It’s hiring season! Friends of Trees seeks a Development Specialist



Friends of Trees seeks a Development Specialist to help achieve our mission of bringing people together to plant and care for trees in neighborhoods and natural areas.

Individual donors, businesses, and support from other community members are key to fulfilling our mission. Our Development Specialist is an integral member of the three-person Development & Communications Program, providing administrative support to the program, including data entry and reporting; gift acknowledgement; donor communications; some community outreach and donor relations; and other duties as assigned. This person will occasionally work outside of normal working hours and may work a flexible schedule for special events.

POSITION TITLE: Development Specialist

SUPERVISED BY: Development and Communications Director


PAY RANGE:  $38,000 – $41,000 annually

BENEFITS: Full benefits package includes fully paid health, vision and dental. Exceptional holiday, vacation and sick time.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, non-exempt from overtime. Full-Time.

LOCATION: Portland, Oregon office. Stairs are required to access the office. While COVID regulations are in effect, this position will primarily work remotely, with weekly visits to the office (the office building follows COVID safety protocols and is minimally occupied).

This position is open until filled; interviews will begin on September 30. Application instructions are below the job description.

Friends of Trees inspires people to improve the natural world around them through a simple solution: Planting trees. Together.

Friends of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers at more than 100 community tree planting and tree care events every season. Founded in 1989, Friends of Trees is in its 32nd season of organizing community tree planting and tree care events in the Portland and Eugene Metro areas.  For more information, please visit

Friends of Trees recognizes that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees and healthy urban green spaces based on racial and socioeconomic status, and we are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Database lead: Organizational Salesforce (CRM database) expert and serve as go-to person for custom reports; trouble-shooting and problem-solving; customizations; data clean up and maintenance.
  • Design email and templates for public communications and campaigns.
  • Create and manage year end fundraising calendar.
  • Process, code, enter, track, and file all of the organization’s donations with precision, ensuring database integrity and accurate, reliable reports
  • Create, process and file all donor acknowledgement letters in a timely manner.
  • Work with members of the Finance Department to ensure monthly and yearly reconciliation between fundraising and accounting databases.
  • Assist in planning and executing fundraising events. Attend other organizational events as necessary, including some Saturday tree planting events.
  • Support efforts in appeal letter mailings through vendor coordination, list generation.
  • Track and order office supplies, other materials as necessary.
  • Assist other program staff with scheduling, meetings, events as necessary and as schedule permits.
  • Manage Gift Tree program, through scheduling plantings in collaboration with the Green Space Program, send planting event information to Gift Tree donors, engage in other communications with Gift Tree donors about program elements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least 1-2 years of similar administrative support responsibilities, preferably in a nonprofit setting. Special consideration given to candidates with Salesforce experience.
  • Experience working in a professional setting.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and projects.
  • Proficiency with basic software programs, including Microsoft Office, strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and to take initiative while working collaboratively as part of a team.
  • A positive, flexible attitude and a sense of humor.
  • Passion for FOT’s mission and support of organization’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion values.


  • Basic graphic design experience with Adobe Suite.
  • Experience with donor communications
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to with Development Specialist in the subject line.

This position is open until filled; interviews will begin on September 30.

Friend 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 seeking its next Executive Director

We are currently searching for our next Executive Director.

This person brings experience with nonprofit management, volunteer management, fundraising and business development and a passion for authentic community engagement together with a belief in planting trees as a way to build community, address socio-economic differences, and improve our environment.

The Executive Director works with a staff of 27 in Portland and Eugene including 4 direct reports. They report to an active board of directors and engage with the community on a daily basis.

The Friends of Trees team is seeking an Executive Director to help build a stronger equity lens and develop a revenue sustainability model that allows Friends of Trees to continue its efforts greening neighborhoods and restoring natural areas through community tree planting events.

A complete job description and an application portal is here, this position closes on October 9.

Adult Urban Forestry Program provides interns with skills & experience

At Friends of Trees, we are committed to doing everything we can to help our community gain access to the benefits of trees. We are also committed to making our green workforce accessible to all groups of people through the Adult Urban Forestry Training & Internship Program.

As first shared in our November 2018 edition of Treemail, the UF Training Program, funded by the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, is a 12 week paid training program focusing on urban forestry and restoration topics. Program participants were selected by local Community Benefit Organizations (APANOPOIC,Verde, and Wisdom of the Elders) that are also Friends of Trees partners. Program participants attended weekly training sessions focusing on landscape design, tree identification, tree maintenance, ecological site design, environmental justice, and careers in urban forestry.

We are now in the first full year of the UF Training Program. The 10-week training program was completed in the fall, followed by the coordination of internships at host sites for program participants. The goal of the entire program is to help people who are interested in the urban forestry and restoration fields gain meaningful work experience and exposure to the field so they can pursue higher education opportunities and higher-level jobs.

We are almost complete with the internship portion of the program, with interns working at varying sites in Portland, Beaverton, and Vancouver, including Honl Tree Care, Portland Parks and Recreation, Verde, and Friends of Trees. Two of our interns, Bruce and David, have been interning with the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry program; their internship supervisor, Jessica George, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Vancouver’s UF Program, shares how valuable Bruce and David were to the Urban Forestry team this winter and spring:

“We truly enjoyed hosting two spectacular interns through Friends of Trees,” shares Jessica. “David and Bruce were dedicated to getting the job done–and done to an impeccable standard. David and Bruce supported winter planting projects, pruning and mulching young trees in parks and along streets, and they installed plaques on the new Heritage Trees. Along the way they interacted with other City staff, community members, and dedicated volunteers, while representing Wisdom of the Elders, Friends of Trees, and the City of Vancouver seamlessly. We appreciate their work ethic and that they were open and willing to learn and support Urban Forestry.”

The interns also get a lot out of the experience. Many participants had some exposure to the urban forestry field but hadn’t received upper level mentorship or hadn’t been exposed to the different levels of work involved. When asked about their experience working with Vancouver Urban Forestry, both Bruce and David highlighted the community-building aspect of urban forestry and tree planting:

“It was great to work with that spectrum of the field, with the Urban Forestry department specifically. I never realized it was more than just trees and plants, but it’s also people. The bond that the City builds with residents is really awesome.” –Bruce, UF Intern

David echoed the same sentiments when describing his experience, “My experience was really great. The thing I liked about it was the work we did with the community at planting events. Vancouver UF works with different people and communities and when we plant new trees, it is at community-based events so we can make a bond with the people we work with.”

We are grateful for community members like Bruce and David who are so passionate about making our environment a better place, and for partners like Vancouver Urban Forestry who help make that possible. We look forward to sharing more about this program as is continues and grows, stay tuned!

Picture above, in front, UF Program Intern David at a recent Vancouver planting event with happy tree recipients.

This is an article from the April 2019 edition of our e-news, Treemail. Check out that issue, and others, here.

We’re hiring!

Love trees? Looking for meaningful work in a supportive, fun work environment? Then check out our opening for a Neighborhood Trees Specialist.

Neighborhood Trees Specialists 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.

Interested? Details here.