Volunteer Opportunities

The Friends of Mt. Tabor Park relies on the generous support of our volunteers to keep the park safe, clean, and accessible to all. Scroll down to see how you can help make a difference.

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Board Members

Do you love Mt. Tabor Park? Do you want to give back to your community? Apply to be on the FMTP board! We hold board elections at our annual meeting every spring. To submit an application to run for the board, please contact taborfriends@gmail.com.

Weed Warriors

Last Saturday of each Month (except December), 9am–noon

FMTP Weed Warrior volunteers remove invasive plant species and restore native habitat to Mt. Tabor Park. Meet at the Mt. Tabor Visitor Center a few minutes before 9:00 am.

Tools, gloves, and invasive plant removal hacks provided. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and long sleeves to protect yourself as you work alongside trees and bushes, including thorny blackberry. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. A water bottle filling station is located by the restrooms near the Visitors Center.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate. Children under 12 must be in the company of an adult for the duration of the service project. Volunteers under 16 must either attend with a parent/adult, or bring a waiver.  

Register via the button below. For further information on Weed Warrior service projects, contact our Volunteer Program Coordinator, Lise Gervais at weed.warriors.coord@gmail.com.

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Weed Warriors Crew Leaders

This is a great opportunity for anyone who:​

  • Likes to volunteer with diverse groups of people

  • Wants to learn more about native plants and restoration techniques

  • Wants to help improve the ecological health of Mt. Tabor Park

 

Our crew leaders are trained in coordination with Portland Parks to co-lead groups of volunteers in removing invasive species, planting native plants, and mulching. Stewardship events happen the last Saturday of the month, January through November.

We ask that crew leaders attend at least two events per season.

Please contact Lise at weed.warriors.coord@gmail.com for details.

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Foot Patrol

Formed in 2000, the Foot Patrol is volunteers who periodically walk in Mt. Tabor Park in pairs to observe park activity and conditions; record and report theft, vandalism, graffiti, and improperly secured facilities; manage lost and/or found items, provide first aid, assist lost or disoriented individuals, and pick up litter. 

 

The requirements are few, and the personal rewards are great. Check out our Foot Parol Handbook for details. To schedule an orientation, contact the Foot Patrol coordinator at taborpatrol@gmail.com.

Visitor Center

The Mt. Tabor Park Visitor Center, located at the main parking lot near the caldera amphitheater, is staffed entirely by volunteers - the more we have, the more often the center is open to the public! Spend a few hours at the center greeting guests, answering questions, providing maps and brochures, staffing the lost-and-found, and (best of all) handing out dog biscuits. Opened by the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park in October 2011, the center is a valuable resource for park guests. To arrange an orientation session, please contact taborfriends@gmail.com or call 503-512-0816.

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Urban Nature Series Leaders

We're looking for Activities Leaders to facilitate ecological and cultural activities at the visitor center on weekends. Click here for more details about this exciting opportunity.