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!
Current Volunteer Roles:
Nearly every Satruday between October and April, Friends of Trees is out at one or more planting sites. We always need help planting trees; no experience needed! Simply show up, wear closed-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. We provide all the breakfast snacks/coffee, gloves, tools, and and expert planting guidance you need to have a great time!
Planting with Friends of Trees is a greay way to get outside, learn how to plant trees, meet people, fulfill service learning requirements, and help make your neighborhood or nearby natural area green and more healhty! We welcome individuals and groups! Check out our Online Planting Calendar to find an event that interests you!
With a group? Friends of Trees planting events are an excellent way for groups to learn team-buildning 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!
If you or anyone in your group is under 18 years old (and attending without your parent or gaurdian), we require you bring a signed copy of our Youth Waiver to the event.
If you have Friday mornings or afternoons available, we'd love to have your assistance preparing for our Saturday plantings. Typical activities include truck loading, off-site tree drops, tagging trees for pruning, assembling planting crew clipboards, and outdoors supplies prep.
This role is a great opportunity for anyone who has a window of time on Fridays, wants to support the work of Friends of Trees, and is open to working outdoors or indoors. Friday Loading is a social role with lots of task variety!
Let us know of your interest by filling out our Current Needs Form.
We periodically seek small groups (2-3 people) of volunteers to join us on Wednesday mornings to plant and care for trees at various sites across the Portland metro region. Planters join our friendly and knowledgeable staff to plant any trees and shrubs that, for some reason or another, didn't get planted on our Satruday events. Shifts start at our office, volunteers get to ride in a snazzy Friends of Trees vehicle to one or more planting sites, and return just after noon with the satisfaction of a job well done.
Typical volunteer tasks for a Wednesday morning range from planting large stock street and yard trees in residential areas, completing natural area plantings of bare root, live stake and containerized young native plants, and fun seasonal projects like last year's Christmas tree toss to improve salmonid habitat in the Columbia Slough!
Shifts are between 3-4 hours each. We ask that volunteers come prepared to work outside and get a little dirty. We provide gloves, tools, and guidance.
Let us know of your interest to be a Wednesday Planter by filling out our Current Needs Form.
Our neighborhood tree planting events have a lot of moving parts: trees, tools, homeowners, volunteers... and the list goes on! We've got a few special volunteer roles at the top of our wish-list this season:
Truck Drivers: Every planting crew needs one of these heros! Truck drivers help us get our trees and our tools from home to home on neighborhood planting day! Whether you just want to volunteer in your own neighborhood or at a planting each weekend, we'd love to have your help!
Check out the Truck Driver Volunteer Form to see a list of planting dates where we could use your help!
- Bike Planters: If two-wheeled planting is more your style, perhaps a little tree planting by bike is more up your alley! Bicycling crews transport all of the trees, tools and people to various homes in the neighborhood to plant trees that will ultimately absorb CO2 and mitigate stormwater runoff—as well as a host of intangible community benefits.
- Fill out our Bike Planter Volunteer Form to save your spot on a bike crew this season!
Meet your neighbors, make an impact and beautify our neighborhoods all at the same time. And you'll love the free coffee, breakfast treats and the potluck lunch at the end of the planting!
Questions about volunteering? Check out our Volunteer FAQs page. You can reach Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Randi Orth in the Volunteer & Outreach Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-595-0213. We're here to help make your volunteer experience a good one!