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Volunteer Opportunity: Chavez Food Pantry

The nonprofit organization Neighborhood House, in conjunction with Multnomah County and SUN Schools, recently opened a food pantry at Chavez K-8 School in North Portland. The food pantry is modeled on Neighborhood House’s Emergency Food Box program that allows families to “shop” through the pantry at no cost. The Chavez Food pantry is in need of volunteers. We are offering several shifts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information please contact Siobhan McGowan at or 503-916-5260 ex71430.

Summer field courses in Alaska!

The Tatoosh School is a nonprofit, university-level field school with classrooms in the towns, oceans, and forests of Alaska’s Inside Passage. It is the school’s mission to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska. Rigorous academics focus on the development of a sense of place and passion for civic engagement, and a sound knowledge of the Pacific coastal rainforest. Students can earn up to 12 units of credit and leave empowered to explore their surroundings with wide-eyed curiosity and to reach out as active and informed citizens. Learn more »

Graduate Research Assistant: Outreach Coordinator for PSU Community Environmental Services

Community Environmental Services (CES) at Portland State University is recruiting applicants to fill one Graduate Research Assistant position (GRA) at 0.49FTE (20 hrs. /week) as part of the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. This position will require proven engagement experience, a high-level of dedication, self-motivation, and the ability to coordinate and communicate with a variety of audiences. This position will support the Project Lead to ensure the ongoing success of the Port’s Waste Minimization Program by identifying opportunities and addressing constraints to program implementation. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 21. Learn more »

Graduate Research Assistant: Partnership Development Coordinator for PSU Community Environmental Services

Community Environmental Services (CES) at Portland State University is recruiting applicants to fill one Graduate Research Assistant position (GRA) at 0.49FTE (20 hrs. /week). This position will require a high-level of dedication, self- motivation, and proven research, data gathering, interpretation, and engagement experience. This position will support the development of a collaborative sustainability effort among the Port of Portland and partners in the nearby vicinity of Portland International Airport. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 21. Learn more »

Job: Washington County Sustainability Program Educator

The Program Educator for the Washington County Sustainability Program is responsible for providing sustainability education to employees, to the community, and partners in the County. This position implements specialized informational programs through public presentation and other media techniques; organizes and trains volunteers, and manages volunteer programs. The Program Educator also staffs the Partners for a Sustainable Washington County Community (PSWCC). Applications are due April 18, 2014. Learn more »

Internships: Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living & Education

Intern at one of the most extensive organic permaculture farms in Costa Rica. Located on the Southern Caribbean coast, we have 85 beach front acres of primary, secondary and established food forests. We grow over 200 species of exotic fruits trees, we have identified over 125 medicinal plants and have numerous food, construction and ornamental species. Our beach is one of the prime nesting zones for the leatherback and green turtles and we have 3 species of dolphins offshore. Over the past 18 years we have hosted thousands of students, from junior high school through graduate levels as well as all kinds of adult learners who come to Punta Mona to be immersed in off-the grid, environmentally conscious living. Learn more »

Job: Portland Global Initiatives

Portland Global Initiatives is a Portland area non-profit that operates with a mission to increase awareness about global water issues and lead the way in sustainably addressing both the issues and the need. Nearly one billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation. PGI seeks a Coordinator to initiate and support the organization's efforts and coordinate or assist with events. The coordinator will work directly with the PGI Board of Directors. Applications due by Friday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. Learn more »

Paid Internship: Sustainable Economic Development Research 

ECONorthwest seeks to hire two interns to provide research assistance with the creation of a sustainable economic development toolkit for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. The interns will work with the project team to develop a resource database of sustainable economic development strategies and actions. The work will involve online research, phone interviews, and the production of short case studies. This position will provide the opportunity to work on a compelling project that will be used by sustainability directors and economic development professionals across the United States. The intern's name will appear on the final product. Open until filled. Learn more »

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy.  From  August 6-20, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC  campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of topics in energy and sustainable energy through daily presentations & panel discussions, collaborative research projects and mentoring, site tours of leading energy facilities in Chicago, and networking opportunities with energy & entrepreneurial leaders. Learn more »

Apply now for the McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program works with motivated and talented undergraduates who want to pursue PhDs. Through academic seminars, the program introduces PSU juniors and seniors, who are first-generation and low-income, and/or members of under-represented groups, to academic research and to effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs. Scholars work closely with faculty mentors on original research projects. Program benefits include: a research internship & stipend to complete an original research project; one-on-one Faculty mentoring; opportunities to participate in academic research conferences and other scholarly activities. Applications are due on Monday, May 5Learn more »

