Volunteer Opportunities

In 2008 we had over 650 volunteers put in 3000 hours of their time . We could not do our restoration, fundraising, and conservation work without you!

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Below are our current volunteer opportunities organized by category. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out our Volunteer Application so we know how best to place you.

 

RESTORATION

Weekly work parties with the West Willamette Restoration Partnership

Join Three Rivers Land Conservancy and the West Willamette Restoration Partnership in our ongoing effort to restore 300 acres in southwest Portland. Enjoy your Saturday morning working outside to restore our urban forest and meeting others in our community at one of our restoration work parties that occur on the first, second, third, and last Saturdays of every month.
–1st Saturday of every month- Keller Woodlands from 9am to 12 noon
–2nd Saturday of each month- Friends of Terwilliger Restoration Work Party from 9am to 12 noon
–Last Saturday of each month- Marquam Nature Park Restoration Work Party from 9am to 12 noon
Contact Laura at loleary@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

Eagle Scouts

Complete your Eagle Scout project by restoring natural habitat or constructing signage on one of our conserved properties. Previous projects have included invasive species removal, replanting with native plants, and interpretive signage on native plants.
Contact Laura O’Leary, Stewardship Director, at loleary@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Volunteers are essential at our annual outreach and fundraising events. Our Wine & Land Benefit (beginning of September), Wild Splendor Benefit Dinner (late May), and Conservation Celebration (mid-July) are fun ways to help conserve natural areas in the Portland region. Volunteers help with a variety of jobs including preparation in the office before the event, parking, setting up tables and decorations, serving food and beverages, and clean up. Shifts are usually 4 hours.
Contact Kim Brown, Development Associate, at kbrown@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEER 

Office volunteer

Being an office volunteer is great for people who need more flexibility or want to work from home. Volunteers support the everyday workings of the organization by helping with answering the phone, filing, data entry, mailings, and other small projects.
Contact Kim Brown, Development Associate, at kbrown@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

On-call mailing volunteers

We have the occasional mailings that require a few volunteers to help out in the office. I’m compiling a list of possible volunteers that we can call on to help out with these occasional projects. If your schedule is flexible during the day and you don’t mind coming to our office, we would love to have you on our on–call list. There is no obligation necessary.
Contact Kim Brown, Development Associate, at kbrown@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

TECHNICAL SKILL

Backyard Habitat Certification Program

These high caliber volunteers assist and lead on-site visits with homeowners, complete conservation reports and provide outreach to their communities. Experience with gardening, invasive plant removal, design, and wildlife management is necessary. Additional technical training is provided.
Contact Gaylen Beatty, Director- Backyard Habitat Program at gbeatty@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

GIS specialist

Assist our Conservation Director in different mapping projects and data development as needed. An intermediate level of experience with GIS is necessary. Such projects may include, digitizing conservation easement boundaries and updating land database.
Contact Virginia Bowers, Conservation Director, at vbowers@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

Legal specialist

Assist our Conservation Director in researching legal questions as needed. Such projects may include researching and drafting a policy on conservation easement amendments, researching and drafting appropriate legal language on specific issues related to conservation easements.
Contact Virginia Bowers, Conservation Director, at vbowers@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

Writing and editing specialist

Assist our Conservation Director in writing, editing, or proofing documents such as grant proposals and Memos of Understanding. High level editing and writing experience is required.
Contact Virginia Bowers, Conservation Director, at vbowers@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

Natural resource inventories

Natural resource surveyors collect data on plants and animals, write reports, and/or give recommendations on stewardship efforts. Surveyors must have a background in botany, wildlife biology, hydrology, or ornithology. Experience with ecological survey methods a plus.
Contact Virginia Bowers, Conservation Director, at vbowers@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

FOCUS AREAS AMBASSADOR

These ambassadors act as the eyes, ears, and mouth for our organization in our different conservation focus areas. Ambassadors perform a variety of jobs including talk to landowners in one of our focus areas, hold local meetings to educate and inform neighbors about conservation easements, provide feedback on natural resource opportunities and threats in a particular focus area.
Contact Virginia Bowers, Conservation Director, at vbowers@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Committee members actively support many of Three Rivers’ programs.

West Willamette Restoration Partnership Committee

The West Willamette Restoration Partnership began in fall 2006 to combat invasive weeds and to promote responsible residential gardening in southwest Portland. Our partners include local community groups and neighborhood associations, Three Rivers, City of Portland, PGE, OHSU, & West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. Committee members assist in restoration efforts and outreach by volunteering at work parties, recruiting neighbors, and outreach to school and community groups.
Contact Laura O’Leary, Stewardship Director, at loleary@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

The Planned Giving Committee

Work with staff and other estate planning experts to establish long-term financial support for Three Rivers Land Conservancy.
Contact Barbara Bernstein, Development Director, at bbernstein@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

The Stewardship Committee

Reviews conservation easement reports, providing guidance and direction for Stewardship violations, and by directing future efforts of the Stewardship Director.
Contact Laura O’Leary, Stewardship Director, at loleary@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.

The Wine & Land Committee

Support Three Rivers’ annual fundraiser by recruiting sponsors, selling tickets and finding auction items. This is a group dedicated to both conservation and fun!
Contact Barbara Bernstein, Development Director, at bbernstein@ or 503-699-9825 for more information.