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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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6437 SE Division Street
Portland, Oregon 97206

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Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering with the Community Garden Program?

Work Parties: One-Time and 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.


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

Office Outreach Intern The intern will work closely with program staff to support administrative needs. The intern will work 4 - 8 hours per week, hours are flexible, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Tuesday - Friday. 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 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

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 staff at

Volunteer Garden Manager Garden leaders are committed to supporting all community members and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment at the garden. They encourage cooperation, shared responsibilities, and foster mutually beneficial and respectful relationships between gardeners, neighbors, visitors, and staff. Managers act as the liaison between gardeners and staff and help new gardeners integrate into the community. They educate gardeners about program rules, encourage community involvement, and help their garden to be a beautiful, productive community asset.

Volunteer Garden Managers often work in leadership teams, are self-selected or recruited by program staff when there is a vacancy. Garden Managers are encouraged to commit to one full garden season and each fall have the option of continuing on to the following year or assisting in recruiting a replacement. See Position Descriptions for more details:

If you are interested in becoming a garden manager at your community garden, please contact Kathy Dang at or 503-823-1881.

We look forward to working with you!