Volunteer Opportunities

Portland Trails is a small nonprofit making a big difference in Greater Portland. We rely on a robust community of volunteers to help us maintain & build trails, run our annual events, and help out in the office. Thank you for volunteering for Portland Trails!

Trail Volunteers

We have three opportunities to volunteer on the trails: public volunteer days, group volunteer days, and our Trail Steward Program. For those who are volunteering with us for the first time, please read through our commonly asked questions:

What does a typical volunteer day entail? While no two trail work days are the same, some common activities include: clipping/pruning plants, raking trail heads, moving and spreading trail surface materials, helping build small bridges, and cutting and removing invasive species.

What should I bring/wear? Trail work can be dirty work. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and closed-toed shoes. Portland Trails will supply all the tools necessary but feel free to bring your own gloves. Please bring water, snacks, and any medications you might require for the duration of the activity.



Note: Public volunteer days are on hold for the time being. Individual/household volunteer projects are an opportunity for our community members to still volunteers on the trails during this health crisis.

You are invited to volunteer alone or with the members of your household to complete independent trail work. To uphold high standards of safety, no Portland Trails staff or other members of the public will join you. Instead, we will coordinate the location, tool/equipment drop-off, and work plan with you ahead of time. All tools and equipment will be freshly sanitized, and you’ll be asked to wear masks while performing your tasks. If you’re interested in participating, fill out this form. Our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch within two weeks of your request.



Note: Due to health regulations, we are only accepting groups of up to five people. All volunteers must follow strict safety protocol, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.

Interested in bringing your office, class, or team out on the trails? A day of trail work is a great opportunity for team-building and connects your group with the Portland community and local trails. Locations and projects are dependent on the number of participants and when you want to volunteer. Once we establish these details, we’ll send you directions to the trail. Submit a request for a group volunteer day here. Our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch within two weeks of your request.




Trail Stewards are committed, knowledgeable trail users who work alongside staff to ensure the trails are consistently maintained. The primary responsibility of a Trail Steward is to monitor one assigned section of trail weekly by foot or by bike, keep track of any maintenance needs on their trail, and report back to Portland Trails. Daniel, Portland Trails’ Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator, will train each Steward on what to look for and proper reporting methods. Submit an interest form here.

Thank you to our Trail Steward Program Partner Evergreen Credit Union, whose support has greatly enhanced our program. 

Event Volunteers

Our two annual races, the Trail to Ale 10K Race + Walk (Sept. 20, 2020) and the Holiday Dash 5K (Dec. 13, 2020), require dozens of volunteers each year. Event volunteers assist with packet pick-up, traffic control, event set-up & clean up, and more. All volunteers are welcome to participate in post-race festivities, including the Trail to Ale afterparty and the Holiday Dash brunch at Ri Ra.

We will begin asking for Trail to Ale volunteers in August 2020 and Holiday Dash volunteers in November 2020.

Office Volunteers

Several times a year, we need volunteers to help us with office projects. We have large mailings in February, August, and November that require many hands, but there are also occasionally other office projects that arise throughout the year. We always provide our office volunteers snacks! If you’re interested in volunteering in our office, email Alison at info@trails.org.