Portland Fruit Tree Project Orchards Program coordinator (starts March 15)

Portland Fruit Tree Project
Position Description: Orchard Programs Coordinator

Employment Status: Full-time, 40 hours per week.

Compensation: $28,080 annual salary* plus benefits (including health insurance, paid time off, holidays).

  • After 6 months, employee will be eligible for a raise pending a positive performance review.

Work Location: Portland, Oregon
Reports to: Program Manager

Start date: March 15th, 2016

Background: Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical need: Access to healthful food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, PFTP is strengthening communities, promoting health, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways for low income families to obtain locally-grown fruit. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, cultivate community orchards on public lands, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops. We currently have 2 full-time employees, 4 part-time employees, and 1,000+ active volunteers.

Position Summary: The Orchard Programs Coordinator (OPC) will enhance the capacity and impact of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Community Orchards program. In collaboration with volunteers, partners and staff, the OPC will plan and facilitate Community Orchard events, providing learning opportunities for participants while maintaining and improving the orchards. The OPC will conduct outreach to recruit diverse participants and partners, and will build volunteer leadership for each orchard site. Additionally, the OPC will coordinate the Large Orchard Harvest program, in collaboration with the Program Manager.

Essential Functions (to include, but not limited to):

  • Coordinate tree care, site maintenance, and educational events at all PFTP Community Orchard sites, in collaboration with partners and lead volunteers

  • Conduct outreach & relationship building to engage diverse program participants, especially those populations at risk of food insecurity, and orchard neighbors

  • Coordinate and support volunteers in leadership roles:

    • Recruit, train & support lead volunteer teams for each community orchard

    • Convene and facilitate leadership team meetings

  • Coordinate Tree Care Team (TCT) at Green Thumb Community Orchard:

    • Recruit volunteers, and conduct orientation for TCT members and TCT leaders

    • Support team in performing tree care sessions

    • Coordinate logistics, communications, and materials/tools

  • Ensure that necessary tree care and site maintenance is completed at all orchards on an on-going/seasonal basis. This will ideally be done primarily by volunteers during organized events, but the Orchard Programs Coordinator may need to conduct tree care and site maintenance outside of organized events when necessary

  • Coordinate harvesting at Large Orchard sites, and fruit distribution

    • Conduct outreach to growers/orchard owners

    • Conduct pre-harvest site visits and fruit assessments

    • Schedule and promote large orchard harvests

    • Co-lead harvesting events, coordinate logistics and materials

    • Coordinate delivery of fruit to food banks, food pantries or other partners

  • Support partners growing fruit trees through Community Orchard Affiliate program

  • Continue the development of Parkrose Community Orchard

    • Facilitate community design process

    • Recruit participants & leadership team

    • Plan and implement planting event(s), installation of signage, site & tree maintenance, and educational activities (in collaboration with volunteers and partners)

  • Secure project materials as needed, within budget

  • Maintain tracking/information systems and administer participant surveys

  • Assist with program reports and program evaluation

  • Assist with grant proposals and reports related to orchard programs, as needed

  • Assist with other tasks, as assigned



  • Physical ability to climb ladders, traverse uneven ground and steep slopes on foot, and lift up to
    40 lbs

  • Flexible schedule to include many weekends and occasional evenings

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Self-motivated and well-organized, with strong attention to detail and time management

  • Ability to engage in positive, professional manner with diverse populations, including project participants, partners, volunteers, and the general public

  • Comfortable leading groups of all ages and ethnicities

  • Able to serve both independently and collaboratively

  • Commitment to the mission/goals of Portland Fruit Tree Project

  • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team

  • Valid driver's license

  • Clean driving record (no more than 3 moving violations in the last 3 years)

  • Basic computer skills, including familiarity with MS Office, data entry and email

  • Experience (4+ years) in related fields OR Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years' experience in related fields

    • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.


  • Knowledge/experience in fruit tree cultivation, organic gardening and/or permaculture

  • Experience coordinating volunteers and/or leading groups

  • Familiarity with Portland geography and local communities

  • Experience facilitating meetings and/or community events

  • Experience with low-income and/or diverse communities

  • Experience with community outreach

  • Ability to speak Spanish (or other language common to Portland) a plus, but not required

PFTP is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity in the workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color and people with differing orientations and abilities to apply.

How to apply

Application Instructions:

1. Complete the short application form at: http://goo.gl/forms/U3Zcx14Hsy
2. After completing this form, submit your cover letter & resume to the address provided on the Google form's confirmation page.

Application deadline is Wednesday February 17th
No phone calls please.