Volunteering/ Jobs

We are hiring part time independent contractors with great teaching and outdoor skills to lead field trips and educational programs for youth.

nature walk and learning about herbs for kids

This will consist of wearing a historical costume and guiding the children back in time to experience life as a pioneer, trapper, or Kalapuya Indian. Depending on experience, other duties such as teaching nature classes to children may be offered. Hours will vary and pay is negotiable. All field trips and classes are booked in advance.

Candidates will have good general knowledge of the outdoors, be comfortable working outdoors in rainy weather, and have experience working with children. A background check and CPR/ First Aid current training is mandatory.

Contact us to find out about educational materials/reading and costumes. Orientation will be given a month or so before field trips begin.

We may also have openings for teaching classes and workshops, as well as Homeschool days.

To apply or for more information, please send resume and cover letter to Karen Rainsong, Executive Director, Singing Creek Educational Center: karen@singingcreekcenter.org.


sahra and kidsWe love volunteers! …and we have occasional volunteer work parties (see our calendar). Families and individuals are encouraged to participate and help us improve our programs and events. It’s fun to volunteer- you get up close and personal with the center and feel good about your work. When you work on a project you get not only our thanks but the satisfaction of contributing to a wonderful place with a great mission.

 Junior Camp Helpers

If your child has attended our summer camp before and loved it, they may want to help out at Singing Creek summer camp in this role. Cost for the week is reduced and they may be asked to attend a training session beforehand. Junior counselors get to help with set up and clean up, hands on crafts, and leading games. They will be supervised by camp counselors at all times, and will be an important part of making our camp run smoothly. Let Karen know if your former camper (over age 10) is interested. Only one junior camper allowed per camp.

We are currently looking for knowledgeable volunteers to lead walks and teach children and families. For general volunteering, no special knowledge is necessary. We need handypersons, cleaners, organizers, errand runners, weed pullers and booth sitters. Other opportunities may arise from time to time.

We are looking for experienced presenters/nature guides or instructors for our classes and programs. If you have a gift for working with children and families, love the outdoors and nature and are punctual and friendly, we would love to talk to you. Many of our classes are led by knowledgeable volunteers who are enthusiasts or retired from a career in a teaching or outdoor field. We offer opportunities to volunteer at Singing Creek during classes and at volunteer work party days, which may include set-up, clean-up, organizing, preparing materials, staffing the check-in table, etc.

AlbyWe can’t do this work without committed volunteers helping at our events and programs. You help us make a difference in the life of a child, and help us share a love of nature and history with families. Volunteer help means we can offer more programs at an affordable price so we can reach greater numbers of families.

We love seniors! Several of our volunteers are older folks with great stories and sometimes even heirlooms/artifacts  that they can bring to share with the children. Talk to us!

Singing Creek Educational Center is a nonprofit that seeks to inspire appreciation for local history through hands-on learning experiences. We are located at the historic Snapp House in Cottage Grove, in Prospector’s Park, where the historic swinging bridge over the Willamette River is being rebuilt. It should ready by Spring of 2020.

Want to help with a longer term position or an internship? We can talk with you about opportunities to serve for a longer term as those positions open up. Contact Karen for more information.


We are looking for connected community volunteers who are passionate about our mission to serve on our Board of Directors. If you live in the area and want to give your time and attention to helping us fulfill our mission, please talk to Karen. We can’t do it without you!

In-Kind Donations Needed

If you can’t donate money or your time, but still want to support our work, consider a gift of supplies or other help.


Printing of flyers
Small propane canisters
Pioneer clothing
Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels
Paper products: plates, cups, napkins, etc.
Art supplies
Beeswax for candles
Black ink for our quill pens
LED tea lights candles
Blank plastic yard signs
masking tape

Contact us to see if your items will be needed by us. Thank you!