Volunteer With Us

Volunteers play a pivotal role in our programming and are the cornerstone of our organization. With your help, we can make a greater impact on the health of our community.

Farm Field Trip Volunteer Educator

Availability Requirements: Field Trip Volunteer Educators are needed Fridays, September-June, between 9am-1pm. All Field Trip Volunteer Educators must: fill out the “Farm Field Trip Volunteer Form” below, attend a Soil, Water, or Food Farm Field Trip training which will also take place on Fridays from 9am-1pm, submit a background check form, and collaborate with staff to track your earned hours. Minimum commitment is volunteering for 2 field trips this school year: we want you to keep coming back!

Schoolyard Farms is seeking Farm Field Trip Volunteer Educators to lead hands-on learning stations teaching the ecology and stewardship of Soil, Water, and Food! Come inspire K-6th graders to take care of themselves and our world.

Responsibilities include providing for the safety, well-being, and care for the students learning on the farm. Volunteers must enjoy being outdoors in all seasons, rain or shine. Training in sustainable agriculture practices, experiential education, and sharing nature with children is provided. We encourage volunteers to earn Community Based-Learning hours at Schoolyard Farms and/or make arrangements for coursework credit. Share with us your learning goals, and take pride in the gifts and talents you contribute to our growing volunteer community!

All trainings and field trips are held on our one-acre mini production Farm at:
Candy Lane Elementary School: 5901 SE Hull Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97267

If you’re interested in being a Farm Field Trip Volunteer, fill out the form below and we’ll contact you about upcoming training dates. Sign-up here today!

Farm Field Trip Volunteer Form

Farm Field Volunteer

Availability Requirements: Tuesdays–Thursday, April–October, between 9am and 4pm. Hours are flexible. Minimum commitment is 4 hours per month.

Farm Field Volunteers will help with all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables on one-acre of the schoolyard at Candy Lane Elementary. The produce is grown for a 55-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. The volunteers will help with seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce, small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers.

Vegetable Tasting Prep Cook + Server Volunteer*

Availability Requirements: Prep Cooks are needed Mondays, September-June, between 1-5pm; Servers are needed Tuesdays, September-June, between 11-2pm. Shifts are 3-4 hours long. Minimum commitment is 1 shift per month.

The Vegetable Tasting Prep Cook + Server Volunteers will assist the Education Director in preparing fresh, healthy fruit and vegetable dishes that will be served as samples at our partnering schools.

Responsibilities include supporting the Education Director in chopping and cooking fruits and vegetables for the tastings, and/or helping serve the tastings in the cafeteria. Volunteers are expected to keep up-to-date on Schoolyard Farms news and information through newsletters and volunteer refreshers and enrichments.

Volunteers must enjoy being around youth and have enthusiasm for preparing and serving healthy food. Experience and/or interest in food, farming and environmental education is preferred.

*All Vegetable Tasting Prep Cook + Server Volunteers must show proof of their current Food Handler’s Card before they can begin volunteering.

Summer Camp Educator Volunteer

Availability Requirements: Availability Requirements: Mondays-Fridays, June 20 – August 19, between 8am and 4pm. Shifts are 3 hours long. Minimum commitment is 1 shift per week.

The Summer Camp Educator Volunteers will assist the Summer Camp Educators in teaching hands-on lessons in the garden on farming, ecology and healthy eating. They may be asked to lead a group of 8-15 2nd-5th graders in a lesson designed by SYF staff.

Responsibilities include providing for the safety, well-being, and care for the unique needs of campers outdoors. Volunteer educators will help bring camp curriculum to life for high-energy groups of 1st-6th graders, including prep, leadership and clean-up. Volunteers role model healthy eating, active living, and appropriate use of technology. Volunteers observe Schoolyard Farms’ Food Safety, Farm Safety, 1st Aid, and Emergency Protocol. Volunteers commit to consistent attendance, timeliness, and finding own transportation to and from site. Last but not least, volunteers contribute to a safe, inclusive, diverse and fun learning community at Schoolyard Farms.

Volunteers must enjoy being outdoors, rain or shine. Experience and/or interest working with school-aged children, and an interest in food, farming and environmental education is preferred.

How to Apply to be a Volunteer

For all volunteer positions besides the Farm Field Trip Educator Volunteer, fill out the Volunteer Application. We will confirm that we have received your application and invite you to one of our volunteer training days. After you have attended the training day you can begin volunteering!

Volunteer Application

Drop-in Volunteer Days

Swing by the farm at Candy Lane Elementary (5901 SE Hull Ave. Milwaukie, OR. 97267) any Friday in April-October from 1-4pm (from June-August we extend our volunteer hours to 1-5pm) to help with general farm tasks. No need to RSVP, just come by and enjoy the benefits of working outside with your hands!

We occasionally host Drop-in Volunteer Days on the weekends throughout the growing season. Like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with those volunteer opportunities.

About Us

Schoolyard Farms creates healthier communities by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate.
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