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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering with the Community Garden Program?

  1. Check out our calendar for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
  2. Fill out the Volunteer Application Form.
  3. Read on for more information!

Work Parties: One-Time & Group Opportunities

We host work parties on a regular basis at rotating garden sites throughout the city.

  • Help spruce up existing community gardens - weeding, mulching, planting, pruning, and more.
  • Help grow new community gardens - building beds, laying paths, spreading mulch, and more.
  • Green thumbs encouraged but not required!

Some of our work parties are hosted by our partner, Hands On Greater Portland. Follow the link provided under each opportunity to RSVP for the work party. You must sign up through Hands On Greater Portland to attend the work party.

Internships

Take advantage of an in-depth learning experience with Portland Community Gardens! Internships are unpaid and last three months, unless indicated otherwise.

Administrative Intern The intern will work closely with program staff to support administrative needs. The intern will work 8-16 hours per week, hours are flexible but must occur twice a week (Tuesdays or Wednesdays and Fridays), 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Check out the job description for details.

Field Intern Support program staff by conducting seasonal garden maintenance tasks and prepare empty plots for new gardeners.  The intern will work 8 - 16 hours per week. Hours are flexible but must occur Tuesday-Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Check out the job description for details.

Spanish Outreach Intern

  • Must be a bilingual Spanish speaker with strong communication skills - both written and verbal.
  • Must have experience and ability to work with a diversity of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Have some community outreach experience and work well independently and as a team.

The intern will work closely with program staff to translate program material, facilitate communication between community gardeners, and assist in outreach to new gardeners. The intern must work 10-15 hours per month on an on-call/as-needed basis. The internship hours are flexible but must occur Wednesday-Saturday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Work will take place at the Community Gardens office located at 6437 SE Division, and in the field at specified community garden sites.

Community Work Experience Intern This is a 3-6 credit internship (180 hours) through Clackamas Community College. The internship changes on a seasonal need basis. Hours are flexible but must occur Wednesday-Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Work will take place in the field.

To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter with a brief description of your experience and why you would like to work with the Community Garden Program to kathy.dang@portlandoregon.gov. Positions are open until filled. 

Volunteer Opportunities for Community Gardeners

Plot Holders Plot holders are required to spend a minimum of six hours per year on community projects at their garden site. Any work that is done outside of one's plot counts toward service hours. Half of these community hours must be completed by July 1.

These community service hours are intended for areas outside of your plot, such as maintaining common areas and pathways surrounding your plot, help with garden management or Produce for People program - or other special projects. Gardeners are responsible for recording their hours in the Volunteer binder at their garden site. Volunteer hours are collected on a quarterly basis.

Please contact your Volunteer Garden Manager for specific volunteer opportunities at your garden site. If your garden site does not have a Garden Manager, contact Kathy Dang at kathy.dang@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-1612.

Produce For People Coordinator Since 1995, the Produce for People Program has been linking community gardens with local food banks to provide people in need with fresh, healthy, local produce. The PFP Coordinator conducts outreach to gardeners about the program, builds relationships with recipient agencies, acquires necessary resources, coordinates produce collection and delivery, and records all donations. Position Description

If interested in becoming a Produce For People Coordinator at your garden site, please contact Kathy Dang at kathy.dang@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-1612.

Volunteer Garden Manager Garden Managers act as the liaison between gardeners and program staff. They help communicate program policies to gardeners, encourage community participation, and support the garden as an attractive, productive community asset. They play a critical role in fostering a sense of community in the garden and helping new gardeners integrate into the community.

Volunteer Garden Managers are self-selected or recruited by program staff when there is a vacancy. Staff can help recruit co-managers when needed. Garden Managers are encouraged to commit to one full garden season; each fall you will have the option of continuing on to the following year or assisting in recruiting a replacement. Position Description

If interested in becoming a garden manager at your garden site, please contact Kathy Dang at kathy.dang@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-1612.

 

We look forward to working with you!