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:

Saturday Tree Planters

- Truck Drivers & Bike Planters

Crew Leaders

Wednesday Call Stars







Our most popular volunteer role is as a Saturday tree planter. Our events occur almost every Saturday from 9am-1pm and run October - April where you'd be able to simply show up and plant or care for trees. We provide coffee and breakfast treats, as well as gloves, tools and trained volunteer guidance.

No experience is necessary and all we ask is that volunteers show up in a timely fashion dress appropriately for the weather. Check out our online calendar for more details and come on out to plant trees and have fun with us!

Bring your family, scout group, or coworker group! We just ask that you fill out this Group Registration Form.

Questions about volunteering with Friends of Trees? Check out our Volunteer FAQs page.


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Our neighborhood tree planting events have a lot of moving parts: trees, tools, homeowners, volunteers... the list goes on! We've got a few special volunteer roles at the top of our neighborhood planting 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!

  • bikeplanterBike 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!

Let us know which role works best for you. 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!


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Coming in January!


winter-cl-trainingRegister Here to train for one of our most popular and critical volunteer roles. Crew Leaders are integral to our planting events as they teach our volunteers how to plant trees and work together as a team.

Green Space Initiative Crew Leaders guide volunteer groups at Saturday morning events where volunteers plant small native trees and shrubs in natural areas and green spaces throughout the Portland metro region to restore native habitat and improve watershed health.

Each Crew Leader receives the coveted Tree Team t-shirt and is invited to attend FOT leadership celebrations. Being a Crew Leader is a way to give back to your community and make new connections - all while having fun! You'll be hard-pressed to find a warmer way to spend the winter! Let's get started doing great work together!

Ready to dig in? Email Jenny & Ian at volunteer@friendsoftrees.org for more information.


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Wednesday Call Stars!


http://friendsoftrees.org/volunteering/how-can-you-helpJoin us on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm to help grow greener neighborhoods by calling our ‘treecipients’ to help them pick out new trees for their neighborhood tree planting. You’ll learn about the different types of trees available through FOT planting programs, 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. Read more about the role here.

A short training is required: Sign up here. And you’ll be asked to commit to at least three Wednesday evenings at our office at 3117 NE MLK Blvd in NE Portland. Total time commitment is about 7-10 hours; this is an ongoing role through March.

Email Jenny & Ian at volunteer@friendsoftrees.org for more information about the role.


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Questions about volunteering? Check out our Volunteer FAQs page. You can reach Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Ian Bonham 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!