VOLUNTEERS

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 GuidelinesTo learn more about how you can help, click here to fill out our volunteer interest form or email us.

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 Randall’s Island, fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we will personally reach out to you soon about upcoming volunteer opportunities. For more information, please email [email protected]

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.

Click here to download the Corporate Volunteer Brochure!

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 email [email protected]

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 Volunteer Days

Volunteer with RIPA’s Natural Areas Team. Spend the morning working with our Natural Areas team as they care for and restore our natural spaces on the Island. Please see the Events Calendar for specific dates. Registration is required. For individual adult volunteers click here.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their legal guardian before starting any work. Children under 16 must also have an adult with them while volunteering (please contact [email protected] for a copy of the waiver).

Anyone under the age of 14 interested in volunteering, please see the Events Calendar for additional volunteer opportunities including the 2nd Saturday of the month on the Urban Farm.

For information about bringing a community or corporate group please complete an interest form on our website.

Horticulture Volunteer Days

Volunteer with RIPA’s Horticulture Team and spend the morning keeping the Randall’s Island beautiful! Our Horticulture team cares of the many gardens and meadows on Randall’s Island, and they can always use an extra hand maintaining these resources. Please see the Events Calendar for specific dates. Registration is required. For individual adult volunteers click here.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their legal guardian before starting any work. Children under 16 must also have an adult with them while volunteering (please contact [email protected] for a copy of the waiver).

Anyone under the age of 14 interested in volunteering, please see the Events Calendar for additional volunteer opportunities including the 2nd Saturday of the month on the Urban Farm.

For information about bringing a community or corporate group please complete an interest form on our website. minor waiver form

Urban Farm Volunteers

Join us for some fun at Randall’s Island Urban Farm. Spend the morning helping our farm team manage our one-acre Urban Farm. Most Sundays, April – October; 10AM-1PM. Please see the Events Calendar for specific dates. We ask that you arrive at 10AM and commit to assist with farm tasks for at least 2 hours.

Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their legal guardian before starting. Children under 16 must have an adult volunteer with them during their time on the farm. (please contact [email protected] for a copy of the waiver).

All ages welcome to our Open Farm Days held once a month on the second Saturday (see the calendar for dates and times). No more than 2 children under 10 per adult volunteer.

For information about bringing a community or corporate group please complete an interest form on our website.

Open Farm Volunteer Days

All ages welcome to our Open Farm Days held once a month on the second Saturday (see the calendar for dates and times).

Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their legal guardian before starting. Volunteers under the age of 16 years old must have an adult volunteer working alongside them during their time on the farm. No more than 2 children under 10 per adult volunteer. Please contact [email protected] for a copy of the waiver.

For information about bringing a community or corporate group please complete an interest form on our website.

Team River Volunteers

Volunteer with the Team RIVER (Randall’s Island Volunteer Ecological Restorers) and spend the morning keeping Randall’s Island beautiful! All people who volunteer regularly with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance will be presented opportunities to learn plant identification skills, enjoy volunteer appreciation events, attend an occasional seminar on relevant subjects with an expert guest speaker and share their own relevant expertise. If you are only able to volunteer on a limited basis, you are still very much welcome! For individual adult volunteers click here.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their legal guardian before starting any work. Children under 16 must also have an adult with them while volunteering (please contact [email protected] for a copy of the waiver).

Anyone under the age of 14 interested in volunteering, please see the Events Calendar for additional volunteer opportunities including the 2nd Saturday of the month on the Urban Farm. For information about bringing a community or corporate group please complete an interest form on our website.

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.