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!
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+.
Our next Crew Leader training is Saturday, January 28th, 9am-3pm in Tualatin, Oregon. This training is for our Green Space planting program, which is focused on watershed restoration and planting native trees and shrubs. The training is free and space is limited -- save your spot today!
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 contribute to bringing the benefits of trees to everyone! 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-building 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 any volunteer is under 18 years old (and volunteering without a parent or guardian), we require they bring a signed copy of our Youth Waiver to the event.
Join us on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm to help grow green neighborhoors by calling our "treecipients" to help them pick out new trees for their parking strips and yards. You'll learn about the different types of trees available through Friends of Trees, gain insight into locan urb forestry practices, and how to help customers naviate the Friends of Trees website and tree-ordering process.
This is a very social volunteer role, great for someone who is comfortable using phones, with a warm and friendly customer service style. Our staff will train you on our online tree-ordering system and the various tree species available to residents. No previous tree experience is necessary - just a willingness to learn!
Contact Randi, firstname.lastname@example.org, if this evening volunteer role sounds like a good fit for you!
Every weekend, Friends of Trees hosts 2-5 planting events across the Portland metro region, enlisting the support of hundreds of volunteers and planting hundreds, if not thousands, of trees. But before Saturdays, our Friday volunteer teams works with staff to prepare all necessary items for these events. Tasks include pairing gloves, highlighting planting maps, sorting and moving trees, prepping flagging for planting sites, and more.
All Friday volunteers meet at the Friends of Trees office in NE Portland. Current Friday volunteer shifts:
- 9:30am - 1pm: Inside prep work. Volunteers work with staff to compile all materials needed for events.
- 1pm - 4pm: Outside tree loading and organizing. Volunteer must be comfortable moving and lifting up to 50 pounds with a teammate.
If you have Friday mornings afternoons free and would like to join our volunteer team, please be in touch with Randi at RandiO@FriendsofTrees.org to learn more about this role and when our next Friday shift is scheduled.
Trees in our Neighborhood Trees Program need help to get to their new homes. Residents with pick-up trucks make this possible! Open-beds (no canopy) and trailers are prefered - our trees can be tall!
Volunteer truck drivers carry trees, tools, and supplies on planting day to support a crew of planters at our Saturday morning events. All drivers receive a map, address list, and support from trained volunteers to work as a team to deliver and plant ~10 trees in residential neighborhoods.
If you have a truck and are open to driving it at our events:
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!