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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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

Volunteer

Street tree inventory data collection begins in June. This is a monumental undertaking and we need many volunteers to help us collect and process data! We need volunteers to help fill the following roles:

1. Team Leader

Team Leaders are responsible for data collection on inventory work days, acting as experts in tree identification, and leading volunteers on data collection routes. Team Leaders are also the public face of the Tree Inventory Project, educating the public about the program and the importance of street trees to our communities. No experience is necessary - Team Leaders must attend a half-day training to learn inventory protocol and how to identify trees.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend at least three inventory work days.
  • Lead novice volunteers on work days to map, measure, and identify street trees.
  • Ensure that data collected is correct, legible, and complete.
  • Answer questions of the public about the Tree Inventory Project. Understand and promote the community benefits of trees.

Team Leaders must attend one of the following training sessions. Registration details will open in May.

  • Saturday, June 6 8:30 - noon (Hinson Church, 1137 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214)
  • Saturday, June 6 1 - 4:30 pm (Hinson Church, 1137 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214)
  • Wednesday, June 10 8:30 am - noon (Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206)
  • Wednesday June 10 1:00 - 4:30 pm (Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206)
  • Saturday June 13  8:30 am - noon (Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206)
  • Saturday June 13 1:00 - 4:30 pm (Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206)

2. Data Collector: Help collect data during an inventory work day

Volunteers are needed to help collect data on inventory work days. Work days are held Wednesdays and Saturdays from June through September. Saturday work days occur from 8:30 am to noon; Wednesday work days are morning or evening events. No experience is necessary, as novice volunteers will be paired with a Team Leader to identify trees and explain the inventory protocol. Duties include measuring trees, recording data on trees and the site, and mapping trees. Advanced registration via the website is requested.  View the inventory protocol here.

  • Please register for each inventory day via links posted on the schedule here.
  • Click here to download a flyer

3. ArcGIS Data Entry

Join Urban Forestry staff at our office in Delta Park to enter inventory data into an ArcGIS database. No experience is necessary - staff will teach you the basics of ArcGIS editing. Shifts are available Monday - Friday from 7 am - 3:30 pm. A 30 hour minimum commitment is requested. 

Data entry volunteers must attend one of the following training sessions. Pre-registration is required. Registration will open in May.

  • Tuesday, July 7 at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave., 14th floor, EBS training room.
    • 9 am - noon: Data entry for beginners. Geared towards those with no previous experience with ArcGIS.
    • 1-3:00 pm: Data entry for ArcGIS users. Geared towards those with some previous experience with ArcGIS.
  • Thursday, August 20 at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave., 14th floor, EBS training room.
    • 9 am - noon: Data entry for beginners. Geared towards those with no previous experience with ArcGIS.
    • 1-3:00 pm: Data entry for ArcGIS users. Geared towards those with some previous experience with ArcGIS.

4. Arborist-on-Call

If you are a certified arborist, horticulturalist, or other tree care professional with excellent tree identification skills, volunteer to be an Arborist-on-Call during an inventory work day. Arborists-on-Call check in with inventory teams to problem solve and answer questions about tree identification, condition assessment, high voltage wire recognition, and other questions that may arise. Volunteers will need a cell phone and bike or car. Advance registration is required and a training guide is provided.

5. Tree Team Member

In addition to collecting tree data, Tree Teams in each neighborhood are responsible for securing locations, advertising, and recruiting volunteers. After inventories are complete, they will also work with their communities to create neighborhood tree plans to steward the neighborhood’s tree canopy. If you live in one of the neighborhoods and are looking for a long term commitment to improve your neighborhood’s urban forest, joining the Tree Team may be for you.