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For more information about Council events and programs please contact our staff at 503-281-1132 or email

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Welcome to our new Stewardship Director, Matthew!

Welcome to our new Stewardship Director, Matthew!

Matthew has worked as a field botanist for the National Park Service mapping native plant communities in Washington State and for the Institute for Natural Resources mapping juniper woodlands and sagebrush. Matthew received his B.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech inspired by his love of food and plants. After working many years in vegetation management, he decided to complete his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State. This gave him the opportunity to expand his impact and to work with communities within an urban context.

You can reach Matt at 503-281-1132 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

His knowledge, sense of humor, and ability to tackle new projects are a wonderful addition to our organization!

We’re hiring!

We’re hiring!

Outreach and Events Program Assistant

Position Duration: May - August 2017
Time Commitment: Approximately 15 hrs/week (Flexible)
Compensation: $10/hour ($11.75 after July 1), no benefits

Position Description:
The Outreach and Events Program Assistant will support the Council’s Outreach and Events program with the planning and implementation of spring and summer recreation events, including Explorando, Regatta and Aquifer Adventure. Secondarily the program assistant will help to organize and deliver canoe and kayak-based educational programs and activities within the Columbia Slough Watershed. Anticipated attendance at these events varies from 30 to 800 people. Upon interest and capacity, this position will also help to support aspects of the Council’s strategic community outreach and communications programming, inventory and database management.

Learning and Benefits:
This position provides experience in strategic event planning, multicultural communications, community outreach, and canoeing/kayaking. The program assistant will gain familiarity with the workings of a successful watershed council and small non-profit organization. Opportunities to network with agencies and organizations throughout the watershed will be numerous. Through this position, the program assistant will help create positive changes in the greater Portland metro area while developing their own skills and gaining work experience. The program assistant will also have the opportunity to build outdoor education and group leadership skills as well as gain and/or expand their experience in canoeing/kayaking.

See full position description on our employment page.
Application deadline: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4pm.

Now accepting applications for the 2017 volunteer paddle team!

Now accepting applications for the 2017 volunteer paddle team!

Join 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. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist staff members with canoe and kayak-based education and recreation activities
- Lead and support volunteers in the paddling area at events
- Facilitate safe, inclusive on-water activities with kids and adults
- Assist monthly enrichment trainings
- Perform routine maintenance on boats and paddling equipment

Volunteer Benefits:
- Paddle skill building practice and experience
- Increased knowledge of our local natural areas, plants, and wildlife
- Personal and professional development opportunities
- Help address the lack of racial diversity in environmental conservation and outdoor sports recreation
- Help raise profile of watershed restoration and protection efforts
- Community connection building opportunities
- Opportunities to connect with local officials and experts
- Be a part of enhancing the Columbia Slough Watershed
- Discounts to Next Adventure rentals and classes, including beginner to advanced on the water trainings

Time commitment:
Scheduling is flexible. Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 5 programs over the paddle season (May through September) with the option to continue with Fall programming.

Orientation Part 1 (Thursday) will focus on the logistical aspects of this volunteer team.
Orientation Part 2 (Saturday) will include on-water skill and team building opportunities with the Council and Next Adventure.
Volunteers must attend each session.

Team Description and Application:

For a full position description and application visit our Volunteer Opportunities page. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 10th, 2017.

Join us at our 20th annual slough 101 workshop!

Join us at our 20th annual slough 101 workshop!

This free hands-on workshop will explore the unique character, challenges and opportunities of the Columbia Slough and its Watershed.  You’ll learn about soil & sediment in relation to water quality, how the Slough has changed over time, and what that means for fish, wildlife, people and businesses.  Open to everyone interested in learning more about the Columbia Slough Watershed.

Saturday March 18, 9:00am - 12:45pm

Workshop presenters include representatives from:
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council
The City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
The City of Portland, Portland Water Bureau
Friends of Smith and Bybee Lakes
Levee Ready Columbia
Multnomah County Drainage Districts
Portland State University

Click here to learn more and to register.

Fall Brunch with Lavender & Thyme

Fall Brunch with Lavender & Thyme

Join us for a fall brunch fundraiser catered by Lavender and Thyme! Bring your friends and family anytime between 10am and noon to enjoy this fully catered brunch at the scenic Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. Tickets include a three-course, chefs choice brunch, coffee, tea, or cocoa. Meat and vegetarian options are available.

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

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