Volunteer at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse


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. There are lots of tasks involved with running a public paddling program, so if you're interested in helping us out, please sign up for our volunteer newsletter (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!

Come to one of our upcoming Volunteer Orientations to learn more!

Volunteer Orientation
Sat. May 6th, Sun. 7th: 10am - 11am
Sat. May 13th: 10am - 11am
Thurs. May 18th: 6pm - 7pm

Program Leader Training
Sat. May 6th, Sun. 7th: 11am - 12pm
Sat. May 13th: 11am - 12pm


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

From there you will be instructed to select the shift, or scheduled trip or training using SignUpGenius. (initial account set-up required). SignUpGenius 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.

What jobs will I be doing?
The Boathouse runs a number of programs throughout the summer. The largest is our public walk-up kayaking program, which happens every week during the season. During a shift, volunteers can expect to help set up, give instructions to public paddlers, help paddlers in and out of boats, and assist in other tasks to keep the program running smoothly. With training, volunteers can also become Safety Boaters, who stay out on the water during shifts to ensure paddlers are kayaking safely. Check out our Trips & Training page for more information.

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? As a volunteer, you also get access to special trips around the NY Harbor, classes to help improve your paddling skills, and our boathouse social events. Check out our Trips & Training page for more information.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@bbpboathouse.org

See you out on the water this summer!