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 Lynn to discuss the possibilties: lynn[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 HERENew 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 Community 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.

For more information and to register, click this link.

Volunteer as a Harvest Leader

Two or more Harvest Leaders co-lead each of our 75+ harvest events! This lead volunteer position is a great way to meet new people, improve your public speaking, group facilitation, and fruit knowledge skills, while ensuring a steady supply of fruit for your home and freezer each year. Harvest Leaders generally commit to volunteering from mid-June to mid-November each year. We are usually recruiting for them in May and June. 

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.

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 unpaid, but help develop a number of marketable, resume-building skills. If you are interested in internship opportunities, check out Jobs & Internships for current needs.

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