Help keep the Visitor Center open on weekends by becoming a volunteer! We are looking for people who can take on 1-2 weekends per month. For more information, email Heather.
Volunteers contribute substantially in the areas of gardening, special event staffing, Visitor Center staffing, tour guiding, surveying, database maintenance, trail education, trail "hosting" and more.
Throughout the year volunteer opportunities will be available at the Arboretum working on events, greeting the public at the Visitor Center or joining a work party to make improvements on the trails and collections. We are also happy to work with special school projects or individual projects of interest, where we have the resources to do so!
As a City of Portland park, Hoyt Arboretum complies with the City of Portland standard for all volunteers. This means that folks will need to apply to be a volunteer within Portland Parks and Recreation and consent to a background check.
We rely on, and very much appreciate, the support we receive from our team of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, just fill in the form below and we'll be in touch with you.
Thank you for your interest!
Be sure to check out all the great pictures of past volunteer events on Facebook!
Our Tuesday Crew was recently featured on an episode of Oregon Field Guide. See our volunteers in action during this great video segment!
Visitor Center Greeter: Saturdays and Sundays 11am-3pm - looking for people to share the weekend load. 1-2 Saturdays per month.
Visitor Center Greeter Subsititute: Be "on-call" for shifts that normally scheduled volunteers are unavailable. 1-3 shifts per month in general. More near holidays and during the summer.
Hoyt Ambassadors: We are looking for people interested in joining this team. Trainings will be scheduled as needed and time expectation after training will be 2-4 hours per month. More if you're interested in taking on more shifts.
Trail Educators: If you love talking about nature, but hate memorizing, this is the role for you! Talk to visitors on the trails about the collections and the role of the Arboretum. Training is done in conjunction with tour training.
Tuesday Crew: Assist Curator with upkeep of park grounds and tree and plant collections. Shifts are Tuesday morning from 8-12pm, but special times/dates can be set up for groups and are sometimes set up as special events.
If you are interested in these positions, contact Volunteer Coordinator Heather Wilkinson by email, phone: 503.823.4477 or submit your name here.