Volunteer Opportunities this Summer

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.

Wednesday, July 11, 10 am, High Rock Park.  Invasive plant removal.  Details are here.

Tuesdays beginning July 17: Forest Stewards – Volunteer opportunity for adults and teens at a the Greenbelt Nature Center – get your hands dirty while caring for the land.  All the details are here. 

Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 am: Woodland Restoration/Invasive Plant Removal in High Rock Park.  All details are here. 

Saturday, July 21, 10am: Forest Restoration with the Protector of Pine Oak Woods. All details are here. 

Saturday, August 18, 10 am: Forest Restoration Workshop along the La Tourette bike bath with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, an all volunteer group that helps keep our trails in great hiking condition.  All details are here. 

Saturday, September 8, 6 am – 6 pm (You will choose a time that works for you.) The Little Big Day Bird Count with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods – throughout Staten Island.  Go here for all the details. 

Save the date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8 am: Fall Flat 5K – Race assistants needed for various tasks.

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