Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for 2017 Summer & Semester Law Clerks & 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.

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.


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  No phone calls please.

Compensation: Compensation for canvassers is very competitive.

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