Volunteer with us!

Portland, Vancouver, and Salem metro areas


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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Dreaming of summer - summer tree inspecting!

May 17th - Volunteer in Forest Park!

Spread the word - Summer outreach with FOT!






Dreaming of summer - summer inspecting!

Join our Summer Inspector Team!After a long, cold winter, and with the onset of these longer days, we're really looking forward to spring and summer. In fact, we've started recruitment for our most popular volunteer role - the Summer Inspector. Trainings will be held earlier this year - on Saturday, May 10 (North Portland) and May 17 (SE Portland) - so we've opened our registration forms early. Spaces at these trainings fill up quickly, so be sure to save your spot.

» Summer Tree Inspector Sign-up

Summer Inspectors are always one of our most popular volunteers roles.  Why?  These trained volunteers learn how to assess the health of newly-planted street and yard trees and give homeowners watering and mulching tips. Summer Inspectors meet their neighbors and help teach them how to best care for their trees during the critical first summer after planting.

Attendance at one of these trainings is required and they both run from 9:00am - 1:00pm. You'll receive expert instruction regarding tree care techniques, as well as coffee, food and a sweet Tree Team t-shirt.

Each inspector checks on his or her assigned trees twice during the summer (once by the end of June and once by the end of August).  We estimate that the overall time commitment after the training is approximately 6-8 hours.

And all of this can be done on your own schedule in the sunshine. Not a bad way to do good work! 

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Help restore Forest Park on May 17th!


Join us as we continue efforts to restore native habitat in Forest Park. We are partnering with Portland Parks & Recreation and Forest Park Conservancy to remove English Ivy from an area of Forest Park, in preparation for a future native tree and shrub planting.

This popular tree care event requires pre-registration, and is a great group volunteer opportunity!


» Sign up here to save your spot!


All you need to do is simply come dressed appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes... we'll take care of the rest!

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Summer Outreach Volunteers

Join us as we meet your neighbors!

While we'd love to be planting trees all year round, we just can't plant in the summer! Thisis a great opportunity for us to go to festivals, fairs, and events to spread the word about the great work Friends of Trees does in neighborhoods and green spaces. Join a staff member for a few hours on a weekday or weekend at one of many events around town.

If you think you'd like to help us spread the word, let us know and we'll work with you to find an event that fits your schedule:

» Sign up to join us!

We look forward to working with you soon!

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CONTACT US!  For more information about any of our volunteer opportunities, please email Jenny Bedell-Stiles or Ian Bonham in the Volunteer & Outreach Program.  You can also reach us at 503-595-0213.  We're here to help make your volunteer experience a good one.