NOW HIRING: Neighborhood Trees Field Technician 

Friends of Trees seeks a Field Technician to perform site preparation tasks in advance of tree planting events, primarily by digging holes on public and private properties. The Field Technician will operate a company vehicle and independently prepare sites for tree planting throughout the City of Portland, City of Vancouver, and City of Oregon City. This employee will represent Friends of Trees, interact with property owners at the door on a frequent basis, and will communicate often with Friends of Trees project managers to relay information from the field.

This seasonal, part-time position is on-call and will be contacted to work on an as-needed basis for a maximum of 29 hours per week, November through April. Strong candidates will have flexible schedules, daytime availability during the week.

Friends of Trees is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our mission is to inspire community stewardship of our urban forest by bringing people together to plant, care for and learn about urban trees and natural areas.

Friends of Trees is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. We recognize that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees and healthy green spaces. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Desired qualifications:
• A strong work ethic and the ability to work independently.
• A valid driver’s license with good driving record.
• Ability to lift 50+ lbs repeatedly.
• Ability to do physical labor outside in winter weather conditions.
• Ability to maintain accurate field data.
• Excellent scheduling and communication skills.
• Ability to work on an on-call, as-needed basis.
• Well organized with excellent time management skills.
• Positive, flexible attitude and a good sense of humor.
• Strong map reading and navigation skills.
• Experience with customer service.
• Knowledge of or interest in trees, gardening, or landscaping is helpful.

Planting & maintenance tasks:
• Dig holes in advance of volunteer tree planting events.
• Use hand tools such as shovels, rakes, hand pruners, pick axe, etc.
• Mulch and maintain trees.
• Operate a company vehicle to navigate to multiple project sites daily.
• Support planting events as needed by working with volunteers to plant trees.

General staff duties:
• Maintain tools and equipment.
• Submit accurate record of time to supervisors.
• Help keep tools, tool room, and work vehicles clean and in good condition.
• And other duties as assigned.

Schedule: On call 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday, some Saturdays. Maximum of 29 hours per week.

Office Location: 3117 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97212. Close to TriMet Bus #6, and off-street bike parking area.

Compensation: $16 / hourly, not eligible for benefits

To Apply: Please submit a completed application form, or a cover letter & resume to Erica Timm at (no more than two pages total) by Friday, October 20th. Thank you so much for taking the time to prepare and submit your application.



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Volunteer Positions

Friends of Trees invites you to join our team as one of our volunteer leaders. It's a great way to help your community while you build your resume and network with like-minded people.

Read more about our volunteer leaders and other volunteer opportunities.


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Friends of Trees is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Friends of Trees is committed to equal opportunity for all persons including staff, volunteers, and clients served without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or familial status, family relationship, sexual orientation, gender identity, association with any other person in a protected class, veteran status, expunged juvenile record, source of income or any other classification protected by law.