Join the Columbia Slough Paddle Team!


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


7040 NE 47th AvenuePORTLAND, OR 97218


The position:​
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 watershed. We're seeking novice to advanced paddlers to assist with our evening paddles, Slough School youth paddles and summer festivals.

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 youth and adults
● Perform routine maintenance on boats and paddling equipment

Why the paddle team matters: ​
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.

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 recreation
● Help raise profile of watershed restoration and protection efforts
● Community connection building opportunities
● Opportunities to connect with local officials and experts
● Training and certification by the American Canoe Association
● Discounts to Next Adventure rentals and classes, including beginner to advanced on the water trainings

Time commitment:
Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 5 programs​ over the paddle season (May through September; see program dates below). Alternative substitutions include leading a private paddle tour, attending a community festival to conduct outreach with Council staff, and/or assisting with event preparation and logistics. Before serving, volunteers attend two orientation sessions. Before orientation, volunteers complete a short, informal interview with the Council’s Volunteer Coordinator.

● Training Session 1: Thursday, April 19​th, 2018, 6​ :00pm - 9:00pm

● Training Session 2: Sunday, April 22​nd​, 2018,​ 9:00am - 1:00pm - Paddle Team members will be asked to sign up for a minimum of 5 programs on the second training day.


Minimum Qualifications:
● Novice to advanced canoeing and kayaking skills
● Willingness to learn and contribute to conversations and our work in engagement with equity and inclusion
● Strong communication, teamwork and leadership skills
● Able to work in variable outdoor conditions, sometimes cold and/or rainy and dark
● Able to take direction and initiative
● Able to lift 40 pounds overhead

Preferred Qualifications:
● Ability to communicate in another non-English language that is spoken in the watershed such as Spanish,
Vietnamese, Laotian, Russian, Somali
● Interest in local flora, fauna and water quality issues
● Affinity for sharing natural history of the Slough and the watershed
● Familiarity with Fairview, Gresham, N/NE Portland waterways
● Certified in CPR and basic first aid

Location and Transportation:
​ Many events take place at Whitaker Ponds Natural Area though programming also takes place at a variety of other locations across the watershed. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the event site. Sites are generally accessible by car, bus, and bike.
Interested? ​Please fill out this application form:

About Us: The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization, is a diverse group of stakeholders working to ​protect and enhance the Columbia Slough and its watershed through community engagement, education,and restoration.​ For more information you visit us at


  • Water Recreation
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 30+ throughout May- September

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