Friends of the Columbia Gorge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the spectacular lands of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area through advocacy, litigation, public outreach and recreation enhancement. In 2005, the organization created Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust, a 509(a)(3) support organization, to add land acquisition and land management to its conservation toolbox. Today, the land trust owns and manages over 1,400 acres of land, including two properties with trails open to the public.
Founded in 1980, Friends of the Columbia Gorge has over 8,000 members in Oregon, Washington and beyond, a staff of nineteen employees and offices in Portland and Hood River, OR and Washougal, WA. Friends is considered one of the best conservation non-profit organizations to work for in the Pacific Northwest and our average tenure per employee is over seven years. Staff appreciates the compelling mission as well as generous vacation time, holidays, health insurance coverage (98% of individual benefit covered and 50% coverage for spouses and dependents), short and long-term disability insurance and an employer-contributed retirement plan. The organization conducts day-long quarterly outings to Gorge sites to learn, enjoy and recharge.