Volunteer with us!
Friends of Trees welcomes volunteers all year, in all parts of our work, from planning to planting. Find a role that suits you best. We look forward to working with you!
Nearly every Saturday between October-May, Friends of Trees is out at one or more planting sites across the greater Portland Metro region. We always need help and no experience is needed! Simply show up wearing closed-toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing -- and we'll take care of the rest! We provide breakfast snacks/coffee, gloves, tools, and expert activity guidance.
April - May, Saturday work parties focus on mulching and removing invasive species from recently planted trees and shrubs. These activites are crucial for the success of these young 'baby' trees and shrubs. These events are a great way to get outside, learn how to care for trees, meet people, fulfill service learning requirements, and contribute to bringing the benefits of trees to everyone! We welcome individuals and groups. Check out our Online Event Calendar to find an event that interests you!
With a group? Friends of Trees planting events are an excellent way for groups to boost team-building skills, have fun together, and give back to the community. We request that groups of 5 or more people pre-register. Please click here to register your group! Individuals or groups smaller than 5 people are welcome to simply show up.
If any volunteer is under 18 years old (and volunteering without a parent or guardian), we require they bring a signed copy of our Youth Waiver to the event.
Being a Summer Inspector gives you the opportunity to meet your neighbors and help teach them how to best care for their trees during the first critical summer after planting. This role can be done on your own schedule and is a great way to enjoy some sunshine -- not a bad way to do some good work! You'll receive your own route of 20-30 trees to inspect twice over the course of the summer months. Whether you walk, bike, skip, or drive your route -- it's up to you! Please note: all inspection routes are located in Vancouver, WA; N, NE, SE, or E Portland; and Oregon City, OR.
A Saturday morning training is required for this popular volunteer role. At the training, you'll receive expert instruction on tree care techniques from FOT staff and professional arborists. There will be two training sessions: Saturday, May 6th in NE Portland and Saturday, May 20th in Vancouver, WA, both 9:00am - 12:30pm.
Join Friends of Trees as we hit the Summer and Fall event circuits to excite, energize, and educate the local community about our mission to bring communities together while broadening our city tree canopy and restoring local green spaces.
This role is ideal for outgoing, talkative tree-friends who are able to attend 2-4 events with us throughout Summer and Fall. You don't have to know a lot about trees (we'll train you!), you simply need to be willing to learn and have fun with us all over the city at summer events!
The training date for this role will be held in mid-June, details TBA. To express your interest in this role, please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Team: email@example.com // 503-595-0213.
Questions about volunteering? Check out our Volunteer FAQs page. You can reach Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Pablo Brito in the Volunteer & Outreach Program at Volunteer@FriendsofTrees.org or 503-595-0213. We're here to help make your volunteer experience a good one!