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!
- Train as a Crew Leader this fall
Crew Leaders are one of our most important and popular volunteer positions -- they help teach other volunteers how to plant trees and work together as a team! Crew Leaders attend a required training to learn proper planting technique and how to guide volunteers during planting events. This is a hands-on role with lots of interaction with community members!
During our planting season, each Crew Leader commits to guiding small groups of planters at four or more Saturday morning plantings.
We have two upcoming Crew Leader traingins for the Portland Metro area: Green Space Program on Saturday, Oct. 31st and Neighborhood Trees Program on Thurs evening, Nov. 12th. Each training is free of charge, includes food, and one of our coveted "tree-team" tshirts. To learn more and register for a training, click HERE.
Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs) are Friends of Trees liaisons in their neighborhood, encouraging neighbors to plant tree along their street or yard and helping plan the tree planting event in their area.
NCs typically volunteer ~10 hrs for 4-6 months in advance of their neighborhood's planting event. Because of their increible commitment and community connections, this is one of our most important roles in making our community tree planting events across Portland, Vancouver and Salem a reality. They work as a team with our staff and other nearby NCs in their area!
You may read more about Neighborhood Coordinating in this recent blog post.
If you are interested in stepping into this crucial role, please let us know by using our Neighborhood Coordinator training form. Once this form is submitted, our staff will be in touch.
Are you an ace customer service representative? Feel pretty confident about your consistent and attentive phone skills? Perhaps you are a natural born Tree Caller and you didn't even know it!
Tree Callers join us on Wednesday evenings to call homeowners who are interested in getting trees with
Friends of Trees. Callers help us connect with residents who simply need a little help choosing their perfect trees. This role excels with volunteers who are not shy of phones and can confidently navigate our online ordering system after a thorough training. We schedule trainings for new Tree Callers every two weeks!
If this is the role for you - we'd love to hear from you! You may be in touch with Randi or Jenny in the Volunteer & Outreach Program anytime at 503-595-0213 or head over to our Current Needs volunteer form and select "Wednesday Tree Callers".
Our neighborhood tree planting events have a lot of moving parts: trees, tools, homeowners, volunteers... and the list goes on! We've got a few special volunteer roles at the top of our wish-list this season:
Truck Drivers: Every planting crew needs one of these heros! Truck drivers help us get our trees and our tools from home to home on neighborhood planting day! Whether you just want to volunteer in your own neighborhood or at a planting each weekend, we'd love to have your help!
Check out the Truck Driver Volunteer Form to see a list of planting dates where we could use your help!
- Bike Planters: If two-wheeled planting is more your style, perhaps a little tree planting by bike is more up your alley! Bicycling crews transport all of the trees, tools and people to various homes in the neighborhood to plant trees that will ultimately absorb CO2 and mitigate stormwater runoff—as well as a host of intangible community benefits.
- Fill out our Bike Planter Volunteer Form to save your spot on a bike crew this season!
Meet your neighbors, make an impact and beautify our neighborhoods all at the same time. And you'll love the free coffee, breakfast treats and the potluck lunch at the end of the planting!
Questions about volunteering? Check out our Volunteer FAQs page. You can reach Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Randi Orth in the Volunteer & Outreach Program at email@example.com or 503-595-0213. We're here to help make your volunteer experience a good one!