Volunteer Opportunities: Help out at the High Rock Challenge & Carousel Opening Day!



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.

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

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