Paid Internships: Bureau of Environmental Services

The Bureau of Environmental Services offers paid internship opportunities to students enrolled in university undergraduate or graduate programs, preferably in a field related to the mission and scope of the bureau's work. Internships for students in engineering, environmental, or wastewater programs may be available in the following areas: Engineering Design and Construction, Watershed Services, Modeling and GIS, Industrial Source Control, Coordinated Site Assessment and Brownfields Program, and Wastewater. Learn more »

OHSU Farmers Market seeks volunteers

The OHSU Farmers Market is an intersection of nutrition, healthcare, food security, small-medium sized agriculture, sustainable institutional purchasing, local retail and wholesale business and marketing. Interested in volunteering? Contact Eecole Copen, market manager, 503-494-8792 or farmmkt@ohsu.eduLearn more »

Student Sustainability Film Festival

The 2014 Student Sustainability Film Festival is now accepting entries from high school and college students across North America. Students create short films about programs and projects that their campus or community is doing to create sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. The winning film will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize. Submission deadline May 17. Learn more »

Internships with the Washington Center 

Four positions are available to Portland State Students to intern in Washington DC over the summer with the Washington Center.  The program includes housing, a placement into an internship that matches your interests and skills, and a training program.  The program runs from May 28-August 9. This is an exciting opportunity to add to your learning, experience, and resume.    

Portland State students selected to apply will gain six (6) Portland State credits for summer term (tuition waived) and $5000 to offset the program and housing costs.  Students will need to pay the remaining program costs and any additional living expenses (food, transportation, entertainment).  Pell grant eligible students may be able to use financial aid for the additional programming costs, this will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Learn more »

    Paid Internship: Tualatin Riverkeepers Camp Counselor 

    TRK seeks enthusiastic educators to assist in developing and implementing Nature Day Camp programs. Under the supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator, Interns will assist in developing and leading lessons and activities in the out of doors for children between the ages of four and 14 years old. Applications due by April 15, 2014. Learn more »

    Essay contest for $1,000 scholarship from PlushBeds

    Beyond selling earth-friendly products, PlushBed's mission is to also support individuals who believe in taking care of the fragile ecosystem and leaving their corner of the world a better place than they found it. Enter an essay contest on the advantages of living a "green" lifestyle and the steps to get there and vie for a $1,000 scholarship. Submission deadline is August 15, 2014. Learn more »

    Internships: Bicycle Transportation Alliance

    The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is a nonprofit organization focused on creating healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safer, more convenient, and more accessible. BTA is seeking applicants for four internship positions: Volunteer Management Intern, Communications Intern, Outreach and Member Engagement Intern, and Development Intern

    Media Institute for Social Change: Summer Documentary Program

    The Media Institute for Social Change is looking for a dozen smart, eager undergraduate students to learn how to produce engaging, professional-quality radio & video documentaries about "local solutions to global problems." The program is a mix of classroom academics and a hands-on production house. We work with award-winning filmmakers, radio personalities, and local politicos to teach about how media projects can effectively bring about positive social change. Program begins June 27, 2014. Learn more »

    Volunteer opportunities: NW Outdoor Science School

    The Northwest Regional Educational Service District’s Outdoor Science School program is reaching out to local universities with the interest of providing service learning opportunities to your students. The program operates in the fall and spring of each academic year to provide outdoor education to attending 6th grade students at residential, overnight camps in the Willamette Valley and along the Oregon coast. The program seeks high school and college-aged counselors to volunteer for a week, assisting in the education and engagement of our 6th graders. Applications accepted through May 28.  Learn more »

    Volunteer opportunities with Columbia Slough Watershed Council

    Help kids experience the wonder of the outdoors! Get involved with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Check out the council's Volunteer PageWant to get your hands dirty for a good cause? Check out upcoming restoration events with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council!

    Opportunities at Zenger Farm

    Zenger Farm is a working urban farm in Portland, OR, that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.  Zenger Farm offers field trip programs to people of all ages, preschool to adult, and Farm Camp programs for youth. Visit for more information.

    Field Trip Leader Volunteer

    • Seasonal commitment of at least 3 months at a time
    • 5 to 20 hours a week
    • Weekly time commitment and schedule will be discussed with each applicant to meet the needs of the Volunteer and Zenger Farm

    Free Chinook Book mobile app for PSU students

    Portland State University and Chinook Book have created an exciting new mobile app that is available for FREE to all PSU students, staff, and faculty. The app offers 50 free coupons from local merchants—including Ben & Jerry's, Hot Lips Pizza, co-op grocers, and coffee shops—as well as sustainability resources, such as bike maps, videos, and links to sustainability organizations on and off campus. Download to your mobile phone and start saving today! 
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