Job Opportunities with Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper is currently looking for Communications Assessment & Action Plan Project about Hanford; 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.


Request for Proposals: Communications Assessment & Action Plan Project

Columbia Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper) seeks to retain the services of a communications
consultant to provide a report analyzing news and social media communications related to the
Hanford Nuclear Site.

  • Read RFP here.
  • Release of RFP: December 7, 2017
  • RFP Due Date: January 8, 2018
  • Selection of Firm: January 24, 2018
  • Expected Effective Date of Consultant Agreement: February 2, 2018

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 rob@columbiariverkeeper.org.  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 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.