Columbia County

Columbia County is bordered on the east by the Columbia River, on the south by Multnomah County and Washington County, and on the west by Clatsop County. The southern County line is approximately 30 minutes from Portland, the largest metropolitan area in Oregon. The western County line is approximately 30 minutes from the Pacific coast.

The County's northern and eastern boundaries are outlined by 62 miles of Columbia River shoreline. Columbia County enjoys the longest stretch of the Columbia River in the State of Oregon. The Columbia River is a major route of ocean-going vessels and is a popular fishing ground, as well as a popular boating and windsurfing river.

Facts regarding the early history of Columbia County are few. It is known that a New England trading vessel, the Columbia Rediviva, commanded by Captain Robert Gray arrived in the summer of 1792 with the first Euro-Americans to see the County's timbered shoreline. In 1805, the explorers Lewis and Clark traveled and camped along the County's Columbia River shoreline.

Carved out of Washington County in 1854, its past was tied to commercial fishing, water transportation, and lumber. Industrialization has accelerated in recent years but timber, dairy, and horticulture remain important. Natural gas fields have been identified and are producing.

The County offers the only two marine parks in Oregon: Sand Island on the Columbia River and J.J. Collins Memorial Marine Park on the Multnomah Channel.

Jun 14, 2022
Full time
Columbia County 230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR, USA
Announcement # 2022-029 Closing Date : July 6, 2022 Salary : $4,987-$6,166 per month The  SOLID WASTE PROGRAM COORDINATOR  position is full-time, 40 hours, Civil Service, and Union represented. Columbia County  is looking for a creative, collaborative, and versatile coordinator to join our Waste Management team.  The Public Works Department oversees a wide range of tasks associated with the county's public infrastructure. Divisions within the department include Road Maintenance, Engineering, and Solid Waste Management. The Solid Waste Division plans, organizes, and directs the county's recycling, waste reduction, reuse, and household hazardous waste program. The Division also maintains, updates, and administers the county's 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan and its Solid Waste Ordinance. Solid waste collection franchises within the unincorporated area of the County are also overseen by the Division, which also operates the Columbia County Transfer...