Volunteer in the Portland Metro Area

Volunteer opportunities in Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Oregon; and in Clark County, Washington.

Planting season is in full swing and YOU can be a part of it!

Volunteer to plant trees or to help us in other ways in the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area. Take a look at the list below to see which role looks like a good fit for your interests. If you want to volunteer as a Saturday tree-planter and you’re not with a large group, visit our planting event calendar, find the location that works for you, and just show up, no registration necessary!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch: [email protected] • 503-595-0213

Friends of Trees volunteer roles
Saturday Tree Planters

Tree planters are our flagship volunteer role and help plant trees at weekend events October through April! We welcome people of all ages and abilities. No previous experience necessary. We provide gloves, tools and guidance … just dress appropriately for the weather, prepare to get a little dirty, and wear sturdy shoes or boots (knee-high rubber boots are ideal if you have them). We have multiple planting events almost every Saturday morning, usually 9:00am-1:00pm. Please check our Online Planting Calendar for all the details.

RSVPs kindly requested for groups of 5 people or more via our Group Registration Form. RSVPs are not required for individuals or groups of 4 or fewer—you may simply show up!

Bike Planters and Truck Drivers

Plant trees by bike! If you have a bike and/or a bike trailer, and are interested in planting neighborhood trees in this uniquely Northwest style, this role may be for you!  Please click on our Plant by Bike Form for more details on these Saturday morning events, and sign-up for any that look like a good fit for you!

Calling all trucks! Trees in our Neighborhood Trees Program need help to get to their new homes. Volunteers with pick-up trucks make this possible! Open-beds (no canopy) and trailers are preferred (our trees can be tall!). Volunteer truck drivers carry trees, tools and supplies on planting day to support a crew of planters at our Saturday morning events.  Sign-up for a shift on our Truck Driver Sign-up Form.

Fall Crew Leader Training

Do you want to teach others how to plant trees? Friends of Trees Crew Leaders are some of our most important volunteers because they teach volunteers from the public how to plant trees and work together as a team.  No experience planting trees?  No worries!  Crew Leaders attend either a Fall or Winter training to learn proper planting technique and hone their leadership skills working with the public at our planting events.

During planting season, each Crew Leader commits to guiding small groups of planters at 3-4 or more Saturday morning plantings. Each Crew Leader receives our popular “Tree Team” t-shirt and is invited to attend Friends of Trees leadership celebrations (with fun raffle prizes and giveaways).

Registration for our Fall trainings is now open!  REGISTER HERE for a training on either Saturday, October 27th, November 3rd, or November 10th  from 9am-4pm. 

Questions? Get in touch with our team at [email protected] // 503-595-0213

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Friends of Trees Events Calendar