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Planting season 17-18 is in full swing and we need your help! Recruitment is now open for multiple volunteer roles -- please take a look at the list below to see which role looks like a good fit for your interests.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch!






Saturday Planting Volunteers

Bike Planters and Truck Drivers

Winter Crew Leader Training

- Tree Callers


Saturday morning Tree Plantings

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!

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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!  

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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.

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Winter 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 winter training is now open!  REGISTER HERE for this event on Sat, Jan 27th, 9am-3pm in Tualatin, OR

Questions? Get in touch with our team at volunteeer@friendsoftreesorg // 503-595-0213

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Tree Caller

Join us on Wednesday evenings starting mid-August from 6-8pm to grow greener neighborhoods by calling our ‘treecipients’ and helping them pick out new trees for their neighborhood tree planting. You’ll learn about the different types of trees Friends of Trees plants, and how to help neighbors navigate the FOT website and tree ordering process.

This is a very social volunteer role, great for someone interested in refining their phone calling and customer service skills.

A short orientation is required.  And you’ll be asked to commit to at least three Wednesday evenings at our office at 3117 NE MLK Blvd in NE Portland (map). Total time commitment is about 7-10 hours; this is an ongoing role through February.

Contact Pablo at pablob@friendsoftrees.org // 503-467-2527 for more information or to sign-up for an orientation!

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Questions about volunteering? Check out our Volunteer FAQs page. You can also reach Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Pablo Brito in the Volunteer & Outreach Program at Volunteer@FriendsofTrees.org or 503-595-0213. We're here to help make your volunteer experience a good one!