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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

Portland tree inventory volunteers, join us

Portland's street tree inventory was completed in 2016. In 2017 neighborhood partners and Urban Forestry will launch Portland's parks tree inventory. Read on to find the best volunteer opportunities for you!

1. Team Leader

Team Leaders are responsible for data collection on inventory work days, acting as experts in tree identification, and leading volunteers in data collection. Team Leaders are also the public face of the Tree Inventory Project, educating the public about the program and the importance community trees. 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 four inventory work days.
  • Lead novice volunteers on work days to map, measure, and identify park 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.

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 evening events, beginning at 4:30 pm. 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. If you are familiar with street tree inventory data collection, there will be some similarities, but also some new skills to learn.   View the street tree inventory protocol here.

  • Please register for each inventory day via links posted on the schedule here.

3. 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 inventory work days. Arborists-on-Call check in with inventory teams to problem solve and answer questions about tree identification, condition assessment, 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.

4. Tree Team Member

In addition to collecting tree data, Tree Teams in each neighborhood are responsible for proposing a park to inventory, advertising, and recruiting volunteers. Existing and new Tree Teams work with their communities to create and carry out neighborhood tree plans to steward the neighborhood’s tree canopy. If you are looking for a long term commitment to improve your neighborhood’s urban forest, joining the Tree Team may be for you.