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:

  -Crew Leader 

  -Neighborhood Coordinator 

  -Saturday Tree Planter

  -Tree Caller



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.

Training is free and no prior planting experience is necessary. Because of the nature of this role, we suggest volunteers be aged 16+.  

We are hosting multiple Crew Leader trainings this fall and registration is required.

**Click here to head to the Crew Leader Training Registration Form** 



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 and Clark County, WA
  • North Portland, NE Portland, SE Portland, East Portland 
  • Oregon City, 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, one-on-one training with our staff in summer or fall 2016 is required.

**Neighborhood Coorinator sign-up form**

 online Neighborhood Coordinator Training form, or contact our Volunteer & Outreach Program team through email at Volunteer@FriendsofTrees.org or by phone at 503-595-0213. 


Neighborhood Tree Caller

Our Tree Caller volunteers directly contribute to our tree-planting goals every season by calling our 'treecipients' to help them pick out new trees for their neighborhood tree planing. Callers gain perspective on how we are growning the urban forests of Portland and Vancouver, learn about the different types of trees available through the Friends of Trees' planting program, and help neighbors navigate our website and tree-ordering process.

This is a very social role, ideal for people with consistent and attentive phone skills and basic computer literacy. Tree Callers join us on Wednesday evenings after a brief one-time training on our program and ordering system.

We schedule trainings for this role frequently. Please let us know if you'd like to join us and we will send you more information!

Contact Randi at Randio@FriendsofTrees.Org to learn more about this role and to sign up for the next available training.

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!