Do trees fascinate you? Do you jump at the chance to help others? If so, we recommend applying for the Portland Fruit Tree Project’s Harvest and Stewardship Internship. As certified arborists, Portland opportunities for learning about and protecting trees excite us. This internship is an incredible opportunity for budding arborists who want more hands-on experience working with Portland trees.
Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) gathers fruit from Portland trees that would otherwise go unharvested. By organizing volunteer groups to pick fruit before it falls, PFTP prevents waste. What’s more, the group distributes the harvested fruit to people in need. Finally, this impressive Portland tree service organization presents hands-on workshops in how to care for trees and preserve their fruit.
As providers of Portland tree services, we’ve partnered with the Portland Fruit Tree Project many times over the years. Just last month, our founder Jeff Moore lead a winter fruit-pruning workshop hosted by PFTP. And every year, we help the PFTP harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of Portland fruit that would otherwise rot. To show our support for this exceptional non-profit, we’re promoting the Harvest and Stewardship Internship position.
The 2015 Harvest and Stewardship Intern Position with Portland Fruit Tree Project
Starting April 1st and working 12-20 hours per week through September 30th, the Harvest and Stewardship Intern will:
–Assist with the coordination of PFTP Tree Care Teams program and Tree Care Workshop series.
–Help to maintain Portland Fruit Tree Project’s Community Orchards;
–Co-Lead harvesting events;
–Coordinate harvesting program in general;
–Process new tree registrations and coordinate with registered fruit tree owners; and more.
The Harvest and Stewardship intern will work out of Portland Fruit Tree Project headquarters in NE Portland, but he or she will also travel throughout Portland for events and site visits. To learn more and apply for this opportunity, view PFTP’s description of the internship position. The internship is unpaid, but is rich with benefits, including experience in volunteer and event coordination, connections in the local agriculture and food movement, and personal pride in having helped so many people across Portland! Internship applications are due on Sunday, March 22nd.
Don’t have 12 hours per week to spare? You can still get involved with this laudable organization. PFTP holds several events per week throughout the dryer months. From orchard work parties to tool repair workshops to educational series on food preservation, PFTP has something for everyone! Even if your schedule is packed, you can help by offering your fruit trees for harvesting.