We need your help! Currently the Plankhouse is staffed almost entirely by volunteer docents and we depend on docents to keep the Plankhouse open on the weekends and to lead school group tours and programs. Read about the benefits and expectations of the volunteers below and see some of the testaments of current Plankhouse docents and volunteers.
We are looking for new people to join our team of amazing docents that staff the Plankhouse during the weekends or help us teach school groups during the week. Open to everyone, there is no special experience needed, just a desire to learn and share the natural and cultural history of the refuge with others. By the end of the orientation you will understand what our docents do, learn more about Chinookan lifeways and archaeology, and be ready to take the next steps to become a part of the team. For more info or to RSVP please contact Sarah Hill at email@example.com or call (360) 887-4106 .
No Experience necessary. We provide training, reading materials, ongoing volunteer support, and opportunities for professional development. If you can’t make the training, but still want to get involved, contact Sarah Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can arrange an alternate training plan.
Below are some of the benefits of being a volunteer:
Below are some of the expectations of being a volunteer:
Below current docents have shared their thoughts and feelings on time spent volunteering at the Plankhouse.
“What I enjoy most about working at the Plankhouse are all the wonderful people I meet. The visitors from the Vancouver and Portland area are great to talk to and are very interested in learning about the history of the Chinooks and their culture. I have also met many people from the rest of the U.S., even Europe, and Japan.”
- Terry Sasser
“I enjoy the fact that the majority of our visitors are engaged in the history and very excited to learn about the project, the visitors make it very rewarding and worth the effort. In addition the history of Cathlapotle is amazing and I find the ability to discuss this with visitors is truly a blessing. Finally the people I work along side with are great.”
- Paul Rea
“The Cathlapotle house is a very good place to volunteer and give back to the community. During your afternoon shift you have the pleasure to share your interpretive knowledge of how the Chinookan people were living their life and hearing the visitors share their own interpretative history of the area.”
- Jac Arnal