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!

Volunteer on the trails

We have three opportunities to volunteer on the trails: Public Trail 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.


We hold Public Volunteer Days one Saturday a month, April through October. These are a wonderful opportunity to give back to the trails, make a tangible difference in your community, and get to know your neighbors!

Upcoming volunteer days:


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, and 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 today!

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

Volunteer at an event

Our event volunteers are vital to the success of our annual events. Stay tuned for upcoming event volunteer opportunities!

Volunteer in the office

Our office volunteers keep the administrative side of Portland Trails running smoothly. If you're interested in volunteering in our office, please email info@trails.org with your name, contact information, and your availability. Our Office Administrator will reach out when volunteer opportunities become available.