Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some of the ways you can volunteer with the PFTP:

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If you have particular skills or services you would like to contribute, please contact Andy to discuss the possibilties: andy[at] / 503-284-6106. Thank you!

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 2016 Tree Scouting events!
Please call 503-284-6106 or send an email to bob[at], 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.

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.
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 bob[at] 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 bob[at] 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 Program Manager, Bob Hatton, if you’re interested or if you have any questions about this opportunity. bob[at], 503-284-6106

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!
The application deadline for our 2016 PFTP Ambassador is rolling. If you are interested in volunteering as an Ambassador in 2016, please read our position description here. To request an application, please call 503-284-6106 to speak with Nicole or send an email to nicole[at]

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 2016 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] / 503-284-6106.

FOOD PRESERVATION: Our 2015 Food Preservation Workshop series is over. 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 2016, please contact nicole[at] / 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 2016 Tree Care Teams program is now full. If you're interested in joining our Tree Care Teams program in the future, please email with the subject "Tree Care Team Interest" and we'll be sure to follow up with you next year. 

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 Bob (email bob[at] or call 503-284-6106).

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, please contact Bob Hatton: 503-284-6106,  bob[at]