Board Position Details

Board of Directors - Hoyt Arboretum Friends

Close Date: 03/05/2021

The Hoyt Arboretum Friends is recruiting for several open Board positions to begin in 2021.  Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF) is a member-supported, non-profit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation to manage Hoyt Arboretum. HAF's mission is to maintain and improve Hoyt Arboretum and its collections for all people through advocacy, resources, awareness and education.

HAF manages the Visitor Center and volunteer resources, promotes the arboretum, plans special events, publishes visitor information, provides ways for the public to engage with the Arboretum and provides critical financial support for Hoyt Arboretum operations, maintenance and capital improvements.

We offer various programs to engage visitors at the park and local students.  In 2019, we hosted 4,200 local elementary school students at Hoyt for field trips.  85% of students were visiting Hoyt for the first time and 65% came from Title 1 schools around the region with the support of our funding that covers trip fees and school buses.  We also offer classes and tours for adults as well as guided hikes.  In 2019, volunteers invested over 11,000 hours at Hoyt Arboretum.  

Members of the HAF Board are volunteers committed to providing sustainable, accountable and collaborative leadership, planning, supervision and evaluation for all of HAF’s operations to ensure it fulfills its mission.  The emphasis is on raising funds, making friends, advocating for the arboretum and helping to introduce Hoyt Arboretum to new audiences.  Board members are elected by the Board to two-year terms and may serve a maximum of three terms.  HAF’s Board is committed to DEAI work, and so all Board members are expected to participate in group trainings and discussions.

We are seeking applicants with experience in any of the following areas.  Most importantly, applicants should have a passion for the arboretum’s mission.  We welcome applicants with experience in:  non-profit management and fundraising, education including outdoor education, horticulture and landscaping, finance, communications and marketing and connections with diverse communities or culturally specific organizations in the Portland area to support our DEAI outreach efforts.  We are working to strengthen the board by recruiting members with diverse lived experience to bring their important perspectives to our leadership and to shape organizational priorities moving forward. Please don't let a lack of prior board experience discourage you from learning more about volunteering for the board at Hoyt Arboretum.

For more information, contact Anna Goldrich at or at 503-823-1648.    

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