Month after month, volunteers make the work of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council possible. Whether it’s through planting trees and removing invasive species, reviewing land use applications, planning watershed events, attending meetings or advising on restoration projects, volunteers are the heart of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.
If you have a particular area of interest that you would like to work in, special skills to share, or a specific field of knowledge, just let us know. Contact Amy Lodholz our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 503-652-7477 or firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how you can help!
Ways to Volunteer
Become a Restoration Volunteer
Either individually, with friends, co-workers or family joining the Johnson Creek Watershed Council at a restoration event is a great way to volunteer. No skills, toolsÂ or additional commitments necessary to help.
Depending on the time of year, volunteers will join Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Amy Lodholz at several different sites to remove invasive species, mulch, or plant native trees and shrubs.
Restoration events are typically 2 to 3 hours in length with group’s size ranging from 15 to 50 volunteers. All tools, gloves and equipment are provided. We also have rain gear and rubber boots to borrow if you need them.
Please check theÂ events calendar to view upcoming restoration events or email Amy Lodholz at email@example.com.
The Land Use Advocacy Committee
Fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8pm
Location TBD; contact Jason Howard, Land Use Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Our mission is to protect the resources of the Johnson Creek Watershed by promoting community involvement in regulatory and judicial processes affecting the Watershed.”
Do you have an interest in the ins and outs of local land use planning? Do you ever wonder how or why a local housing or industrial development occurred or who provides the voice for the protection of our local natural resources? Do you know how open spaces are created? If so, join us. We are always looking for motivated volunteers who want to assist with protecting the resources of the Johnson Creek watershed. Opportunities include reviewing land use permit applications, providing technical advice and support to land use advocates, and talking with community members about the land use process. Knowledge of local land use issues is appreciated but not required to get involved.
The Outreach Task Force
The Outreach Task Force is dedicated to reaching out to the community to inspire and facilitate investment in the Johnson Creek Watershed. The Outreach Task Force gets people involved in watershed activities by representing the Council at a number of different public events. These events include street fairs and farmer markets and nonprofit and volunteer fairs. Members of the Task Force engage with the public by speaking on behalf of the Council about our volunteer opportunities, publications, and upcoming events.
The way to a healthy watershed is through people. For more information please contact Amy at 503-652-7477, or email email@example.com.
First meeting: June 3, 2013 at 3:00pm at Council Headquarters (1900 SE Milport Rd, Milwaukie). Meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of every month from 6-8pm at JCWC Headquaters.
Committee Chair: Nicole Alexander
This committee meets monthly to help plan, organize and implement a series of free, educational and fun community events called Johnson Creek Days between September 20-22. Do you enjoy planning events? Are you creative? Do you have strong organizational skills? Would you like to help with outreach and publicity? Would you enjoy brainstorming new partners and events? Then, the Event Committee is the right volunteer role for you!
We are looking for a group of about 15 volunteers (age 18 and over) to help with this committee. Please email Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy at email@example.com if you are interested or have any questions.
Johnson Creek Stewards Program
At the beginning of each year, Portland Parks and Recreation identifies natural areas within the Johnson Creek Watershed that require a delicate touch. These are healthy areas that might be damaged by a large group of people but still need ongoing maintenance. These 5-7 very important natural areas are then assigned to that year’s Johnson Creek Stewards. The trained Stewards will have permission to access these areas to perform ongoing restoration work.
The Johnson Creek Stewards can work independently or with each other, for a minimum of two hours each month for 12 consecutive months.
See the job description here.
See the Johnson Creek Stewards Handbook here.
A JCWC internship is a great opportunity for volunteers who might be looking for college credit, additional work skills, or a long term volunteer opportunity. We offer internships throughout the year. A JCWC internship is typically 40 to 80 hours in length, and is completed over about 10 weeks. Depending on which JCWC staff member you work with, tasks will include research, grant writing, restoration, outreach, communications, data entry, event assistance, and various other tasks that may arise.
Current internship projects available: