Columbia Springs is currently hiring for two positions! Are you passionate about nature, youth education, and engaging with diverse groups of people? Consider a position with Columbia Springs.
We are looking for a full-time Development Director to build and nurture relationships with local philanthropists and businesses. Are you a gifted storyteller who loves meeting new people? Read our full job description here.
We are looking for a part-time (with the potential to become full-time depending on how the situation with COVID-19 develops) Communications Coordinator. Are you able to connect with our mission and ensure our messaging is consistent, equitable, and aligns with our vision, values, and principles? Read our full job description here.
360-882-0936 ext. 221
Katherine enjoys supporting the excellent staff and volunteers at Columbia Springs, while managing day-to-day operations. She graduated from Mt Hood Community College, focusing on Forestry and Wildlife Management and brings a dynamic background in fundraising, community relations, environmental stewardship and advocacy. She fosters a deep understanding of the mission of Columbia Springs, a cause close to her heart. When she’s not working, she is enjoying her farm and her family.
360-882-0936 ext. 222
Apryl started at Columbia Springs as an Environmental Educator, teaching field trips and running summer programming. We are excited to have her now managing our volunteer program! She went to OSU for Fish and Wildlife Sciences, with an emphasis in Wetland Ecology. Apryl is an active member in the community, most recently working with a Douglas Squirrel rescue in Vancouver! She lives in Vancouver with her fiance and three children, and enjoys reading, hand-lettering and spending time at the water.
Event & Communications Coordinator
360-882-0936 ext. 230
Kayla coordinates our event and marketing programs. She hosts large festivals and galas in addition to directing our nonprofit communications and assisting with development. She grew up in New England and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2014, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Kayla has worked at a Land Trust, managing land use and easements, and in restaurant and catering management. She loves exploring the outdoors, reading, and cooking.
Repair Clark County Coordinator
360-882-0936 ext. 224
Terra facilitates the Repair Clark County program including event coordination and volunteer management. Terra earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science, with an emphasis in public education and has been running environmentally focused events for more than a decade. Raised on 70 acres of forest in southern Oregon, Terra has always had a strong earth ethic. Terra enjoys photography, thrift shopping and dining in local, independent restaurants.
Jenna coordinates education programs for school groups and activities at Columbia Springs’ community events. Jenna received a bachelor’s degree in social science and education from Hamline University. Jenna has explored sustainable living around the world and worked as an environmental educator for several programs. She has found nothing more rewarding than witnessing young people form connections with the natural world. In her spare time she enjoys backpacking trips, reading, enjoying live music and biking through Portland.
360-882-0936 ext. 223
Catherine manages our accounting systems, assists with human resources, and provides administrative support. She previously was the Operations and Accounting Manager for a diverse marine property management company on Hayden Island for 20 years. Catherine is a long time Vancouver resident. She has invested in her community by serving on a variety of organization’s boards including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, YWCA Clark County, Women in Action, Columbia River Mental Health Services, and the Council for the Homeless. She is a graduate of Leadership Clark County. Catherine enjoys time with family and friends, being outdoors, books, and music.
Education Program Assistant
360-882-0936 ext. 225
Shelly provides hands-on, info-taining experiences to students and administrative support to Columbia Spring’s onsite education and Salmon in the Classroom programs. As a 5th generation Portlander, Shelly’s roots grow deep in the Pacific Northwest. After earning her degree in biology from Reed College, she continued her senior thesis work exploring a genetic mechanism that allows parasitoid wasps to drive evolution in their insect hosts, ultimately contributing to a publication in Science. Shelly loves her tent, her former home while teaching several seasons of marine science summer camps and outdoor school. Shelly enjoys dip pen calligraphy, swing dancing and you may have seen her in costume at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Salmon in the Classroom Coordinator
360-882-0936 ext. 228
Katie manages fifty aquariums in schools across Clark County that rear over 12,000 Coho salmon each year. As the program coordinator she also provides students opportunities for hands-on environmental education through in-class presentations and activities. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M Galveston and her master’s degree in marine resource management from Oregon State University. Katie has worked as a fisheries observer in Alaska, field biologist in Hawaii, and an environmental educator in several states. In her spare time Katie enjoys “making stuff” and exploring new parks with her husband and daughter.
Alexis Barton, Megan Wadleigh & Luisa Eding
Our environmental educators deliver a variety of hands-on science and nature programs on site. Look for them leading school field trips, summer camp groups or activities at events!
360-882-0936 ext. 227
Brian and other Fish and Wildlife staff raise the fish in the hatchery and manage grounds and hatchery facilities maintenance at Columbia Springs.