Seasonal Volunteer Program Associate (FT)

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Start Date: April 1  Compensation: $21/hour

Riverside Park Conservancy is looking for enthusiastic field-based staff to provide on the ground support for our Grassroots Volunteer Program and our busy spring and summer volunteer events schedule. Associates must be able to perform physically demanding tasks, interact well with volunteers and the public, and be positive, flexible, organized, and an excellent communicator. 


  • Lead and run support on 80 volunteer events over the course of the season, including removing debris and managing inventory of volunteer supplies, tools, and materials. Must be comfortable talking in front of a group and giving clear direction; instruct volunteers in proper techniques, a successful project outcome, and the care and use of tools.
  • Maintain a high level of organization in managing inventory of tools and supplies for volunteer programming.
  • Manage volunteer engagement during projects, ensure they are respecting the space and notifying chain of command if an issue arises.
  • Lead weekly PlacePartner Opportunities for new/recurring volunteers, working closely with Field Supervisors to determine appropriate project locations.
  • Foster working relationships with RPC’s Volunteer ParkTenders; support ParkTenders with spring and fall plant deliveries, fence installations, debris collection, and other relevant maintenance tasks.
  • As needed, support park projects that may include the following: collect and remove trash and debris; sweep paths and stairs; install and maintain temporary fencing.
  • Operate and properly maintain tools and equipment including driving a truck with a trailer.
  • Perform occasional administrative support for Volunteer Department and other assigned duties.


  • Passion for volunteerism, community engagement, and environmental restoration/horticultural work, including planting and caring for plants, shrubs, trees, and lawns, and general grounds keeping as described above;
  • 1 year relevant work experience that demonstrates transferable skills to this role;
  • 30 credits, at least 15 of them in environmental science, horticulture, or a related field, from an accredited college or community college, or education and/or experience equivalent.
  • Familiarity working in a public and outdoor space. Demonstrated experience in working with volunteers, public speaking, or customer service.
  • Additional areas of specialization in environmental science, landscaping, and volunteer stewardship a plus.

Additional Information

Please email resume to with the subject line: “Seasonal Volunteer Program Associate” 

Contact Information

Riverside Park Conservancy
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