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Volunteer Opportunities

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 Katy to discuss the possibilties: katy [at] portlandfruit.org / 503-284-6106. Thank you!

Become a Tree Scout

Tree scouts work in their own 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.This volunteer position begins in mid June and ends at the end of October of each year. 
Our 2013 Tree Scout program has finished. If you're interested in volunteering as a Tree Scout in 2014, please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to bob[at]portlandfruit.org.

Become a Harvest Leader

Harvest Leaders co-lead harvesting parties along with another volunteer. We provide all of the necessary training, materials, and support. You would be expected to commit to co-lead at least 6 harvesting parties between mid June and late November.
Our 2013 Harvest Leader program has finished for the season. If you're interested in volunteering as a Harvest Leader in 2014, please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to bob[at]portlandfruit.org, with the subject line 'Harvest Leader interest' and we'll get you an application in Spring 2014.

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.

Participate in a Community Orchard work-party

Please visit our Community Orchards page for more info about the program and volunteer opportunities.

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.
Our 2013 Fruit Monitor season has finished. If you're interested in volunteering as a Fruit Monitor in 2014, please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to bob[at]portlandfruit.org, with the subject line 'Fruit Monitor interest'. We'll be sure to get you an application as soon as they are available in late Spring 2014.

Volunteer as a 'PFTP Ambassador'

As a PFTP Ambassador, you will represent the Portland Fruit Tree Project at outreach events. If you enjoy talking with people and want to help promote the work of the Portland Fruit Tree Project, outreach events are a great way to volunteer!
We are now accepting applications for our 2014 PFTP Ambassador volunteer position. Please find the complete position description here: http://portlandfruit.org/ambassador. If you have any questions, please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to outreach[at]portlandfruit.org.

Teach a workshop

PFTP workshops are taught by experienced volunteers who want to share their knowledge. Do you have expertise in topics related to fruit tree care or food preservation? Would you like to share your knowledge with the community?

TREE CARE: We are currently seeking workshop instructors for our 2014 Tree Care Workshop series. Topics 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 Bob, bob[at]portlandfruit.org / 503-284-6106.

FOOD PRESERVATION: Our 2013 Food Preservation Workshop series is finished. Over the years, our workshop series has included the following topics: Canning, Drying, Cold storage / cellaring, Jams and Jellies, Fruit Leather, Fermentation...  If you are interested in teaching a food preservation workshop in 2014, please contact Katy, katy[at]portlandfruit.org / 503-284-6106. Previous teaching experience is a plus.

Join or lead a Tree Care Team

Join PFTP in increasing the health and abundance of urban fruit trees, while developing skills in organic tree care methods! Tree Care Teams are small groups of volunteers that care for fruit trees registered and harvested by PFTP. Each Tree Care Team is lead by one or two ‘Team Leaders’ with experience and skills in organic fruit tree care, who teach and guide the group. Each team is responsible for a cluster of trees in their area, visiting each tree once per season to complete the full spectrum of care throughout the year. Members and Leaders participate in ten 3-hour work-parties over an 11-month period (January-November). Topics/tasks include: Winter Pruning, Spring Pest & Disease Management, Fruit Thinning, Summer Pruning, Fall Clean-Up/Pest & Disease Assessment. Participants receive a certificate of completion.

Our 2014 Tree Care Teams are now full and are underway. If interested in getting involved with the Tree Care Teams program in 2015, please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to bob[at]portlandfruit.org with the subject line ''TCT Member interest' or 'TCT Leader interest' and we'll get you an application when they become available (November 2014.)

Internships (click here to be re-directed to the Jobs & Internships page):

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 Katy (email katy[at]portlandfruit.org or call 503-284-6106).


For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, please contact Katy Kolker: 503-284-6106,  katy[at]portlandfruit.org