Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with the PFTP:
If you would like to hear about additional volunteer opportunities as they arise, click here to sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter.
If you have particular skills or services you would like to contribute, please contact Andy to discuss the possibilties: andy[at] portlandfruit.org / 503-284-6106. Thank you!
Become a Community Orchard Steward
Would you like to learn leadership skills in your local community orchard? Orchard Stewards play an important role in helping our neighborhood orchards and communities flourish.
When you become an orchard steward, you will learn basic fruit tree care, ensure the maintenance of the orchard, and build community with neighbors. It's a fun way to get involved, and no experience is necessary. We'll be with you every step of the way!
To learn more about this opportunity and to register to become a Community Orchard Steward, CLICK HERE. New Orchard Steward can register at anytime. Orientations happen on a rolling basis.
Teach a workshop or 'work & learn' party
PFTP workshops and 'work & learn' parties are taught by experienced volunteers who want to share their knowledge. Do you have expertise in topics related to fruit tree care? Would you like to share your knowledge with the community?
We are currently seeking guest instructors for our 2017 Coimmunity Orchard events. Topics may include: Winter Pruning; Young Fruit Trees: Selection, Planting, & Care; Grafting; Pollinators; Spring Tree Care: Pest & Disease Management/Fruit Thinning; Summer Pruning; and Fall Tree Care: Pest & Disease ID/Assessment. If you are interested in teaching or co-teaching a workshop on one of these topics, we would love to speak with you. Please contact April, april[at]portlandfruit.org/ 503-284-6106.
Become a Citizen Scientist with PFTP & PSU
We'll teach you how to become a Citizen Scientist, when you sign up to join the Pollinators Count! Project, a partnership between Porltand Fruit Tree Project and Portland State University. All components of the program will happen at community orchard sites.
Led by PSU graduate student Jess Tyler, with assistance from PFTP Orchard Programs Coordinator April Jamison, this project is designed to help us understand pollinator communities, why they are so important to our food production, and how we can help them grow and keep them healthy.
Become a Tree Scout
Tree scouts canvas neighborhoods to register productive and underutilized fruit trees! This is a fun opportunity to serve as a vital liaison between PFTP and fruit tree owners in your area. We provide all necessary training and materials. Let us know if you're interested in our 2017 Tree Scouting events!
Please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to nicole[at]portlandfruit.org, with the subject line 'Tree Scout interest' and we'll be sure to follow up with you.
Participate in a Harvesting Party
Harvesting parties bring people together to pick fruit that might otherwise go to waste, and make it available to people in need. These events are a fun and easy way to get involved with the PFTP. Our harvest season begins in early July and ends in late November. Click here for more info about harvesting parties.
Volunteer as a Fruit Monitor
Fruit Monitor volunteers serve as an important role in the harvest planning process. Fruit Monitors will conduct site visits at registered tree sites to assess the quality, quantity, and ripeness of fruit so that we can determine if and when to schedule a harvesting party.
Harvesting season is underwat so we're not currently accepting applications for Fruit Monitors. If you're interested in volunteering as a Fruit Monitor in 2017, please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to nicole[at]portlandfruit.org with the subject "Fruit Monitor Interest". We'll be sure to follow up with you in Spring 2017.
Volunteer as a Harvest Leader
As a Harvest Leader, you will co-lead group harvesting parties! It’s a fun way to meet new people, gain new skills, and help make locally grown produce available to all! Harvesting parties bring people together to harvest fruit that might otherwise go to waste, and make it available to people in need.
Harvesting season is underway so we're not currently accepting applications for Harvest Leaders. If you're interested in volunteering as a Harvest Leader in 2017, please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to nicole[at]portlandfruit.org with the subject "Harvest Leader Interest". We'll be sure to follow up with you in Spring 2017.
Help us deliver fruit to our food pantry partners!
This harvesting season, we're looking for vounteers to help us deliver fruit to our food distribution sites. We’re looking for folks with availability on one or more of the following: Sundays, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday evenings. You must have a valid driver’s license and active car insurance. You will use your own car but we can provide mileage reimbursement. Our harvesting season begins in June and runs through mid-November.
Contact our Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator, Nicole, if you’re interested or if you have any questions about this opportunity. nicole[at]portlandfruit.org, 503-284-6106
Portland Fruit Tree Project hosts three to four interns per season. Internship focus varies 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 Andy (email andy[at]portlandfruit.org or call 503-284-6106).