2016 Fruit Tree Stewardship Intern

You will gain great event coordination and volunteer coordination experience; connections in the local food & urban agriculture movement, and the fulfillment of knowing that your efforts will make a positive impact for hundreds of people in the Portland area! You will be given diverse responsibilities and have many opportunities for hands-on professional development such that you will gain many marketable skills for your resume.




"I would like to thank PFTP for giving me the opportunity to contribute to their mission of increasing equal access to healthy food in Portland. My internship has been an extremely valuable learning experience that has also been a lot of fun! I would encourage anyone who is interested in helping their community to get involved anyway they can." - Gavin Flynn, Community Harvest & Tree Care Intern, Sept 2013 - April 2014

Intern responsibilities:

  • Work with PFTP staff and volunteers to plan and co-lead tree care events 
    (e.g. Tree Care Team sessions, Tree Care Workshops, and tree care work parties.)
  • Work with PFTP staff to maintain PFTP’s Community Orchard sites
  • Receive new tree registrations and communicate with registered tree owners
  • Conduct volunteer outreach & workshop publicity at local events and via email, as needed.
  • Perform related tracking, record-keeping, and data entry
  • Potential for additional projects (depending on the intern’s skill set and time commitment)

Position Requirements:

  • Physical ability to lift up to 40 lbs, climb ladders, and care for trees in a variety of settings including on soft ground, uneven ground and steep slopes.
  • Flexible schedule to include many weekends and occasional evenings.
  • Familiar and comfortable with computers, including email, word processing spreadsheets, etc.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and well-organized.
  • Ability to engage in positive, professional manner with diverse populations, including project participants, partners, volunteers, and the general public.
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Commitment to the mission/goals of Portland Fruit Tree Project.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/experience with fruit trees
  • Interest or experience in urban agriculture and/or community food security
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or leading groups
  • Experience with low-income communities
  • Familiarity with Portland geography and local communities
  • Valid driver's license & active car insurance

Applications are due by Monday December 7th.
To apply, please send a cover letter and one-page resume to Bob Hatton: bob [at] Please email  bob [at] or call (503-284-6106) if you have questions about this position.