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Arizona has many opportunities for volunteers to get involved and share their time and talent.  This page lists some of those opportunities.  Let us know if you have some ideas to add to this page - we update it all the time as new information becomes available!

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Urban and Community Forestry Volunteer Opportunities in Arizona

Organization: City of Phoenix

Program: Citizen Forester

Description Are you interested in creating a greener City of Phoenix? In 2010 The City of Phoenix adopted the Tree and Shade Master Plan that laid out the vision of a healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through the investment in the urban forest. Volunteer as a Citizen Forester and become a tree advocate for your community. Citizen Foresters educate the community on the importance of trees while providing assistance for the proper planting and care of the trees throughout the city.

Volunteer as a Citizen Forester and Plant a Solution.

Available Level One Classes are listed below.

Volunteer Type: Youth (ages 17 and under), Adult (18 - 64), Older Adult (65+), Families

Sponsoring Organization: City Manager's Office

Location: 200 West Washington Street, Phoenix City Hall - 12th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Requirements: Volunteers 15 and under, must register with a parent. Volunteers must be comfortable with 2 hour classroom style learning environment, and capable of utilizing shovels and digging holes.

Contact Information

Michelle Litwin

Volunteer Phoenix Facilitator

(602) 495-0313



Opportunity Schedule

Level 1 Citizen Forester Training: Classroom style presentation by the city arborist on the value and benefits of trees, basic tree anatomy, as well as site and species selection. Workshop is concluded with a hands on proper tree planting.


9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Address: 4420 N 51st Ave, Phoenix, AZ85031

Phone: 602.495.0313

Location Information: Maryvale Community Center Auditorium, South side of the building. Follow the signs.

Notes: Please remember: We will be planting a tree! Wear closed toe shoes and sun protective outerwear. Don't forget to stay hydrated, bring a water bottle!

Available Positions: 9

Apply to Volunteer at This Link

Organization: Nature Abounds

Program: Watch the Wild ™

Description: Watch the Wild ™, a program of Nature Abounds needs your help in observing the "wild" in your community. As a Watch the Wild ™ volunteer, you observe and report what is taking place in your community, from trees and plants to weather and wildlife activity. In as little as ten minutes, your observations help us to understand how our eco-systems are changing and helps us to adapt for the future. Being a Watch the Wild ™ , volunteer is very easy. All you need to do is: choose a location or route to observe, whether it be your backyard, a route you drive regularly, record your observations and report your observations to us via mail or email.

Location: State Wide

Website: http://www.natureabounds.org/

How to get involved: http://www.natureabounds.org/Volunteer.html

Organization: Trees Matter

Program: Make a Difference with Shade Trees

Description: Trees Matter has teamed up with SRP to distribute free shade trees to residents in Maricopa County. On this day, participants will attend a tree-care workshop and then take home 2 free desert-adapted shade trees to plant around their homes.

Location: Central Arizona

Website: http://www.treesmatter.org

How to get involved: http://treesmatter.org/volunteer

Organization: The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum 

Program: Tours, Outreach, Administrative Support, Grounds Support

Description: The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum is entirely self-funded and operates with minimal staff support. If you share our passion for sustainable land stewardship, historic preservation and public education, we welcome your help! If you have the aptitude and interest in any of the following needs, contact us at infoarboretum@ag.arizona.edu to express interest and arrange for your training.

Location: Southern Arizona

Website: https://arboretum.arizona.edu

How to get involved: https://arboretum.arizona.edu/volunteer

Organization: Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Program: Arizona's Magnificent Trees

This program recognizes trees that are the largest of their species (Champion Trees), trees that have cultural significance and a direct connection to people (Heritage Trees), and trees that are proven to have been in their same location before Arizona Statehood (Witness Trees).

Anyone can search out and nominate trees around Arizona that meet the requirements of a magnificent tree.  Qualifying details are on the website under the recognition programs.

Website: https://dffm.az.gov

How to get involved: https://dffm.az.gov/forestry-community-forestry

Organization: Arbor Day Foundation

Program: Various

Description: Volunteers play an important role in tree planting and tree care projects in communities across the United States; they are the heart and soul of tree planting in America. You can get involved, too! Whether you are organizing a tree planting project or looking to volunteer at a tree planting or pruning event, you can take pride in helping to transform our urban landscapes.

Location: State Wide

Website: https://www.arborday.org

How to get involved: https://www.arborday.org/takeaction/volunteer/

Organization: The Arboretum at Arizona State University

Program: Morning Arboretum Volunteer

Description: Every weekday morning from 8:30AM to 11AM volunteers can hop on an electric cart with one of our Grounds Crew to go work on campus planters and grounds. We will provide the gloves and tools. This is a great opportunity to rack up any required community service hours and help with keeping ASU's landscape looking great. Sign up for any day for the semester.

Location: Central Arizona

Website: https://cfo.asu.edu/arboretum

How to get involved: https://cfo.asu.edu/arboretum-volunteer

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