Volunteer

Looking to become a volunteer? Here are some of the ways you can join in!

Get Involved – Volunteer With Us!

Volunteerism is at the heart of the Conservancy’s mission to conserve, improve, and beautify Riverside Park.

Community involvement is essential to the park’s well-being, and our Grassroots Volunteer Program guides individuals and groups of all ages and skill levels in making meaningful contributions to the park’s overall care.

Visit our calendar to learn about upcoming drop-in volunteer opportunities. You are welcome to register and join us for our weekly, monthly, or annual volunteer events. This is a great way to get started as a park volunteer — it provides an opportunity for you to get to know the program and for us to get to know you.

Check back often, as volunteer projects and details are updated frequently!

For any questions, please contact grassroots@riversideparknyc.org

Group Volunteer Opportunities

The Conservancy has worked with volunteer groups since its inception in 1986, and we would be delighted to welcome your group to the Park! Projects are a great way for students, colleagues, and collaborators to bond with one another while giving back to the earth and to the community.

What Your Group Can Do

Projects and times are tailored to meet your group’s interests, and activities will depend on the time of year and current park needs. Your group can choose to work in the park on an ongoing basis, several times a year, or just once per year.

Corporate Groups

Companies and businesses benefit immensely from bringing their staff into the Park for a day of teambuilding in the great outdoors – and Riverside Park reaps the benefits, too! You can fill out the form below and click here to learn more about options for corporate groups.

Community Groups, Schools, Clubs, Other Organizations

Small non-profits, clubs, and educational groups can volunteer in a number of ways. They can help pull weeds, spread wood chips, prune shrubs, clean up the coast line, paint wrought iron fences, and more inside Riverside Park. Email marcus@riversideparknyc.org if you are interested in exploring this with your group!

Individual and Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

ParkTenders
ParkTenders are dedicated volunteers with horticultural knowledge make a long-term commitment to maintaining existing green areas, park entrances, steps and walkways.

PlacePartners
PlacePartners are individuals who wish to work in one particular location, but are unable to volunteer on a regular basis. PlacePartners work assist existing ParkTenders or Conservancy staff, and/or help a pre-existing volunteer group that tends a specific area.

ParkRovers
ParkRovers volunteers help throughout the park on a sporadic basis as needs emerge and as their schedule allows. Great option for someone who wants to be involved from time to time but cannot make a commitment to regular/frequent volunteer sessions.

Park User Groups
Volunteer-led “Park User Groups” naturally formed over time as neighbors organized and worked together to care for certain sites in the Park. These groups collaborate with Riverside Park Conservancy to steward and advocate for an anchor location in the Park. Park User Groups function like ParkTenders, but volunteers work as a team and often expand their activities to include fundraising, advocacy for City investment, and engaging in communications with the public.