comparable software (mail merge, creating templates, document formatting).
  • Ability to work fluently with Microsoft Office, email, browsers, Apple and Windows operating systems.
  • Fast and accurate typing skills.
  • Desire to work with diverse populations and promote equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to solve problems independently and use creative thinking.
  • Value the importance of donor appreciation.
  • Passion for clean water and a healthy environment.

Desired skills

  • Experience working with a large quantity of data and maintaining strong data integrity.
  • Speaks Spanish.
  • Experience with non-profits.
  • Experience with social media and websites.
  • Photography, graphic design, writing, or marketing experience a plus.

Salary & Benefits: $32,000 – $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 “Administrative Assistant job” in the subject line. Please include a single pdf attachment (if possible) that contains a cover letter, resume, and list of three to five references.

Application Deadline: November 28, 2017, at 5:00 pm.

Start date:  Flexible, prefer immediate.

Citizen Outreach Canvasser

Citizen Outreach Canvasser Position Description: Join our exceptional team of activists in our fight to keep oil trains and other fossil fuels out of the Columbia River. Columbia Riverkeeper has an immediate opening for a part-time (26 hours per week) door-to-door canvassing position in our SE Portland Office. 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 nightly fundraising average of $100 per day over a two-week pay period. Incentive pay is equal to 40% of all funds raised over quota.

Location: Portland, OR.

A typical day:

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

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 and an enthusiastic and optimistic attitude.

At this time, we are only seeking experienced door-to-door canvassers with a proven track record of successful fundraising.

Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and professional references to  No phone calls please.

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.