VOLUNTEERS

New Volunteer Opportunities!

Following a three-month pause in our volunteer season due to COVID-19we are pleased to resume volunteer activities at Randall’s Island ParkWe will be offering volunteer opportunities for individuals and small groups (fewer than 10 people) to help us responsibly care for and preserve the Park. 

Your work will help us keep Randall’s Island Park a vibrant and wonderful place for all New Yorkers to enjoy! All volunteer opportunities will conform to the NYC Parks Volunteer Guidelines and incorporate social distancing practices. To learn more about how you can help click here to fill out our volunteer interest form or contact  Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Velazquez.

RIPA earned an “Outstanding Project Management” award from Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks for our volunteer projects!

How do I volunteer?

Individual Opportunities

Consider joining our staff in a variety of park projects.  Together we’ll work to care for our natural areas, beautiful gardens, and our one-acre Urban Farm.  To find out how you can help with daytoday operations on Randalls Island, fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we will personally reach out to you soon about upcoming volunteer opportunities. For more information, please contact RIPA Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Velazquez.

Corporate Groups

Employees from many corporations each year come to the Park to care for the Island’s green space. Corporate volunteer events are a wonderful way to build team spirit and to invigorate staff through time out in the open air! RIPA’s dedicated and experience staff will efficiently manage your corporate volunteer project to ensure a rewarding day.

At this time, we are only offering volunteer opportunities for small groups (fewer than 10 people).

Community Groups, Schools and Non-Profit Registration

To register your group please complete the volunteer registration form; a member of our Public Programs team will follow up shortly about volunteer opportunities at Randall’s Island Park. For more information, please contact RIPA Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Velazquez.

At this time, we are only offering volunteer opportunities for small groups (fewer than 10 people).

Service Learning

RIPA hosts school groups and community-based organizations for service learning events, as a component of our Urban Farm and Waterfront Stewardship programs – and as part of our new Park-as-Lab (PAL) focus. These events combine community service with an educational component to create a positive and beneficial context for the volunteer project; students leave both with knowledge and a sense of accomplishment through having given back to their community.

What do volunteers do?

Natural Areas

In 2008, RIPA successfully restored over nine acres of salt marsh and freshwater wetland. Wetlands are a valuable ecological resource because they improve water quality, provide flood control and coastal protection during storm events, and provide habitat for local and migratory birds, fish, insects, and bivalves. In addition to these wetlands, Randall’s Island also comprises nearly five miles of shoreline. Both the wetlands and shorelines require thousands of hours of maintenance and upkeep each year. In order to keep these waterfront areas properly maintained, the Natural Areas Crew relies on the assistance of friends and fans of the Park. As a volunteer, you will weed the wetlands of invasive plant species, plant native trees, shrubs and grasses, rehabilitate wetland pathways through mulching, or comb the wetlands and shoreline for trash and debris. We have clean up days in the spring and fall; please visit the event page for information.

Horticulture

Randall’s Island Park is home to dozens of unique gardens, green streets, and lawns. These gardens provide Park visitors a quiet and tranquil space while providing habitat for insects and birds. As a volunteer with the Horticulture Crew, you will have the chance to plant bulbs along the many lawns, weed beautifully landscaped gardens or plant street trees around our ball fields that will provide shade to grateful athletes. Your work in the gardens will be enjoyed and appreciated by Park visitors for years to come.

Urban Farm

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s Urban Farm is a 40,000 SF environmentally-sustainable garden and outdoor classroom at Randall’s Island Park. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work directly with the Urban Farmers to help plant, compost and harvest fresh produce.

Volunteer Resources

Things to keep in mind: 

  • Each volunteer is required to sign RIPA’s Volunteer Waiver.
  • Water will be provided for all volunteer events.
  • All necessary tools and equipment will be provided for volunteers.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Long pants are recommended.
  • Closed-toed shoes are required.
  • Projects happen RAIN OR SHINE, barring unsafe conditions.