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Work at Depave!

May 2, 2016  |  News

Depave Project & Volunteer Coordinator

Employment status: Half time, semi-permanent position. 20 hours per week.
Compensation: $16 per hour
Work location: Portland, Oregon
Application closes: Open until filled, review starting May 23rd
Start date: June 20th

May 1st, 2016

Depave is a unique nonprofit organization, based in Portland, that promotes the transformation of over-paved places. We engage communities to reconnect urban spaces to nature through cutting-edge landscape intervention. We work with public and private schools, communities of faith, and community-centered businesses or nonprofits to remove asphalt and replace it with gardens, playgrounds, bioswales and community green spaces that reduce stormwater pollution and support environmental education, natureplay, and urban agriculture.

Depave has 1.5 FTE; this position is to replace our current project and volunteer coordinator, who is leaving town. This position reports to the full-time Executive Director. For the right candidate, this half-time position can grow into full-time, over time.

This Coordinator will serve a key role with a diverse range of responsibilities to advance Depave’s work within the Portland region.

The two major priorities for this position will be:

  • Coordinating community depaving projects from start to finish and beyond
    • working with board, volunteers, and partner organizations to find future project sites
    • working with landowners, community partners, and volunteers to develop projects and site plans
    • securing permits
    • planning and executing effective and consistent community and media promotion for events, projects, and the organization as a whole
    • sourcing project implementation materials and overseeing volunteer and contractor work
    • coordinating all aspects of project events — including cutting, depaving, planting, and maintenance work days
  • Engaging volunteers at multiple levels
    • day-of, event-only volunteers
    • community and business volunteer groups
    • core Depave volunteers (event crew leaders, project planning, site stewardship, community ambassadors)  

Additional duties may include:

  • Committee Support – lead Depave’s Volunteer & Event Engagement, and support Depave’s Partnerships & Promotions, and Fundraising Committees in their goals as needed
  • Community Fundraising – help with fundraising events, building business support, and donor/sponsor engagement

Required Qualifications

  • Strong drive, initiative and commitment
  • Extremely reliable, trustworthy, and responsive
  • An outgoing, enthusiastic, people-oriented personality, with the ability to work independently
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Google docs, and to learn other computer skills as needed
  • Demonstrated experience leading others and working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multifaceted projects with a strong focus on collaboration
  • A genuine desire to reach out and engage the community surrounding each project
  • The ability to lift at least 50 pounds and perform manual labor, including frequent moving of tools and equipment and operation of power tools (concrete saw: Depave will provide instruction.)
  • The ability to think visually, and to read, understand, and draft project designs and site plans
  • Demonstrated social media prowess
  • A valid drivers license, a clean driving record, and a reliable motor vehicle

Highly Desired Additional Knowledge, Skills, or Experience

  • Strong experience in landscaping, construction, or gardening
  • Thorough knowledge of pacific northwest plants, ecology, and watershed health
  • Experience with any types of fundraising (grants, events, corporate, individual)
  • Competency in a language other than English relevant to the Portland Metro area
  • Experience with Environmental Justice work, and/or connections to the Portland communities or community organizations in areas that have the least greenspace
  • Prior paid work in the nonprofit sector

Compensation, Duration, & Details

  • Starting wage of $16/hour for 20 hours per week.
  • Weekly and seasonal work hours may flex slightly up or down.
  • Regular weekend (Saturday) work is required during the summer and fall project season.  Approximately two evening meetings per month will also be required, and candidates must have daytime availability to schedule meetings with Depave Executive Director and project partners, as well as to oversee project work. Work schedule is otherwise flexible.
  • Benefits include: $100 monthly health stipend, $80 monthly phone/computer/internet stipend to supply your own, limited mileage reimbursement, two weeks paid vacation (pro-rated).
  • Depave does not currently have an office. Until such time, this position requires the ability to most often work independently from home (with weekly staff-collaboration time). If the candidate has their own computer, phone and internet service, our preference is to pay a stipend toward the cost of those, and not supply them. However, we can make other arrangements if that is a barrier.

How to Apply

Position open until filled, review will begin week of May 23rd.

Send one single pdf document that includes resume, contact information and relation for three references, and a letter explaining how you meet the required and desired qualifications listed above as well as how half-time work will fit into your life and schedule to: with the subject: PVC Application – “Your Last Name”. Applications submitted in a format other than pdf will not be considered.

Nominate a Site or Submit a Proposal

Nominate a Site or Submit a Proposal

April 25, 2016  |  News

We’re always looking for great candidate sites to depave and regreen in the Portland Metro area.

Depave projects typically take about a year to plan, fund and implement, and we are currently seeking sites for the 2016 or 2017 summer-fall depaving season.

