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Columbia Slough Watershed Council


Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Bring your talents to the council! The Council has a number of volunteering opportunities for individuals, groups and families.

Now accepting applications for the 2017 volunteer paddle team

save this photoJoin our paddle team! Each year the Columbia Slough Watershed Council hosts dozens of educational paddling events that expose adults and children to the wonders of the Columbia Slough. We’re seeking paddlers who would like to volunteer to assist with our Evening Canoe paddles, Slough School kids’ paddles and our summer festivals - no experience necessary!

As a member of the Paddle Team you will be contributing to a growing program that strives to engage communities in Fairview, Gresham and Portland to learn about, enjoy, and assist with restoration efforts of their local watershed and natural areas.

Click here to learn more about the expectations and benefits of becoming a part of the 2017 Paddle Team Cohort (PDF available below).

UPDATE: Due to an increased interest in our paddle team we have created a wait-list for participants applying on or after 3/31/2017.  This does NOT EXCLUDE NEW APPLICANTS FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM but might place you in a second training date with more capacity. Register below and we’ll be in touch with more information.


Paddle Team Volunteer applications must be submitted by Monday April 10th, 2017.

Long Term Volunteer Opportunities

Outreach Team:

Outreach volunteers are comfortable communicating with community members about the activities and projects of the Council. After a short training, outreach volunteers attend various community events, festivals and street fairs, to talk with the public about the Council’s activities and programs. The Council recruits member for the Outreach Taskforce for the spring and summer seasons. Email us at or call us to receive more information about the Outreach Team.

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Slough School Team:

Enjoy spending time with youth in the outdoors? Slough School volunteers assist our Slough School educators in the delivery of classroom and field-based science programs during school field trips to Whitaker Ponds Nature park and other watershed locations. Slough School activities are fun and educational! They range from native plantings to water chemistry studies and guided nature hikes. Slough School volunteer positions require training and practice, so the hourly commitment is greater than our other volunteer teams.

Office Team:

The Council welcomes office volunteers throughout the calendar year. Office volunteers assist with a wide variety of administrative tasks from event preparation to research and data entry. A successful office volunteer pays attention to details and is comfortable taking direction. A general knowledge of computers and the Microsoft Office suite is helpful. Contact us if you’re interested.

Interested in volunteering with us?

Fill Out Our Volunteer Interest Form


Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelsie Greer at or 503 281-1132.

Resource Description
2017 Paddle Team Cohort
2017 Paddle Team Position Description