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Thank you for your interest in joining the Friends of Trees Staff! We are proud to have been selected as one of the ‘100 Best Non-Profits to Work For’ and ‘100 Best Green Workplaces’ by the Oregon Business Journal for many years running!

Now Hiring: Friends of Trees Neighborhood Trees Specialist

Friends of Trees is hiring a Neighborhood Trees Specialist to join our team to implement community-based, neighborhood street tree planting projects in collaboration with volunteer Neighborhood Coordinators, Neighborhood Associations and other partner groups in accordance with the Friends of Trees’ mission.  Ideal candidates will be personable, creative and adaptable; have a background or interest in community tree planting and care; able to juggle multiple priorities at once; and have a desire to work with diverse communities and individuals of all backgrounds.

Friends of Trees is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our mission is to inspire community stewardship of our urban forest by bringing people together to plant, care for and learn about urban trees and natural areas.

Friends of Trees is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. We recognize that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees and healthy green spaces. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Required Qualifications:

  • Well organized with excellent time management skills
  • Excellent people, communication and customer service skills
  • Have a positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Able to think on their feet and be flexible and adaptable
  • Dedicated to working as part of team to meet goals and plan events
  • Have a desire to work both outdoors and in an office environment
  • Committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and expected to strengthen such capacity if hired
  • Have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
  • Able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly and do hard physical work outside in a variety of weather conditions


Desired Qualifications:

  • Skilled and experienced in collaboration and teamwork
  • Experienced in supervising others and working with a wide range of volunteers
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, ArcGIS, Salesforce and web-based databases
  • Knowledgeable about (interested in) tree id, planting, pruning and/or urban forestry
  • Able to speak a language other than English


Primary Staff Duties:

  • Initiates and oversees neighborhood street tree planting projects in the Portland-Vancouver metro area
  • Orients, trains and supervises volunteers
  • Works alongside volunteers to plant and care for trees
  • Provides excellent customer service to potential tree planters and volunteers via phone, email and in-person meetings
  • Coordinates and staffs outreach events to sign up tree purchasers and volunteers
  • Assists in training volunteers to do street tree health checkups and maintains data on survival rates
  • Supports watering, mulching and pruning during summer months
  • Works with databases and ecommerce systems to collect and follow up on tree ordering and volunteer roles
  • Supports team members on a daily basis as projects, work load, and timelines are constantly shifting
  • Participates in efforts to improve program and organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Attends staff meetings, retreats and other related work events
  • Other duties as assigned


Hours: ~40 hrs/week. Tuesday – Saturday during planting season (Nov-April); Monday – Friday rest of year. Fairly flexible within that framework, establishes schedule and makes changes known.

Office Location: 3117 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97212. Close to TriMet Bus #6, #4 and #44, and off-street bike parking area.

Compensation: This will be a salaried position of $32,000-$36,000 per year, eligible for full benefits package, including health and dental care; holiday, vacation and sick time.

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (limit 2 pages total) to Erica Timm, jobs@friendsoftrees.org by 5:00pm on Friday, December 28th, 2018. Please limit application to two pages. This position is open to internal and external candidates. Thank you so much for taking the time to prepare and submit your application.

Friends of Trees provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, age, disability or genetics.



Friends of Trees is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Friends of Trees is committed to equal opportunity for all persons including staff, volunteers, and clients served without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or familial status, family relationship, sexual orientation, gender identity, association with any other person in a protected class, veteran status, expunged juvenile record, source of income or any other classification protected by law.

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Friends of Trees invites you to join our team as one of our volunteer leaders. It’s a great way to help your community while you build your resume and network with like-minded people.

Read more about our volunteer leaders and other volunteer opportunities.