Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) organization that helps watershed residents work together to improve the health of the Coos watershed. These efforts are rooted in science and driven by the belief that balance between economic and environmental interests is possible.

What We Do

The Coos Watershed Association creates a local, non-governmental network and funding resource so that landowners can easily communicate their issues and opportunities, and explore ideas and techniques for land management and watershed health.

What You Can Do

The Coos Watershed Association accepts donations in multiple forms. You can even donate your time! Every donation you make, big or small, strengthens our watershed by supporting community based education, monitoring, and restoration efforts.


We are hiring an Administrative Assistant to help ensure the office and financial systems at CoosWA are functioning effectively. A core role of this position is to assist the Finance Manager with bookkeeping activities and maintaining financial controls and grant management systems. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join the behind-the-scenes part of CoosWA that keeps all the other parts running smoothly! Application Deadline: June 12, 2024 by 2pm.

We are hiring two Restoration Monitoring Technicians for the summer months! The Restoration Monitoring Technician II will help lead our juvenile salmonid surveys, which includes collecting site GPS/metadata, seining, counting, and tagging fish in key stream reaches within our watershed. The Assistant Monitoring Technician will assist the Fish Monitoring Specialist in conducting aquatic inventories habitat (AQI) surveys, which includes measuring, quantifying, and recording stream habitat characteristics. Anticipated employment window for both Monitoring Technician positions is June 17 - September 15, 2024.

Application Deadline: June 9, 2024. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


For more info on all of these positions, visit our employment page:

One of the most fun things we do each year is reflect back on the previous calendar year, go through all our photos, and pull out the best stories and snapshots to put into our annual report. We had a great year in 2023 and are excited to share our highlights with you! We could not do any of this work without our strong partnerships, so thank you for supporting us in whatever way you have been doing so. We'd love to hear what you think!

We're turning 30 this year!

Save the date for our birthday bash, which will be special this year because we're turning 30! If you'd like to be an event sponsor or donate auction items, see below!

We've moved!

As of 11/21/23, our new address is 381 N 2nd in Coos Bay! Our entrance and parking lot are on 3rd St. Our mailing address hasn't changed (PO Box 388, Coos Bay).

Volunteer Opportunity: Native Plant Nursery Days in 2024

Join us for the next wave of volunteer days at our nursery!
We will be offering two volunteer days a month at our native plant nursery on the First Saturday and Third Thursday. The nursery is in the middle of a wetland preserve, so in addition to helping out with plant projects, you will also have the opportunity to watch birds and other wildlife. It is a magical place that we would love to share with YOU!
Where: Off of Catching Slough; exact location and directions will be provided upon sign-up.
Sign up (required): Contact Kara Klietz at or call 541-888-5922 Ext. 311. Feel free to email or call us with questions.
More info: To learn more about the Matson Creek Wetland Preserve and the role of native plants in watershed health, visit

Apply for a Coho Life Cycle Monitoring Internship!

We are seeking interns to help with our Coho Life Cycle Monitoring program. Must have a flexible schedules with 1-2 free days per week and reliable transportation. For more info, visit

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