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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 a particular 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.
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.
Our 6th Annual day of service for the Hudson River will be returning on Saturday, May 6, 2017, and we need community members like you to make it possible.
We are looking for community members across NYC and the Hudson Valley to help coordinate local cleanups, tree plantings, and park maintenance projects.
Are you a long-time Sweep Leader or interested in learning more? Sign up on our 2017 Sweep Leader Interest Form and we will send you more information.
Check out our Riverkeeper Sweep page to learn more about this annual event.
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!
We are looking for new Citizen Samplers!
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.
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.
We are looking for new citizen scientists across the Hudson Valley!
Specifically additional help is needed on the Saw Mill River, Catskill Creek, and Pocantico River
To learn more about our Water Quality program please visit the campaign page at the top of your browser.
Dan Shapley & Jen Epstein
The volunteer will assist at our lab in Kingston, NY, on days when community scientists are gathering samples in the Rondout, Wallkill, Esopus and Catskill creeks. The volunteer will greet people arriving with samples; check to ensure that the proper samples were taken and that sampling time and location information are recorded accurately and completely; communicate with lab staff to make sure that samples are processed within required time limits; assist lab staff with keeping samples and workflow organized; and record field observations made by samplers.
The time commitment will be roughly 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each sampling day. Riverkeeper is seeking a volunteer who can commit to all sampling dates to ensure consistency. Key attributes we need in this volunteer are attention to detail and personability. Volunteer must be able to climb stairs, and should be able to lift coolers full of ice.
Must be available 6 Thursdays and 6 Saturdays:
Six Thursdays: May 11, June 8, July 6, August 10, September 7 and October 12
Six Saturdays: May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9 and October 14
Please contact Jen at email@example.com.
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.
We do not have any office volunteer positions available at this time. Please check back.
Host a screening of documentary filmmaker, Jon Bowermaster’s recent short documentary: A Pipeline Runs Through It explores the dangers of the AIM pipeline and Pilgrim Pipelines projects. Check out our Check out our screening toolkit, and signup here to get more information about hosting a screening.