You can sign up by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or 617-603-7737. Advanced notice is requested for anyone who wants to help out at volunteer events or opportunities.
We send a Volunteer eNewsletter out throughout our season with information on upcoming volunteer opportunities! Click here to sign up for these emails.
We offer a range of volunteer opportunities to try to engage people of all ages. Volunteer opportunities are available for people of all ages. All volunteers must sign a waiver and anyone under 18 needs to have their parent or guardian sign a waiver prior to volunteering. In general, our horticulture projects are for volunteers ages 14 and above,and any volunteer younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We also host several special project days for students and families. If you are interested in getting your student or child involved, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many wonderful benefits to volunteering! Here are just few examples:
Most of our volunteer projects are designed to suit a range of skill sets and do not require any special knowledge or skills. During our Horticulture projects, our talented staff provides instruction and training at the beginning of the project.
For other volunteer opportunities, special skills or experience may be required or desired. Speaking other languages, a background in horticulture or education, experience with administrative and office skills, and other professional expertise can all be very helpful. For volunteer assignments that require certain skills, the job description will outline qualifications and a specialized application form will ask for more information on these areas.
Individual volunteers are already donating their time and there is no requirement that volunteers make a financial contribution. However, many volunteers enjoy the benefits and involvement that come from becoming a Greenway member and we encourage our volunteers to support us in this way!
We do ask corporate volunteer groups to make a contribution when planning their group volunteer day. Click here for more information on our group volunteer program.
The Volunteer Program was first started to offer hands-on assistance to the Horticulture team by helping with light gardening tasks. This is still our largest program and more information can be found in the below FAQs or our on website.
We are in the process of assessing our needs and expanding the Volunteer Program to assist in other areas of the Greenway Conservancy. In particular, we have an Arts Ambassador volunteer opportunity to support our Public Art Strategy and the aerial sculpture installation by Janet Echelman.
For the most up-to-date information on our current volunteer opportunities please visit our Individual Opportunities page or sign up for our Volunteer eNewsletter, which is sent out once a month and highlights all upcoming opportunities! You can also contact our Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com) with any specific questions.
These workdays are pre-set for the year and typically occur every other week from March to December to help our Horticulture staff with the maintenance of our plants and park spaces. Horticulture is the science or art of garden cultivation and management. Most volunteer workdays focus on a specific area of the park and volunteers assist with general gardening tasks, such as weeding, mulching, raking, dead-heading, or planting. Maintaining our park organically takes a lot of helping hands and horticulture workdays are a great way to make a visible contribution to the Greenway!
In order to provide the highest quality experience for our volunteers, and to have the necessary tools and safety equipment for each participant, we request that all volunteers sign-up at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-603-7737.
All of our volunteers are expected to arrive at the designated location on time and ready to work, and must sign a waiver. Horticulture volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes and should wear weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty. We also love to see volunteers having fun and asking questions if they don’t understand something or if they are curious about anything related to the project or the park!
Many of our tasks do involve bending and lifting. We try our best to make accommodations for individuals with physical limitations. Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions in this regard.
Different projects require different numbers of volunteers. On our individual volunteer days we try to have approximately 10-15 people. Our corporate and group opportunities can accommodate anywhere from 10-30 people. Due to the size of our park and our Horticulture staff, we are not able to accomodate volunteer groups larger than 30 people.
Projects happen at various locations throughout the Greenway. Because we base our projects on current park needs, we typically choose a final location several days before the project. Once you have signed up for a volunteer project, the Volunteer Coordinator will let you know the final meeting location no later than 2:00PM on the day before the project.
Volunteer workdays are typically scheduled on select Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 9:00AM to 12:00Noon, with a rain date of the following day.We also schedule several Saturdays and after-work sessions throughout the season. Check the Individual Opportunities page for more information.
Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes and we suggest that you wear weather appropriate clothing that you do not mind getting dirty.
We typically only reschedule our opportunities if the weather is dangerous or prevents us from completing the project. This means that we do work in the rain and snow if it is not impeding the project.
If the weather is severe and we decide to cancel the project, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about rescheduling. We typically schedule rain dates for the same time and place on the following day. If you are unsure about the weather, or if you feel you cannot make it to the project because of the weather, please contact email@example.com.