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!


IMG 0585 Current Volunteer Roles:

-Join us for Saturday Planting and Tree Care

-Summer Tree Heath Inspecting

-Tree Team Ambassador





Saturday Planting and Tree Care

Nearly every Satruday between October-May, Friends of Trees is out at one or more planting and tree care sites. We always need help!and no experience is needed! Simply show up, wear closed-toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing.  We provide all the breakfast snacks/coffee, gloves, tools, and and expert activity 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! Tree care events are less rigorous and great for young people and large groups with most activities cetering around pulling ivy and spreading mulch. 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 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.

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Summer Inspectors (Portland metro area)

Friends of Trees planted 3,300 street and yard trees last winter throughout, Portland, Vancouver, Salem, and Oregon City as a part of our Neighborhood Trees Program. Every single one of these trees needs to be inspected for health during its first season in the ground.

Summer Inspector volunteers attend a training in May to learn how to assess the health of young street and yard trees, in addition to giving homeowners watering and mulching tips to increase the survival rate of their trees. Inspectors meet their neighbors, get to know new trees in their area, and teach their community how to better care for trees.

Expectations: Volunteers must check on their assigned ~25 trees twice during the summer. Time commitment is between 6-8 hours after training. To read more about this role, or sign up for a training, click here to visit our Summer Inspector Registration form.

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 Tree Team Ambassador (Spring & summer events)

Join Friends of Trees as we hit the spring and summer event circuits to excite, energize, and educate the local community about our mission to bring communities together while broadening our city tree canopy and restoring local green spaces.


This role is ideal for outgoing, talkative tree-friends who are able to attend 2-4 events with us throughout spring and summer. You don't have to know a lot about trees (we'll train you!), you simply need to be willing to learn and have fun with us all over the city at summer events!

We are hosting a training for this role on Thursday, June 2nd from 6-8pm in NE Portland. To learn more about this role and sign up to attend trianing, visit the Tree Team Ambassador Registration page blick clicking here.

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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!