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!
Current Volunteer Roles:
- 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 one upcoming Crew Leader traingin for the Portland Metro area: Green Space Program on Saturday, Jan 30th. 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.
Nearly every Satruday between October and April, Friends of Trees is out at one or more planting sites. We always need help planting trees and the best part is that you don't need any experience! Simply show up on time, wearing closed toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing and we've got all the food, gloves, tools, and planting 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! We welcome individuals and groups! Check out our Online Planting Calendar to find an event that interests you!
Got a group in mind? Friends of Trees planting events are excellent ways for groups to learn team-buildning skills, have fun together, and give back to the community. We request that groupsof 5 or more people pre-register for their intended event. 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), please bring a signed copy of our Youth Waiver with you to the event.
Friends of Trees hosts multiple tree planting & tree care events on Saturdays between the months of Oct-April! If you have Friday mornings or afternoons available, we'd love to have your assistance and we prepare for these events. Typical activities include truck loading, off-site tree drops, tagging trees for pruning, assembling planting crew clipboards, and outside supplies prep. Shifts are between 2-3 hours each.
This role is a great opportunity for students seeking service hours and anyone who has a window of time on Fridays and wants to support the work of Friends of Trees without getting too muddy. Friday Loading is a social role with lots of variety. Let us know of your interest by filling out our Current Needs Form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-595-0213. We're here to help make your volunteer experience a good one!