Project proposals don’t need to be fully formulated at this early stage, we’ll help you develop your vision further. Our 2016 depaving schedule is filling up fast, so please contact us as early as possible to inquire about assistance this year.

If you know of a place badly in need of more greenspace, and you have approval/interest to depave from the property owner, please tell us about your vision for the space.

Click here to learn more and submit your site!

Please note: We work with a variety of groups – such as public and private schools, communities of faith, and community-based businesses and nonprofit organizations to remove pavement and create new greenspaces that will benefit the neighborhood as a whole. We aren’t able to perform improvements to residential properties, but are very interested in apartment complexes.

Don’t have a project proposal, but want to see more green in your neighborhood?
Suggest a project location, and we’ll look into it.

PDX ID - Speaker Series

PDX ID – Speaker Series

March 1, 2016  |  News
Design & Identity, Powered by PechaKucha
Presented by ASLA Oregon & Depave 


Intrigued by the intersection of local identity and design? Join us for a casual evening to explore how a spectrum of design disciplines relate to our identity through a series of fun and fast paced presentations by some of Portland’s finest.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Depave, in partnership with PechaKucha Night Portland and Design Week Portland, proudly present the third edition of this exciting PechaKucha style speaker series.

What is PechaKucha? It’s the art of concise presentation. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format using 20 images that advance automatically every 20 seconds. It’s a great way to tour many topics.

Please join us for great discussion and light drinks!
When: Thursday, April 21, 6-7:30, doors @ 5:30
Where: Hatch Innovation: 2420 NE Sandy Blvd

Presentations, emceed by Cameron Whitten, include:

Get your ticket online & save!

RSVP on Facebook

$5 ONLINE     |     $10 AT THE DOOR


Bag It Forward at New Seasons Market

Bag It Forward at New Seasons Market

January 4, 2016  |  News

Bag it Forward LogoHelp Depave secure a spot in New Seasons’ Bag it Forward donation campaign by voting January 13-26 at the Grant Park and Arbor Lodge store locations.

Customers can vote to elect one nonprofit for each of the Market’s three tenets of giving: fighting hunger, supporting K-12 schools, and promoting environmental conservation. Voting takes place at each store’s Solutions Center.

Bag it Forward (a 5¢ reusable bag credit donation campaign) will officially launch on February 8th  benefiting the selected nonprofits.

Depave in the Give!Guide

Depave in the Give!Guide

November 1, 2015  |  News


We’re proud to be in the 2015 Give!Guide sponsored Willamette Week!

The Give!Guide is the Portland-Vancouver region’s premier holiday season fundraiser that facilitates year-end giving to a variety of Portland-area nonprofits. Over 150 organizations included in this year’s Give!Guide represent a cross section of organizations focused on: Animals, Arts, Community, Education, Environment, Social Action, Wellness, and Youth.

The goals of the Give!Guide are:

  • to encourage people age 18–35 to get involved in philanthropy,
  • to attract new donors and/or volunteers to these causes, and
  • to provide publicity and exposure to a variety of local nonprofits.

Last year the Give!Guide raised over $2.4 million for 140 local nonprofits. This year we’re hoping to help Willamette Week break the record again.

2015 was Depave’s biggest year since beginning in 2008, and we’re raring to regreen even more in the year to come – take a look at the results of our work here and here. Donations from individuals like you ensure that we’ll be able to support the many community groups seeking our assistance in transforming over-paved places into beautiful greenspaces.


Check out the Give!Guide site to make a donation.


SPECIAL THANKS to our business partners, Opsis Architecture and R&H Construction, for their financial support.

PLUS! GIVE to Depave on Big Give Days (to win rad stuff from Bike Gallery, Powell’s Books, Rogue, Salt & Straw, Timbers and Trail Blazers — Nov 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 30 & Dec 1, 9, 10, 16, 17) and get entered to win garden gear from Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply.

Thank you for helping Depave improve neighborhoods around Portland and beyond!

Tax deductible donations are accepted November through midnight on December 31.

Join the Crew

Join the Crew

January 1, 2015  |  News

Do you want to do more to help Depave?  Interested in learning about opportunities to volunteer using your brain instead of your body?

We’re always seeking new volunteers to help behind the scenes in our four committees:

  • Projects Planning & Implementation Committee – learn more
  • Advocacy & Partnerships Committee – learn more
  • Education & Outreach Committee – learn more

Some key positions we’re looking to fill include:

  • depaving and planting crew leaders – learn more about Crew Leading here
  • designers (signage, projects, media)
  • creatives (project art and event fun)
  • teachers (project curriculum)
  • outreach and social media team members
  • community representatives for advocacy

Please contact program staff Eric Rosewall, if you’re interested in any of the above (or any other) opportunities.