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NWEI Volunteer Opportunities

Where: Portland Metro
When: Ongoing need
Contact: Liz Zavodsky
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:

Organize A Course

Using our course book as a guide, gather 8 – 12 colleagues, friends, family members, co-workers, classmates, or neighbors to participate in a NWEI discussion course. We will provide you with all the tools you need to be successful. Learn more about being a course organizer here.

Mentor New Groups

Support the success of a discussion course happening in your community. Attend key discussion sessions to foster group participation, spark inspiration and help set the stage for a fun and engaging experience.

Curriculum Development

Join our Curriculum Committee to help create and revise our course books. From researching articles to creating inspiring discussion questions—committee members help with all types of work needed to get each course book published.

Office Projects

Assist with the tasks needed to keep us running smoothly. We have a variety of projects that including web research, community outreach, data entry, editing and proofing materials, making calls to supporters and helping with mailings. We have one-time and ongoing opportunities available.


Assist with NWEI booths at community events. Talk to people about NWEI and the impact of our discussion courses.

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