Volunteers are essential to the work we do! See below for the many ways to volunteer and intern with JCWC.
To apply for most volunteer work or an internship, simply fill out our Volunteer Application. (No application necessary for Restoration Volunteers or prospective Board Members – see below.)
We host work parties year round to remove invasive species, spread mulch, and/or plant native trees and shrubs. Restoration events are typically 2-3 hours in length with group sizes of 15-50 volunteers. All tools, gloves, and equipment are provided, including rain gear and boots if needed. No application necessary, although RSVPs are requested for some events. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming work parties.
Park Stewards (January start)
Park Stewards adopt a park or natural area near Johnson Creek, and are given special permission to access the area to perform ongoing restoration work. We ask for a commitment of at least 2 hours each month for 12 consecutive months. Each cohort begins in January and runs through December. More info:
- Job description
- 2016 Orientation Powerpoint Presentation
- Johnson Creek Stewards 2016 Handbook
- Read about Creek Stewards’ experiences
Green Street Stewards
Green Street Stewards adopt a street and improve watershed health by picking up trash, removing leaves and debris, clearing curb openings and overflow drains, and occasionally weeding and watering green street facilities. The position typically consists of 2 hours each month, over a period of 12 months; sign up anytime. More info:
- Job description
- City of Portland’s Green Street Steward program
- Green Street Steward Facebook page
- Weed identification guide
Land Use Advocate
From time to time, we have projects related to sustainable land use and development in our watershed. If you have an interest in researching local land use issues, attending City Council meetings or other government planning events, and/or talking with community members and government officials about the land use process, fill out our Volunteer Application and we will let you know about current opportunities.
Outreach Task Force
The Outreach Task Force reaches out to the community, getting people involved in watershed activities by representing the Council at public events such as street fairs and farmer markets. Members of the Task Force engage with the public by speaking on behalf of the Council about volunteer opportunities, publications, and much more!
Interning with JCWC is a great way to expand existing job experience and/or to earn college credit. Our interns help with many tasks, including outreach and event planning, research, website and IT support, and more. We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:
- Community Outreach Internship
- Science Library Archivist
- Soil Health Workshop Coordinator
- Landscape Maintenance Assistant
Serving on the Board is an opportunity to gain leadership experience and to positively impact Johnson Creek and JCWC. We are growing our Board and welcome applicants with the following skill sets:
- Watershed science
- Community outreach
We ask Board members to serve for a minimum 2-year commitment; preferred candidates also live in the Johnson Creek Watershed. Board meetings occur every other month and are open to the public; check the Events Calendar and consider attending a meeting. Board Members also serve on working committees, and getting involved with Governance, Executive, Fundraising, Land Use or Facilities is a great way to experience Board work before joining. See a list of the current Board of Directors here. To apply or for more information, please contact Board Chair Dick Schubert with a letter of interest and resume.