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Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Community Orchards Coordinator / AmeriCorps position! Application deadline is July 2nd.

Position Title: Community Orchards Coordinator

Project Summary
In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the Community Orchards Coordinator (COC) will enhance the capacity and impact of Portland Fruit Tree Project’s Community Orchards program. In collaboration with volunteers, partners and staff, the COC will plan and facilitate Community Orchard events, providing learning opportunities for participants while maintaining and improving the orchards. The COC will conduct outreach to recruit diverse participants and partners, and will build volunteer leadership for each orchard site. Additionally, the COC will establish a new partnership to begin developing a new community orchard in outer East Portland.  This position will build on the successes of previous AmeriCorps members. 

Confluence Americorps program
Providing leadership and professional experiences to AmeriCorps members by partnering with local organizations that address critical, environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. 

Essential Functions (to include, but not limited to):

  • Coordinate tree care, site maintenance, and educational events at Sabin Community Orchard and Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard, in collaboration with partners and lead volunteers.
  • Coordinate harvesting at orchard sites and fruit distribution    
    • Conduct pre-harvest site visits and fruit assessments
    • Co-lead harvesting events, coordinate logistics and materials.
    • Distribute fruit to people in need through food pantries and other partners
  • Coordinate Tree Care Team (TCT) at Green Thumb Community Orchard:
    • Recruit volunteers, and conduct orientation for TCT members and TCT leaders
    • Support team in performing ten tree care sessions throughout the 2015 season
    • Coordinate logistics, communications, and materials/tools
  • Conduct outreach to engage diverse program participants
  • Coordinate and support volunteers in leadership roles:
    • Recruit, train & support lead volunteers for community orchards and tree care teams
    • Convene and facilitate leadership team meetings
  • Support partners growing fruit trees through Community Orchard Affiliate program
  • Continue the development of new Community Orchard partnership in East Portland
    • Facilitate community planning sessions
    • Recruit participants
  • Begin to plan and implement planting, maintenance and educational activities (in collaboration with volunteers and partners)
  • Secure project materials as needed
  • Maintain tracking/information systems and administer participant surveys
  • Assist with program reports and program evaluation
  • Complete and submit all necessary Confluence/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  • Attend and complete all Confluence/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training's, team meetings and national service days.
  • Wear Confluence uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.

Position Requirements

  • Physical ability to climb ladders, traverse uneven ground and steep slopes on foot, and lift up to 40 lbs
  • Flexible schedule to include occasional evenings and weekends
  • 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
  • Comfortable leading groups
  • Able to serve both independently and collaboratively
  • Commitment to the mission/goals of the Portland Fruit Tree Project
  • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
  • 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award.
  • Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.
  • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through the State of Oregon Clearinghouse, FBI criminal identification systems, the member’s home state, and upon a satisfactory report from the National Sex Offender Registry.
  • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
  • AmeriCorps members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms and elect not to receive an award. Please see for full information.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge/experience in fruit tree cultivation, organic gardening and/or permaculture
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or leading groups
  • Familiarity with Portland geography and local communities
  • Experience facilitating meetings and/or community events
  • Experience with low-income and/or diverse communities
  • Ability to speak Spanish (or other language common to Portland) a plus, but not required

Member Benefits Include

  • A taxable, monthly living allowance ($12,100 paid over the term of service).
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $5,645. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
  • Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
  • Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents).
  • Child care allowance for those who qualify.
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities.

Project Location

5431 NE 20th Ave Portland, OR 97211. Programming will take place at various sites throughout the city of Portland, primarily on the East side (North, NE, and SE Portland)

Transportation Information

  • Personal vehicle is helpful, but not required
  • Project site easily accessible by public transportation
  • On-site bicycle parking
  • Organizational vehicle will be available for most service activities
  • Mileage reimbursement available for service-related vehicle use (subject to approval)

Dates of Service

September 3, 2014 - July 24, 2015 (1700 hours – 11 months)

Equal Opportunity

People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Confluence is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Confluence is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions.

Confluence provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

How to apply


1.       Apply to the Project Supervisor: - Email the following items BY JULY 2ND to – Katy Kolker,, 503-284-6106  

  • résumé
  • cover letter
  • contact information for three references

Application deadline is July 2, 2014. The Project Supervisor will conduct all initial interviews and recommend a candidate for this position.

2.       Apply to Confluence:  The application takes time to complete; we recommend you complete it before or right after Step 1.  Application materials can be completed online at the AmeriCorps website and submitted to a Confluence position. A complete Member application includes the following:

  • AmeriCorps Application
  • Two Written References – These are included in the AmeriCorps online application.
  • Online Certification Form – This document must be mailed to our office with an original date and signature (no fax).  This form is included in the AmeriCorps online application or it can be found on the Confluence website.

3.       Interview with Confluence: Recommended candidates will interview with Confluence Environmental Center.

4.    Position Placements: Confluence will make all official placement offers. No offers will be made until steps 1-3 are complete.  

Confluence will conduct interviews with selected candidates and make offers throughout August 2014.

Contact for general questions about AmeriCorps, Confluence or our recruitment process:

Sherrie Jackson
Confluence Environmental Center - Operations Coordinator
5441 SE Belmont Ave., Suite 25
Portland, OR  97215


Portland Fruit Tree Project hosts three to four interns per season. Internship focuses vary depending on time of year, and current needs/activities. PFTP internships are generally unpaid. If you are interested in hearing about future internship opportunities, contact Bob bob[at]  or call 503-284-6106.

We are not currently accepting applications for any internship positions. We will be posting new positions (set to begin in early October) in early August.

Quotes from former interns:

" Serving as the Fruit Tree Stewardship Intern for Portland Fruit Tree Project gave me the opportunity to work with community members and other non-profit organizations towards the goal of fighting food inequity and building community in Portland. This experience has also given me the skills and tools that I need to explore this topic further in my academic and professional career. " - Joe Bennett, 2013 Fruit Tree Stewardship Intern

"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, 2013-14 Community Harvest & Tree Care Intern