Planting Crew Leader

If you are looking for a way to combat climate change and create a more equitable community, you should train to be a Friends of Trees Crew Leader!

If you want to lead the public to plant trees in low-canopy parks and neighborhoods, you should be a Friends of Trees Crew Leader!

If you want to make a lasting, positive change in a fun and physical(ly-distanced) way and like working outdoors, then we want you to become a Friends of Trees Crew Leader!  

Thank you for your interest in Crew Leader trainings!  These trainings have passed for the 22-23 planting season.

To be added to the list for Fall 2023 email: [email protected]

“Do I need to have planted a tree before?” Nope. You also don’t need outdoor experience, or any fancy gear. You simply need an interest in trees and enthusiasm in helping mentor others to plant them. FOT staff, arborists, and already trained Crew Leaders will teach you everything else you need to know!

“Where do Crew Leaders volunteer?” Crew Leaders are particularly needed in Vancouver, Washington County, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Wilsonville, and Salem — these are the areas where we have the most planting events scheduled in the upcoming Oct ’22-May ’23 season. If you’re willing to travel to these areas, that counts too! We’ll be planting at other locations in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties as well, but have fewer events.

“What is the time commitment for this role?” In total, you are expected to commit ~20 hours (this includes an online training + 4 planting events, ~4 hrs each). The planting events are mostly on Saturday mornings and you’ll have dozens to choose from October-May.  We’ll send you a list of events you’re qualified for after you complete the online training.

Do you have any age requirements?” We ask that Crew Leaders are age 16 or older. Youth 15 and younger are welcome to become Crew Leaders but we ask that they have an adult with them for all 4+ of their events.

“What about event safety/Covid-19?” Safety is our highest priority at Friends of Trees. All people at events are required to cancel if they feel unwell or have been exposed to someone Covid-19 positive within 3 days of the event.  For our safety recommendations and more commonly asked questions, please refer to the Volunteer FAQ webpage.