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NWEI Volunteer Opportunities

Where: Portland Metro
When: Ongoing need
Contact: Lacy Cagle
Phone: 503.227.2807
On the web:
We are looking for individuals

NWEI’s work would not be possible without the generous help of volunteers.  From the beginning, volunteer citizens have led the way for others to learn more about the practice of simplicity and sustainable lifestyle.

Initiating small group dialogue, offering NWEI discussion courses in your community, developing curriculum, planning events, offering presentations and mentoring others, the NWEI volunteer community is integral in ushering in a more sustainable future.  NWEI's work would not be possible without the motivation and dedication of active citizen volunteers. 

Become a Volunteer or Community Organizer with the Northwest Earth Institute

  • Live more sustainably
  • Deepen commitment about what matters most in your life
  • Create community around what you care about
  • Enrich a sense of wonder
  • Join thousands of others in the NWEI community who are helping to share the discussion courses with others and who are making a difference in their communities


Some of the many ways to get involved:

Become a Course Coordinator: Organize a discussion course in your home community
Coordinators gather people who are interested in taking a course.  This can be done by offering an introductory presentation on the work of NWEI, or by simply gathering friends, family, co-workers or neighbors.  Coordinators schedule the course and final celebration meeting, help the group order their books, encourage membership and communicate with participants.

Mentor new groups (training required)
The role of the course mentor is a key role.  The mentor’s main objective is to demonstrate a successful group process.  Mentors facilitate the first session of a course and assist new groups in getting started.

Present to groups (training required)

Presenters make introductory presentations to groups that are interested in doing a NWEI discussion course.  Presenters provide background on NWEI, an overview of how our courses work, and a summary of the course topic.

Assist in Curriculum Development
Members of curriculum committees work with NWEI's curriculum coordinator to put together new discussion course books and revise versions of our older courses.  Volunteers assist in researching articles, peer review of course drafts, piloting new courses, and consulting regarding the content and flow of courses during their development.


For additional volunteer opportunities in Portland, Oregon, click here.

Intern with NWEI

Interested in spending a few months working with the NWEI Outreach Team?  NWEI offers internships on an on-going basis.  To learn more about this opportunity, call 503-227-2807, or send an email to contact [at] nwei. org, with the subject "Internship".  We are not currently looking for any  interns, but please check back later in the spring for new opportunities.  To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to contact [at] nwei. org, with the subject "Outreach Internship".  Please place your cover letter in the text of your email.  Outreach Team internships generally last from 3-6 months.  For a detailed position description, click here.

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