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.
Tabling is a critical Ambassador and volunteer opportunity. We rely on you to extend our reach across the estuary to farmers markets, festivals and fairs. Below are a list of events, with links to sign up for a tabling role. Once you click on the link, please sign up for the event(s) you would like to volunteer at.
April 25: Bear Mountain Zoo Earth Day
April 25 & 26: Green Festival NYC (Manhattan)
May 16: Coxsackie Earth Day Festival (Greene)
May 24: Piermont Farmers Market (Rockland)
May 31: McGolrick Park Farmers Market (NYC)
June 6: Cornwall RiverFest (Orange)
June 7: Croton Farmers Market (Westchester)
June 7: Park Slope Farmers Market (NYC)
June 13: Delmar Farmers Market (Albany)
June 13: Ossining Village Fair (Westchester)
June 20 & 21: Clearwater Festival (Westchester)
June 27: Morningside Park Farmers Market (NYC)
June 27: Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market (NYC)
August 1: Delmar Farmers Market (Albany)
August 8: Ossining Farmers Market (Westchester)
August 9: Piermont Farmers Market (Rockland)
You will receive an email a week ahead of your event with logistics and contact information of fellow volunteers. At that point, “leaders” are responsible for calling their “volunteers” and making sure you are both on the same page. Leaders are also responsible for coordinating with Riverkeeper to pick up or receive tabling materials.
Would you like to be one of our super-volunteers, taking Riverkeeper’s mission and education to new places? Our team will present a webinar, “Riverkeeper Ambassador 101” Wednesday, April 8 between 7:00-7:45pm to show you how. This follows up on our inaugural Ambassador Workshops that trained 61 Ambassadors in Albany, Esopus, Beacon, Ossining and Manhattan over the winter.
What is an Ambassador?
Riverkeeper Ambassadors are made up of Riverkeeper Sweep leaders, citizen scientists, community partners, and concerned citizens who wish to support Riverkeeper and activate their communities to help deliver a swimmable, fishable and clean Hudson to future generations
As an Ambassador, at somepoint you will be asked, “What is Riverkeeper?” and “How did you become involved with Riverkeeper?” This webinar is designed to guide you through answering those questions succinctly and adequately. Learn more on our blog here.
Riverkeeper values the commitment and passion of our volunteer and Ambassadors. We truly believe that “knowledge is power” and the more our Ambassadors and volunteers learn, the more effective we can be together.
Below is a list of upcoming events to help you acquire the knowledge you need to advocate for clean water and a healthy Hudson. Please email Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend an event, you may be asked to help.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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!
Invasive Vine Cutting at Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Reports to: Emily Cheadle
Dates: March 15
Opportunity: Riverkeeper is helping to promote a Rockefeller Preserve service project. We want to help them find all the volunteers they need. Both Rockefeller Preserve and Riverkeeper are among the partners in a collaborative effort to protect and restore the Pocantico River watershed.
Learn more: http://www.rsppvolunteers.blogspot.com/2014/12/rockefeller-state-park-preserve-winter.html
Contact: Emily.Cheadle@parks.ny.gov or (914) 631-1470
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.
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.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Chloe Heintz 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.