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!


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   Volunteer Roles:

   -Beer Pourer (yes, you read that right)

   -Neighborhood Coordinator  

   -Crew Leader

  -Saturday Tree Planter



Beer Pouring on Saturday, July 2nd

Friends of Trees is a beneficiary of this year's Portland Craft Beer Festival, held July 1st-3rd at The Fields Park in NW Portland. Would you consider volunteering to pour beer at this fun event with us?

Volunteers must be 21+ and able to commit to a volunteer shift from 12:00pm - 3:30pm on Saturday, July 2nd.  To learn more and save yourself a spot for this popular role, register HERE.

In return for volunteering you'll:

- receive a PCBF shirt, which will have FOT's logo on it,
- receive a free entry and mug,
- receive 10 complimentary drink tickets that can be used Saturday (after your shift) or Sunday,
- get to hang out and pour beer alongside other FOT volunteers and staff,
- and receive our everlasting thanks for being a critical part of this fundraiser!

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Neighborhood Coordinator

Neighborhood Coordinators are critical to the mission and success of Friends of Trees!

Neighborhood Coordinators work closely with each other and with FOT staff to help their neighbors select and plant trees.  They develop outreach strategies for the neighborhood and organize planting day logistics.  We're currently seeking Neighborhood Coordinators in most neighborhoods in:

  • Vancouver, WA
  • North Portland, NE Portland, SE Portland, East Portland
  • Oregon City, OR
  • Salem, OR

This role involves anywhere from one to several hours/month (we're flexible working with your schedule!) for 4-6 months before your neighborhood planting.  The most important piece of the equation is being excited to work with your neighbors, plant more trees in your neighborhood -- and, of course -- have fun while doing it!

A short training in Summer or Fall 2016 is required.  If you're interested in learning more about this role or signing-up for your neighborhood, please contact Volunteer@FriendsofTrees.org or 503-595-0213.


Crew Leader

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Crew Leaders are some of our most important volunteers because they teach other volunteers how to plant trees and work together as a team.  Crew Leaders attend a training in October or November to learn proper planting technique and how to guide volunteers during planting events.

During our planting season, each crew leader commits to guiding small groups of planters at four or more Saturday morning plantings. Each Crew Leader receives our popular "Tree Team" t-shirt and in invited to attend Friends of Trees leadership celebrations.

If you're interested in being emailed when our Fall trainings open for registration, please contact Volunteer@FriendsofTrees.org or 503-595-0213.


Saturday Tree Planter

Nearly every Saturday between October-May, Friends of Trees is out at one or more planting sites across the greater Portland Metro region. We always need help and no experience is needed! Simply show up wearing closed-toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing -- and we'll take care of the rest!  We provide breakfast snacks/coffee, gloves, tools, and expert activity guidance.


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 Event Calendar to find an event that interests you!

With a group? Friends of Trees planting events are an excellent way for groups to boost 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!  Individuals or groups smaller than 5 people are welcome to simply show up.

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.


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