Volunteer With Us!


Volunteering is fun, rewarding, and most of all, easy to do.

We're looking for both experienced kayakers as well as newbies to join our core group of volunteers. The Kayak Program Season runs from beginning of June until the end of August. There are lots of tasks involved with running a public paddling program, so if you're interested in helping us out, please sign up to volunteer (or to the right of this page). We send out emails each week requesting volunteers for shifts. There's no minimum commitment—come down and help us out when you can! 

What jobs will I be doing?
The Boathouse runs a number of programs every week throughout the summer, the largest is our Free Public Walk-Up Kayaking Program, Kayak Polo and a Youth Kayak Program. During a 3hr shift, volunteers can expect to help set up, give instructions to public paddlers, help paddlers in and out of boats, or assist in other tasks to keep the program running smoothly. Volunteer as often as you can — no pressure.

Do I need to know how to paddle?
Nope. No experience needed. We'll teach you everything you need to know. 
But, if you do have experience as a paddler, we will definitely make use of your skills!

I volunteered. Great. What do I get?
Besides our love and the feeling of doing something positive for the community, you also
get access to special kayaking trips around the NY Harbor, classes to help improve your paddling skills, and our boathouse social events. Jobs, Colleges or High Schools that encourage volunteering — we’re a not-for-profit all-volunteer organization.

How do I get started?
For starters —sign up for volunteering by entering your email to the right of this page or go directly here.
We send out an email with the latest News, Shifts, Trips, Training and Misc. Events at the beginning of every week.

Once you signed up as a Volunteer,  you will then go to SignUp Genius to select the shift, or scheduled trip or training session. (initial account set-up required). SignUp Genius allows you to sign up for volunteer shifts all summer in advance, receive email/text reminders for upcoming shifts, and much more! To sign up for a specific shift:

  1. Click a date.
  2. Add your info (If you plan on joining us over the course of the summer, it might be worth creating an account to see all the dates you've signed up for in one place!).
  3. Show up, and have fun!

If you have any questions about the sign up process, you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@bbpboathouse.org.

Get Started:
First sign up to be a Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse Volunteer
Then go to SignUp Genius to select the shift, or scheduled trip or training session. (initial account set-up required).

Check out our Trips & Training page for more information on kayaking activities.


See you out on the water this summer!