How to Volunteer

Learn about our volunteer roles & when we need your help!

Friends of Trees would simply not be what we are without our immeasurable volunteer community. We strive to provide safe, fun, and fulfilling volunteer roles that cater to different ages, personal interests, physical abilities, and schedules. Recruitment is now open for multiple volunteer roles — please take a look at the list below to see which role looks like a good fit for your interests.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch!

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Friends of Trees Volunteer Roles

Weekend Volunteer Roles: There are many ways you can plant with us on Saturdays!

Tree Planter

Tree planters are our flagship volunteer role and help plant trees at weekend events October through April! We welcome people of all ages and abilities. No previous experience necessary.

Truck Driver

Volunteers with pick-up trucks and trailers help transport trees to their new homes! Volunteer truck drivers carry trees, tools, and supplies on planting day to support a crew of planters at our Saturday morning events.

Bike Planter

Bike planters transport & plant trees with their pedal power. Bikers with or without trailers are welcome to join and plant at select Saturday events. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Crew Leader

Friends of Trees Crew Leaders help lead our planting crews throughout the season. These trained volunteers ensure that our volunteers are safe, have fun, and plant trees correctly to ensure their long-term survival.

Mid-week Volunteer Roles: We also have volunteer needs during the week that could use your help!

Tree Caller

Wednesdays: Help 'treecipients' select their tree for their upcoming neighborhood planting. Great role for individuals looking to use or improve their phone skills!

Summer Tree Inspector

June-August (flexible): Help monitor the health of newly-planted street & yard trees in your city!

Friday Event Prep

Fridays: Help our staff prepare for their Saturday events at our office in NE Portland!

Neighborhood Coordinator

Flexible + One Saturday: Neighborhood Coordinators work with Friends of Trees staff to plan and coordinate their neighborhood's annual planting event.