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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Current Volunteer Roles:

- Summer Inspectors

- Saturday Tree Care

Wednesday Tree Care

- Tree Team Ambassador





Being a summer inspector gives you a chance to meet your neighbors and to help teach them how to best care for their trees during the critical first summer after planting.  And you can do this on your own schedule, in the sunshine.  Not a bad way to do some fun work! 

You're assigned a route of 30 trees and expected to walk, bike, drive, or skip your route twice over the course of the summer, taking notes on all your trees.

A Saturday morning training is required for this volunteer role.  You'll

receive expert instruction regarding tree care techniques from FOT staff and professional arborists.  The training is Saturday, May 9th, 9:00am - 12:30pm in N. Portland.  To register for this free training and learn more about this popular volunteer role, please REGISTER HERE and we'll be in touch with more information!


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Our most popular volunteer role is as a Saturday tree planter or tree care volunteer. Our events occur almost every Saturday from 9am-1pm and run October - April where you'd be able to simply show up 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 out 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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Unavailable on Saturdays and still want to plant and care for trees?  Or perhaps you're a die-hard tree planter and also want to do tree care on a weekday morning?  Then Wednesday Tree Care is for you!

We schedule a small handful of volunteers every Wednesday to plant trees at our natural area or neighborhood sites.  We ask you to meet us at 9:30am at our NE Portland office (3117 NE MLK Blvd).  You'll hop into one of our Friends of Trees trucks with a staff member and another volunteer or two, plant trees, and we'll have you back to the office by 1:00pm.

Sounds like fun?  Then let's get you signed up for the next available shift!  Please fill out our Current Needs form to let us know your interest and we'll get back in touch as soon as we're able!

Email Jenny & Randi at volunteer@friendsoftrees.orgfor more information about the role.

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Tree Team Ambassadors

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Tree Team Ambassadors help extend the voice of Friends of Trees by attending community outreach events. Ideal candidates are comfortable speaking in public, thrive in fast-paced, social environments and have a genuine interest starting tree-positive conversations with individuals and groups.

There are some key pieces of information that we feel all Tree Team Ambassadors need to succeed and a Thursday, June 4th evening training is required. Once trained, all Ambassadors receive our trademark "Tree Team" t-shirts and join the fun at summer outreach events on weekdays and weekends between the months of June -August.

If you'd like to learn more, and even sign up for this role, head on over to our Tree Team Abassador Registration Form to save your seat. Spaces are limited!



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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!