Ways to Get Involved

Like to get your hands dirty? Love trees? Believe in social, racial, and economic justice? Join our network and support Boston's urban forest. There are so many ways to get involved.

Volunteers planting a tree. Photo: SFTTB

Looking to help grow and sustain Boston’s urban forest? Get involved in one of our programs below

Looking to see if we’re hiring? Scroll to the bottom of the page.

Fill out this form to sign up as a volunteer

How you can support Boston's urban forest

  • Donate

    Your generous donation supports and grows Boston's urban forest as a tool to build stronger, healthier, and greener neighborhoods

    Donate here
  • Tree Giveaways

    We provide free trees to residents of Boston to plant in their yards. We're always seeking community partners in under-canopied neighborhoods to partner for our giveaways.

    Tree Giveaways
  • Teen Urban Tree Corps

    Are you a Boston teen looking to learn more about urban forestry? Our 6-week summer program provides paid opportunities to learn, grow, and give back to the community

    Teen Urban Tree Corps
  • Volunteer

    Our volunteers (or volunTREErs) play a critical role in keeping Boston's trees healthy and happy.

    Residential VolunTREErs
  • Boston Urban Forest Friends

    Boston Urban Forest Friends (BUFF) is a coalition of organizations, community groups, and individuals focused on increasing partnerships and collaboration around growing Boston’s urban canopy.

    Boston Urban Forest Friends
  • Current Opportunities

  • Tree planting

    Have a site in need of some trees? Fill out our tree planting proposal form.

  • Current Job Openings

  • Community Tree Specialist

    Speak for the Trees is hiring for a full time Community Tree Specialist. The‌ Community Tree Specialist will lead the organization’s projects related to tree siting, tree planting, and tree care. This will include scoping and selecting sites at the parcel level for tree planting, determining the best tree species for each site, and developing programs to support training of staff and volunteers on best practices regarding tree planting and tree care.

    The ideal candidate will have a love for nature and trees, a commitment to issues of environmental justice, a knowledge of tree care, tree planting, and trees species (especially of the Northeast), and a passion for working collaboratively.

    For more details and instructions on how to apply, read the full job description.

  • MassCEC Internships


    Every spring, summer, and fall semester we seek 2-3 interns to help with communication and event planting. Interns work closely with staff to write newsletters, blog posts, and social media, assist with event coordination, and do research, outreach, and other activities as needed. You can read more about the opportunity on the MassCEC website.

    Details: Pay is $18/hour for 12-16 hours per week for the fall and spring semesters and approximately 30 hours / week during the summer semester. Interns are expected to come to the office, 1/week during the semester and 2-3 times / week during the summer. To apply, please fill out online form. (Please note: you must be a Massachusetts college or graduate student or recent graduate for this internship.)

  • Board members

    Board Member Openings


    Passionate about environmental justice and equity? We are actively growing our board. Link to the board description.

  • Browse our calendar for upcoming events, webinars, and more.

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