Become a Neighborhood Ambassador!
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is: How can I volunteer to help harvest fruit during the Great Seattle Fruit Harvest? This year, we’re launching City Fruit’s Neighborhood Ambassador Volunteer Program. This is a unique opportunity to help get more fruit from the trees/orchards and to community members! This will help us expand our reach and hopefully feed more people.
Neighborhood Ambassadors will help with harvest operations in their respective neighborhoods in Seattle. This is a rare opportunity to join the harvest team, get hands-on-training, and have the rewarding experience of serving the community during these challenging times.
About the Great Seattle Fruit Harvest:
City Fruit helps tree owners grow healthy fruit, providing assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, while also promoting and coordinating the sharing of extra fruit. This both diverts waste while also providing healthy produce to people in our community. Last year City Fruit harvested approximately 36,000 pounds of fruit grown right here in the city. We estimate that this fruit fed 25,000 people.
The Ideal Ambassador Will:
- Enjoy working outdoors
- Be able to commit 4-5 hours/week from July 6th to September 7th
- Be expected to maintain timely and professional communication with City Fruit staff
- Be able to distribute fruit to local partners in a timely manner
- Be passionate about Food Justice
Note: You may sign up as a pair or family, so when one person is not available the other(s) can still harvest… or you can harvest together!
What Ambassadors Can Expect from City Fruit:
Each Neighborhood Ambassador will receive training and support from City Fruit. Ambassadors will be equipped with the necessary tools for harvesting along with City Fruit volunteer badges and vests. Neighborhood Ambassadors will receive a complimentary City Fruit Membership, priority registration to our 2021 Master Fruit Tree Steward class, and 2 tickets to our annual Celebrates event in the Fall.
Neighborhood Ambassadors must provide their own transportation, as well as a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
Be physically able to perform the duties of a harvesting fruit, including:
- Climbing and carrying ladders
- Carrying and picking fruit (25-40 lbs.)
- Loading and unloading tools
Please send a short email to [email protected]. In the email, please provide information on: why you want to join the Ambassador Program, what neighborhood are you a part of, and your availability during the harvest season. Feel free to reach out to Juan with any questions you may have as well.
Things to Note:
After sending your email, you should expect a response within a week to schedule a phone interview. This year, we’ll only be on-boarding one ambassador per neighborhood. There will be an orientation/training day on Saturday, June 20th.