Volunteer with us

Meeting great people, taking special trips and improving your paddling skills are just a few perks of becoming a volunteer

Questions about volunteering

What types of jobs will I be doing?

Your responsibilities will depend on your shift. If you’re volunteering for opening shift you’ll help bring boat. paddles and vests out of the boatkeep and down to the dock. If you’re volunteering for the closing shift, you’ll help put everything back in the boatkeep. All shifts need pier and dock volunteers as well as safety boaters.

Pier volunteers

Your responsibilities include fitting people into life vests, answering any questions they may have and communicating with the dock volunteers to keep the line moving.

Dock volunteers

Your responsibilities include getting people in and out of kayaks, giving basic paddling instruction and explaining the embayment boundaries and boathouse rules.

Safety boaters

Your responsibilities include monitoring kayakers, giving on-water paddling instruction and performing rescues should a kayaker get stuck in the pilings or fall out of their boat. Only certified volunteers may sign up as safety boaters.

Program leaders

Your responsibilities include running the program, managing volunteers, answering questions and executing opening/closing procedures. Only approved volunteers may sign up as program leaders.

Are there any perks for volunteers?

Volunteering will earn you our undying love and appreciation as well as the good feelings that come with doing something good for the community. But if that’s not enough, you’ll also get special access to volunteer-only trips around the New York Harbor, exclusive training sessions to help you improve your skills and access to volunteer social events and private paddles.

Do I need to know how to kayak?

Nope. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. We hold regular volunteer orientations as well as safety boater and program leader training sessions. If you can’t make a volunteer orientation session, don’t worry about it. Just sign up for a shift and we’ll teach you everything you need to know during your shift.

How often do I have to volunteer?

You can volunteer as often or as little as you want. We have flexible 2.5 hour shifts so you can volunteer whatever time works best for you. We’re happy to have you, even if it’s only for one shift.

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