Volunteer with us!


Friends of Trees welcomes volunteers all year, in all parts of our work, from planning to planting (planting schedule available HERE). Find a role that suits you best! We look forward to working with you!



 Current Volunteer Roles:

Crew Leaders

Neighborhood Coordinators

Call Stars






CREW LEADER TRAININGS -- registration open!



Registration is now open for one of our most popular and critical volunteer roles. Crew Leaders are integral to our planting events as they teach our volunteers how to plant trees and work together as a team. Crew Leaders attend a November training to learn how to plant trees and how to guide small groups of volunteers.

Crew Leaders commit to guiding small volunteer groups at four Saturday morning events throughout the planting season in one of two programs:

  • Neighborhood Trees Crew Leaders plant large street and yard trees in Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton and Salem neighborhoods.

  • Green Space Initiative Crew Leaders plant small native trees and shrubs in natural areas and green spaces throughout the Portland metro region to restore native habitat and improve watershed health.

Each Crew Leader receives the coveted Tree Team t-shirt and is invited to attend FOT leadership celebrations. Being a Crew Leader is a way to give back to your community and make new connections - all while having fun! You'll be hard-pressed to find a warmer way to spend the winter! Let's get started doing great work together!

REGISTER HERE - to pick your program and training date!

Ready to dig in? Email Jenny & Ian at volunteer@friendsoftrees.org for more information.


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Neighborhood Coordinators - help organize a planting!


Looking for a good way to get connected with your community? Bolster that resume? Make a difference in your neighborhood? Or maybe you just want to snag one of our coveted Tree Team t-shirts?

The Neighborhood Coordinator role is a great way to learn about trees and meet more of your neighbors -- all while making a big impact in your immediate neighborhood. NC's are the local neighborhood hub of information for their neighbors who want to plant trees – and the volunteers who want to help plant them! They encourage their neighbors to plant trees, help them select the right tree for their space, and then help FOT staff manage the neighborhood planting day.

To register for a training – please fill out this form – and we'll match you up with a FOT staff member for a quick orientation to the role! 

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Planting trees by phone - Be a Call Star!


Help grow greener neighborhoods by calling our ‘treecipients’ to help them pick out new trees for their neighborhood tree planting. You’ll learn about the different types of trees available through FOT planting programs, and how to help neighbors navigate the FOT website and tree ordering process.

This is a very social volunteer role, great for someone interested in refining their phone calling and customer service skills. Read more about the role here.

A short training is required -- and you’ll be asked to commit to at least three Wednesday evenings at our office at 3117 NE MLK Blvd in NE Portland. Total time commitment is about 7-10 hours, but this is an ongoing role through March.

Email Jenny & Ian at volunteer@friendsoftrees.org to sign up for a training, or for more information about the role.


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Questions about volunteering? Check out our Volunteer FAQs page. You can reach Jenny Bedell-Stiles and Ian Bonham 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!