Volunteer Opportunities



Volunteering in the Greenbelt is a great way to get involved in your community, and it’s a great way to get to know one of New York City’s largest and most beautiful parks.  We are  grateful to our dedicated volunteers whose efforts have a large impact in our parks and at our events. Thank you!

As you might expect, many of our volunteer projects take place outdoors along our trails system and in natural areas.  Volunteers are also a key component at special events such as the High Rock Challenge Adventure Race in April, our fundraising events, and festivities at our Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park.  There are also select indoor opportunities performing clerical or docent duties available.

Saturday, April 14: Restoration on the White Trail – Volunteers will be helping to create a berm that will aid with water run-off, installing a culvert and re-routing portions of the trail that have water damage.  Please meet in front of the Willowbrook Park House, 2 Eton Place, Staten Island, NY , 10314

Sunday, April 22, 8 am Earth Day Trail Clean-up along Amundsen Trail with Friends of Island Trails (FIT) Go here for all the details 

Friday and Saturday, April 27 & 28 – High Rock Challenge 10K Trail Race Join us to be part of this epic trail running/obstacle race. Volunteers assist at water stops and at various spots along the course as well as in our festival area.  We also need helping hands on Thursday and Friday for setting up!  Click here to learn more about the High Rock Challenge. 

Saturday, May 5 – Carousel Opening Day in Willowbrook Park – Join us as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the beginning of “Carousel Season” in the Greenbelt.   Family fun activities are in store, and we need helping hands. Community service credit is available.  Contact: Volunteer@sigreenbelt.org

Saturday, May 19, 10 am – It’s My Park Day – Join us to assist with printing, cleaning, removing invasive plants and spreading wood chips in the Oakwood neighborhood/section of the Greenbelt along the Amundsen Trail.  Click here for details.    Contact us be email: volunteer@sigreenbelt.org if you have questions.

Saturday, May 19:  Forest Restoration Workshop with the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods in the Egbertville Ravine and at High Rock Park – Meet at the entrance to the White Trail (on Meisner Avenue opposite the Bluebelt dam close to the intersec­tion of Manor Road and Rockland Avenue). For our 261st work­shop we will cross the creek in order to remove English Ivy creep­ing up the trees and covering the ground adjacent to Rockland Avenue. We will uproot the vines where possible, and cut it where we cannot pull it out. Should we finish early, we will return to the shed and cut oriental wisteria on the slope at Loosestrife Swamp. Protectors will provide gloves, bags, tools and refreshments. Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information. (Service credit is available.)

Saturday, June 9, 10 am – Trail Restoration. Join us to assist with the installation of cribbing and stairs to help alleviate erosion. We will also be removing invasive plants. Please meet at the intersection of Lowell and Ashworth Avenues, Staten Island. NY. Tools and work gloves will be provided.  Contact us through email if you have questions: volunteer@sigreenbelt.org 

Additional opportunities: Do you have computer, photography and/or digital skills, and some free time to assist with public relations projects?  If interested, please email us here with your cover letter and a short resume.

The Greenbelt works with the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference and Protectors of Pine Oak Woods to help maintain the park’s extensive trail system.  Our volunteer trail maintenance team members “adopt” part of a trail and are responsible for its upkeep throughout the year.  This important work supplements the work of the Greenbelt maintenance and operation division.

The Greenbelt works with students and scout groups that are required to volunteer in order to earn school credit or merit badges.

Please email our volunteer coordinator Jeanne.paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov or call Greenbelt headquarters at (718) 667-2165, ext. 311 to request a volunteer application and project schedule.

For volunteer opportunities in other New York City parks, click here