Outreach and Events Assistant - Columbia Slough Watershed Counsel (Closes April 15th)

April 2019- September 2019 20 hours per week

The Organization: The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is a community-based non-profit in northeast Portland. We restore wildlife habitat and offer environmental education, workshops, canoe paddling events, and planting opportunities to the diverse populations of Portland, Gresham, and Fairview. The outreach program connects the community to the Columbia Slough and natural areas in our watershed. Attendance at these events varies from 30 - 500 people at major events such as Explorando el Columbia Slough, Regatta and Aquifer Adventure. Our offices is located at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park (7040 NE 47th Avenue, Portland). See www.columbiaslough.org.

Position Description: The Outreach and Events Assistant will have an important role in our spring and summer outreach events and festivals. They will take a lead role in implementing events, including event planning, logistics & registration, working with community partners, gaining sponsors and organizing materials for the events. We wish to continue our strong partnerships in the Latinx communities by facilitating a community-led planning process for Explorando Festival with our partners at Verde. It will be helpful if the assistant can communicate competently in English and Spanish. This position will also assist with outreach and tabling, communications & outreach materials creation, event set-up/breakdown, gear maintenance/organization and canoeing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

● Event Coordination (50% of time): Roles include community outreach and planning, event logistics, registration management and event material creation/gathering with guidance from the Outreach Director. Leadership skills will be strengthened by helping to run workshops, paddle events and festivals.

● Communications and outreach (30% of time): Promotion of events will include posting information online (websites and social media), speaking to groups and community partners, and occasionally distributing flyers. The assistant will also be asked to update and create some of these materials. Tabling and building on community awareness and engagement with our Council as well as building upon our existing partnerships will be another component of this job.

● Maintenance (10% of time): Assist with maintaining and cleaning equipment and supplies.

● Administrative (10 % of time): Staff meetings, timesheets, recording expenses, printing, and similar regular office work Learning and Benefits: The assistant will gain familiarity with the workings of a successful watershed council and small non-profit. They will gain experience in event planning, communications, community outreach & communications, non-profit operations and canoeing. Most importantly, they will help create positive environmental justice change in our communities while working with a great team and having fun. Hours and Compensation

● The assistant will receive $15 per hour. PTO accumulated one hour/30 hours worked.

● 20 hours/week April 2019 - September 2019. There will be several weeks where over 20 hours of work is possible

● Work schedule is flexible with some exceptions. Prefer availability on Thursdays and/or Fridays

● Required evening/holiday/weekend work: 4/28, 5/2, 5/4, 5/5, 5/23, 5/27, 6/1, 6/8, 6/22, 7/13, 7/20, 7/21, 8/11, 9/14, 9/22, 9/23

Required Qualifications, Skills:

● Strong organizational skills

● Strong communication and people skills: ability to speak publically, and to represent the council at public events

● Leadership skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently

● Ability to track and manage complicated project logistics

● Cultural agility (work effectively & positively with different cultural groups), able to work well with diverse ages and backgrounds

● Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs

● Knowledge & interest in equity, diversity and inclusion practice

● Able to take direction and initiative - strong team player

● Able to lift 30 lbs overhead and walk on uneven ground

● High school diploma or GED Preferred Qualifications: (We encourage you to apply even if you do not have all of these qualifications)

● Spanish language skills preferred and/or ability to communicate in another non-English language that is spoken in the watershed

● Bicultural background

● Connection to Cully neighborhood

● Experience in canoeing and/or kayaking

● Water quality, environmental health, and/ or environmental justice interest or background

● Experience in organizing and implementing small and large community events

● Skills in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and/or Publisher

● Basic website editing

● Communications and social media experience

● Transferable skills or life experiences that contribute to this position

● Bachelor’s degree in science, education, natural resources or related field

● Certified in CPR and Basic First Aid

● Valid driver’s license and ability to drive manual transmission (“stick shift”)


The assistant will work under the guidance and supervision of the Outreach Director with additional support from the Volunteer Coordinator. Occasional direction and support may be given by the Executive Director and other Council staff. Work Environment: Approximately 30% in field and 70% in office. This position includes moving on uneven terrain, often during inclement weather. The Events Assistant is often responsible for a portion of event setup which includes lifting 30-50lbs, setting up tents, table and chairs. The person in this position often paddles in canoes or kayaks to access sites or give tours. Around 30% of this job requires mobility in non-ADA accessible spaces and moving heavy objects. Please contact the Council with specific questions about accessibility and special accommodation. To Apply: This position is open on a rolling basis until April 15th at 5PM.

● Résumé Consider including career goals, special skills, education, interests, and for past employment: dates, key responsibilities and whether full time, part time, or volunteer.

● Cover letter (1 page) Consider including in your cover letter why you are interested in the position, any personal experience that is relevant but might not show up on a resume, explanation of any transferable skills (skills from different settings that would apply to this position,) and details that would help us to understand why you’d be a good addition to our team.

● Contact information for three references (name, title, relationship, email & phone) Email submission (preferred): susanne.raymond@columbiaslough.org, subject “Outreach and Events Assistant” Mail submission: Outreach Director Columbia Slough Watershed Council 7040 NE 47th Ave Portland, OR 97218 Questions? Contact Susanne Raymond at 503-281-1132 or susanne.raymond@columbiaslough.org The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take measures to prevent discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.