Join Riverkeeper’s Volunteer Team! At Riverkeeper we appreciate and depend on the ongoing support our volunteers provide us with. We believe in the necessity and the right of citizens to play a primary role in the protection of their local environment. To put that belief into action, we offer the following volunteer positions in which you can help Riverkeeper and act on your passion for a clean Hudson River free of pollution and protecting the quality of drinking water for over 9 million New Yorkers!
Please review the below opportunities and fill out our required volunteer form and make sure to note if you are interested in aparticular volunteer opportunity. We have several volunteer opportunities available from public education to service projects to citizen science. Click the opportunity of your choosing below for a complete listing.
Attending community events is an important way for Riverkeeper to build awareness about our work and recruit new clean water advocates, members, and volunteers to be a part of this movement.
Community Outreach Representatives will research community events, professionally represent Riverkeeper, recruit new volunteers and mobilize their neighbors into action. Representatives will be responsible helping with event logistics (getting materials to and back from the office) and must be able to provide their own transportation.
We welcome anyone passionate about Riverkeeper’s mission to become a Community Outreach Representative. We will provide training either through a webinar, in person training or through a community outreach leader at your event and a supply of promotional materials to distribute at events. Knowledge of environmental science and estuary wide issues is preferred, although not required.
Click here to sign up for an outreach and education event!
Service opportunities allow river lovers to get their hands dirty with stewardship! Riverkeeper and partners offer opportunities most months of the year to care for the Hudson. Below you will find upcoming events with a description of the project and a link to register for the event. We can’t wait to see you out on river!
Tree Planting on the Moodna Creek
DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 8 from 10am-1pm (latecomers and partial day volunteers all welcome).
WHAT: Join Riverkeeper and the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Initiative to replant the streams of Moodna Creek in Schunnemunk Mountain State Park in New Windsor. These trees help protect water quality, fish and wildlife, and also reduce erosion and flooding. For novices, expert help will be available. We hope you will come out to lend a hand!
WHAT TO WEAR: Something you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Also a hat. And comfortable shoes for planting that you don’t mind getting wet.
Full for the rest of the 2014 season, please reach out to join the 2015 team.
In partnership with citizen samplers, we test select tributaries of the Hudson for fecal-indicating bacteria and other water quality indicators. Riverkeeper will train you to provide the vital information we need to protect water quality. Generally we have needs for citizen samplers on Esopus Creek, the Wallkill River, Catskill Creek, Rondout Creek, Pocantico River, and Sparkill Creek.
Our citizen scientists coordinate with the Riverkeeper patrol boat each month to deliver a sample taken from a specific spot on a tributary at the same time each month. The sampler records recent weather and that information and the sample is delivered to the boat. There, a 24 hour incubation period for entero take place and the number of fecal-indicating cells is counted by our on-board water quality testing lab.
Citizen scientists must be reliable and ready to commit the same day every month to delivering samples to the patrol boat. Samplers must have their own transportation.
To learn more about our Water Quality program please visit the campaign page at the top of your browser.
The Riverkeeper Ambassador Program is a community-oriented, grassroots, environmental program designed to raise awareness about the needs of the Hudson River and it’s tributaries, and the drinking water supply of New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.
Ambassadors are considered informal representatives and advocates that fight for Riverkeeper’s cause by raising funds, increasing membership, hosting events, volunteering and/or making presentations to community organizations, schools and clubs to educate students and citizens about watershed issues and empower them to get involved.
Becoming a Riverkeeper Ambassador requires commitment and passion to fight for the Hudson. To become part of the Ambassador program one must have a strong knowledge of issues facing the river and unique skills that further the mission of Riverkeeper. This includes: GIS mapping capabilities, fundraising skills, writing, legal research, graphic design and video including: Adobe indesign, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.
If you are bilingual in english and spanish please let us know. Your help in translation and outreach will help us reach new audiences and inform them of the public health threats they face.
To find out more, click the link below!
Running an office is no small task! We are a small staff of dedicated individuals and we are looking for volunteers to help run our day to day activities. Working in our office is also a great way to get to know staff members.
Tasks include general office maintenance, mail sorting, envelope stuffing, thank you letter writing, data entry, and special event support.
Experience working in an office setting, organized, able to pay close attention to detail.
Save the date for the 2015 Riverkeeper Sweep on May 9th, our fourth annual day of service for the Hudson River.
In 2014, a record 1,900 volunteers turned out in 82 locations to remove more than 31 tons of trash.
Check back for details. If you want to build a team and organize your own service project in your community, please contact Dana Gulley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reaching all members of the community is important not only for furthering the cleanup of the Hudson, but for protecting the public health of river users. We are seeking bilingual volunteers to help us reach the Hispanic communities of NYC and the Hudson Valley to better educate and engage this community on risks to their health and to the river.
We need consistent support translating fact sheets, reports, blogs and other materials that help us get the word out about Riverkeeper. We also need bilingual Community Outreach Representatives to attend our events with large spanish speaking populations, allowing us to educate and engage a whole new community.
Bilingual Ambassadors must be fluent or proficient in english and spanish. For translation projects a native speaker or fluency in spanish is recommended. For events fluency is prefered but proficiency is helpful and appreciated. Please contact Jeremy at email@example.com.