Volunteer Opportunities

Applications for 2016 volunteer positions now closed - check back July 2016

Become a Mediator

The Dispute Resolution Center brings on new mediators on an annual basis. Mediation training is free for individuals who agree to volunteer with the Dispute Resolution Center for a minimum of one year for approximately 2–3 hours per week. Participation may include:
  • Case intake
  • Case management
  • Group facilitation
  • Outreach to the community
  • Program development
  • Table mediation


For the 2016 training, we are looking for applicants with a strong interest in conflict resolution. Previous mediation training is not required but preference will be given to applicants with experience with conflict resolution, communication, social work, or other related field. Most importantly, we look for volunteers with strong listening skills, openness to coaching, and empathy for others.


There are a limited number of positions available, so admission to the training is competitive. We bring on new mediators on an annual basis; applications will be accepted until October 30th. The application window is closed. If you are interested in finding out more information about becoming a volunteer mediator please contact the center at (503) 526-2523.

Mediation Training

Mediation training will cover all aspects of the mediation process. Topics include but are not limited to, structure of mediation, agenda building, advanced listening and questioning techniques, breaking impasses, and ethical considerations. In addition, volunteers will learn about the Dispute Resolution Center case management, intercultural conflict resolution, conflict coaching, and conciliation.

2016 DRC Volunteer Mediator Training Dates

Mediation Training
January 29, 30, February 5, 6

Conflict Coaching
February 12

Case Management
February 13