Communications Assistant

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


Are you a walking enthusiast with a gift for words? Do you want to harness your knowledge of communications and storytelling to support pedestrian issues? Do you have 1-3 hours a month to spend with a rad organization? Then this is the volunteer opportunity for you! Join Oregon Walks as our new communications assistant today!

Benefits of This Volunteer Role: Support Oregon Walks’ work while building your resume and while growing own communication skills. Develop understanding of transportation issues and community engagement and help increase Oregon Walks’ capacity to promote walking conditions that are safe, convenient and attractive for everyone throughout the Portland metropolitan region.

Volunteer Role and Responsibilities: This position is a good fit for individuals skilled in interviewing, researching, collecting quotes, and writing compelling content for blogs, social media, and campaigns. Getting the word out about our work is the cornerstone of growing our capacity as an organization. This volunteer will attend Oregon Walks and related public events, interviewing transportation professionals, elected officials and municipal staff, volunteers, staff and various members of our community. This position will also be responsible for collecting quotes and photos as needed and sharing unique stories with our community through our social media outlets. Throughout the year there may be other writing assignments that the volunteer may be asked to take on, including profiling a neighborhood, covering a campaign or another feature story.

Time Commitment: 1-3 hours a month, as needed; schedule is flexible, dependent on volunteer’s availability and Oregon Walks’ events. Attendance at quarterly communications committee meetings preferred (last Monday every 3 rd month).

Reports to: Executive Director & Volunteer Coordinator

Qualifications: Dedication to pedestrian issues;Interest in healthy communities and social equity; Excellent verbal communication skills (Many of our families use English as their second language and will need to use a translator); Exceptional writing skills and a firm grasp of the English language, spelling, and punctuation; Knowledge of the AP style guide -Curiosity and enthusiasm for storytelling; Basic photography skills; Experience with Microsoft Word; Proficient in social media platforms; Ability to meet deadlines; Detail-oriented, motivated, reliable and creative.


  • Photography
  • People Skills
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Spanish

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-3 hours a month, as needed
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, Exceptional writing skills

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