Individual Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering for a dynamic and growing non-profit while helping to green your community, you have come to the right place! Learn more about our opportunities below, sign up for our Volunteer eNews and check out our calendar of events.

Park Ambassadors

Do you like art and playable spaces? Do you enjoy talking to the public? Join the Greenway Park Ambassador program for a fun season engaging with our visitors by discussing and gathering perspectives about our contemporary public art program, facilitating play, and leading tours for curious park-goers. This is a dynamic position that provides opportunities to create enriching experiences for adults, families, and kids alike. Park Ambassadors help make The Greenway a favorite place to gather, play, unwind and explore in the heart of Boston. 

Recruitment for the 2019 season is now open and interviews will start in March, with rolling admissions into the spring. Training sessions will begin in late spring and early summer. To apply, please submit a Park Ambassador application.

Regular Horticulture Projects

Many of our volunteers know and love our parks—as their front yard, their lunch-time escape, or a place to relax on the weekends—and they want to make a difference right on the ground. We hold a series of outdoor projects from mid-March to December to work on common gardening tasks such as weeding, raking, mulching, planting, and pruning. These typically occur once a month on weekday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm. 

The specific area that we will be working in that day and any changes due to inclement weather will be sent to you prior to the project. We ask that all volunteers arrive on time and ready to work with closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing that can get dirty. All volunteers are asked to sign a waiver prior to beginning the project, and we will provide gloves, tools, water, and a snack!

Please view our 2019 calendar of projects and e-mail us at to sign up!

Zone Garden Assistants

Looking for a more regular gardening opportunity? Consider joining our Zone Garden program! Zone Garden Assistants work side-by-side with our horticulture team every week in established park zones to accomplish project goals and maintain our beautiful gardens. In this role, you can get to know The Greenway on a more intimate level and experience an area of the park like you never have before! Please read the full position description for this role and express interest by submitting a volunteer application.

Other Individual Opportunities 

We also have some additional opportunities for individuals to be involved. To get started, you can fill out our General Volunteer Application! We also have set job descriptions and responsibilities for the following volunteer positions. 

  • Plant Records Assistant: completing plant inventories, recording phenology information, inputting date (see the volunteer job description)--this opportunity is currently full
  • Special Projects Assistant: working one-on-one in our office to assist with benchmarking, research, and special projects within a specific area (see the volunteer job description)
  • Creative Media Arts: this volunteer team brings outside expertise, ideas and creativity to the table and provides invaluable support in highlighting The Greenway's amazing spaces and stories (see the volunteer job description)
  • Container Watering: Do you live along The Greenway and are looking to give back? Help us water our containers during the warmer months! We provide all of the tools and just ask for an hour or two of your time per week. Please e-mail for more information!

Please get in touch with the Volunteer & Programs Coordinator at if you are interested in any of these opportunities or if you would like to explore other possibilities. As a general note, the volunteer intake process runs more quickly from November to April; from May to October many of our staff are busy out in the parks and response times may be delayed.

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