Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for a Clean Water Community Organizer and Citizen Outreach Canvasser to join our team!


Clean Water Community Organizer

Clean Water Community Organizer Description: Columbia Riverkeeper seeks to hire a part-time Clean Water Community Organizer to help achieve the outcomes of the project discussed below. The organizer will work with community members in Multnomah County who are impacted by toxic pollution. Working with our Executive Director and our Senior Organizer, the Clean Water Community Organizer will help identify impacted people or groups, build relationships, work with partners, and organize listening sessions.

This temporary position is 20 hours per week, starting as soon as possible and ending on May 1, 2016. Pay: $14 per hour.

The Project: Riverkeeper collected data in 2014 showing that resident fish eaten by low-income residents in Multnomah County contained unsafe levels of toxic pollution. The Project’s goal is to reduce toxic pollution in fish and the people who eat them. Many resident fish—bass, suckers, walleye— in Multnomah County contain toxic pollution like mercury, PCBs and dioxin. Resident fish are free, a good source of protein, and relatively easy to catch. The Project will: hold listening sessions where resident fishers can explain what they eat; gather data to push decisionmakers to reduce toxic pollution in our rivers; and ensure that the voices of those most impacted are heard.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Passion for clean water and a healthy environment
  • Experience working with diverse communities, organizations and stakeholders
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to complete tasks independently
  • Ability to travel in Multnomah County to meet fishers in various locations
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
  • Bilingual language skills preferred

Organizational Overview: Columbia Riverkeeper is a successful nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Columbia River watershed. We have offices in Hood River and Portland, Oregon. Columbia Riverkeeper is a leader in high-profile campaigns to protect our region and climate from dirty coal, oil, and gas exports, along with our work to reduce toxic pollution, clean up waste sites, and engage volunteers. Columbia Riverkeeper is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which is led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

To Apply: Send an email to with the subject line YOUR LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, ORGANIZER. Example: MARINEZ, SARA, ORGANIZER. Please include a cover letter, resume, and list of references, preferably attached as a single pdf.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until September 9, 2015.
Start date:
Flexible, prefer immediate

Columbia Riverkeeper values diversity. People of color strongly are encouraged to apply. Columbia Riverkeeper provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, military service, or other protected status.

Clean Water Community Organizer Job Announcement PDF

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.

Application Deadline: ASAP.

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