Interested in volunteering?

Garden volunteers are welcome anytime. During the bloom season (May - Sept) we are in the garden 3 days a week from 9 a.m. until noon. On Fridays, during the season, you'll find snacks and often, our horticulturist will provide a brief lesson on some aspect of rose gardening, pest management, or disease control. Our most popular volunteer opportunity is deadheading roses in the garden between May and October. But, there are plenty of other ways to volunteer too:

  • Spring pruning (February)
  • Weeding
  • Moss removal
  • Wind pruning (November)
  • Events (Ice Cream Social)
  • Speaker's Series (Set up, audio-visual, refreshments, clean up)
  • Volunteer appreciation events

With the exception of deadheading, moss removal, and weeding, most of these opportunities occur one to three times a year. If you're a first-time volunteer, please download and complete the Portland Parks & Recreation required forms (below). You can mail them to the address below or just bring them with you to a volunteer session.

New Volunteers: Download and Complete These Forms

PDF File Image   Volunteer Service Application

PDF File Image   Criminal Records Check Consent Form

PDF File Image   Tell Us About Yourself

About the Portland Parks & Recreation Volunteer Forms

All Portland Parks & Recreation volunteers must fill out, sign, and submit two forms to be held on file for 3 years at the PP&R offices. Please select the documents to download to your computer.

Fill in each form (you can fill in online or you can print and fill in by hand), then print and sign and return to one of the Friends board members. You can also bring the signed form to the next volunteer event you attend, or mail the form to:

Portland Parks & Recreation
Steve Pixley
1120 Sw 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

Sign Up on Track It Forward

You can log your hours right here or you can download the Track It Forward app to your smartphone. If you don’t yet have an account, click the Sign Up link below to get started. Thanks!

Track It Forward

Next, sign up to our Volunteer mailing list

This is how we let you know about upcoming events, changes to volunteering days due to weather, or other important information. If you don’t use email, please let the volunteer host at the garden know how you can be reached.

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