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Seasonal Harvest Coordinator at Portland Fruit Tree Project - 10251

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Seasonal Harvest Coordinator
Portland Fruit Tree Project
97211 Portland , OR ,
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Job Description: 

Mission: To increase equitable access to healthful food and strengthen communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown produce. Since 2007, Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) has organized community members to share in the harvest of neighborhood fruit and make it available to people in need.

The Harvest Coordinator will be responsible for organizing, preparing, and implementing PFTP's Backyard Harvest Program and our new Harvest Box Pilot Program in Summer and Fall 2020. This position will report to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Successful applicants will need to be prepared to be flexible and able to creatively adapt harvests in a COVID-19 environment.

Employment Status: Seasonal, Part-time Position, June 15 - December 15, 2020

Location: Some administrative work (e.g. preparation for Harvests) will take place at our office located in NE Portland, or can be done from a home office. Harvest events and harvest box pickups will require travel throughout the Portland Metropolitan area, with use of the PFTP truck for transport.

Compensation and Schedule: $18/hr, 20 hrs/wk; flexible schedule prioritizing dates that are best for Harvest volunteers.


Flexible schedule

Creative work environment

Tech stipend - $25/month toward data, phone, and possible personal computer usage

Duties & Responsibilities: 


Schedule, lead, and coordinate volunteers for Backyard Harvest events and the Harvest Box Pilot Program

Lead participants at harvests to safely harvest fruit

Coordinate with homeowners/tree owners to assess trees and properties for harvest

Coordinate distribution of fruit to recipient agencies from harvest events as well as harvest boxes from people’s homes

Create COVID-specific volunteer training, and revise current training for digital and in-person events

Connect with past Harvest Leaders and identify new lead prospects to increase harvest capacity

Collect and record data following harvests

Education & Experience: 


2+ years experience planning and coordinating volunteer activities, preferably in the fields of food security, food justice, urban farming, or community-based nonprofits.

Strong communication skills – written and verbal.

Passion for social equity and food justice.

Ability to handle and lift heavy equipment, including boxes of fruit and orchard ladders.

Valid Driver’s License in the State of Oregon, a clean driving record, and willingness to drive a pick-up truck.

Strong independent work-ethic

Desire to work with, and recruit, a diverse base of volunteers

Comfortable utilizing Google Suite (email, documents, and spreadsheets primarily)


Access to a smart phone for navigating to harvest sites and communicating with volunteers

Familiarity with Portland Fruit Tree Project

Application Instructions: 

Application Procedure:

Please email your resume and cover letter answering the questions, and three professional references below to by May 24th, 2020, with the subject line “Harvest Coordinator Position”. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Why do you want to work for PFTP in this position?

What challenges to traditional group volunteer activities do you see arising due to COVID-19? What opportunities can you imagine?

Tell us about a time you had to propose or make a change for how your team functioned in an emergency and how it worked out.

Hiring Timeline:

Job posted: May 8, 2020

First Review of Applications due: May 24, 2020

Phone screens: end of May

Video “in person” interviews: early June

Start date: June 15, 2020, flexible for the right candidate

End date: December 15, 2020

Job Categories: 
Volunteers/Volunteer Management