Volunteer at The Battery

Please note: Outdoor volunteer opportunities have ended for the 2014 season and will resume after the ground thaws in the spring. For information about periodic indoor volunteer opportunities, please visit us on Facebook or email us at volunteer@thebattery.org. Thanks for your hard work and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!


The Battery Conservancy has several opportunities to allow volunteers to engage in a range of gardening activities. We are fortunate to work with many dedicated residents, individuals, organizations, and corporate groups who help us keep The Battery beautiful for the more than six million people who visit us each year.

Group Volunteer Days

Group volunteer days can be an excellent way for organizations, schools, or other groups to team-build and develop a stronger connection with both fellow teammates and with The Battery. These must be arranged in advance with our volunteer coordinator, and are subject to the schedule and needs of The Battery.

Corporate groups who wish to volunteer must be members of our Battery Corporate Partnership. Non-Corporate groups, ie: any organizations that are not members of our Battery Corporate Partnership, can schedule a volunteer day for a requested donation of $25 per person, and subject to project availability and the needs of the park and farm. In all cases, group size is limited to 20.

All organizations or corporations who would like more information about arranging group volunteer days should contact Melanie Simmerman at 212.344.3491 x12 or msimmerman@thebattery.org.

Click here for more photos of our volunteer groups and team-building events.


Individual Volunteers

The Battery Conservancy offers regular open volunteer hours for individuals with both our Horticulture and Agriculture teams. Open volunteer hours are for individuals and families or small groups of 5 or less, and require all volunteers to register and sign a waiver in advance.

Become a Horticulture Volunteer!

From March through November, The Battery Conservancy’s Horticulture team of four professionals work with volunteers weekly on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity to learn about perennials and get your hands in soil while looking over New York Harbor. Projects are seasonal and vary from week to week, and could include cut-back, weeding, raking, mulching, spreading soil, or planting bulbs.

Individuals interested in volunteering in The Battery’s Gardens must fill out a Horticulture Volunteer Form 2 weeks prior to the requested Tuesday morning date. Our Volunteer Coordinator will confirm the date and time of your first project, and our Horticulture team will meet registered volunteers at the picnic tables inside the playground. All Volunteers for our Tuesday Volunteer Hours must be 15 or over. Any volunteers under 18 must bring a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.  See “Information for Volunteers” below for directions and attire.

Directions: The playground is located in the southernmost tip of the park, between State Street and the Battery Gardens Restaurant. Enter the park across from 17 State Street and walk towards the harbor. Sea Glass construction will be on your right, and the playground will be on your left.

Volunteer at Battery Urban Farm!

From April through October, The Battery Conservancy offers open volunteer hours in Battery Urban Farm. This is a great way to get hands-on experience learning about edible horticulture and agriculture. Join us weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  or monthly on third Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm (May-September). Projects are seasonal and vary from week to week, and could include weeding, mulching, trellising, path or fence maintenance, moving soil, or working with compost. Visit the Battery Urban Farm Community Programs page for exact dates and more information.

Individuals interested in volunteering at Battery Urban Farm on weekly Wednesdays or monthly Saturdays must fill out a Farm Volunteer Form 2 weeks prior to appearing at open volunteer hours. The Farm Volunteer Form will go live this spring when volunteer hours become available again.

Registered volunteers can meet our farm team at the entrance to the farm, located just inside the lawn on State Street between Bridge and Pearl Streets. Volunteers for Wednesday Volunteer Hours must be 15 or over. Our Saturday Open Volunteer Hours are for all ages, however volunteers under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.  Any volunteers under 18 must bring a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. See “Information for Volunteers” below for directions and attire.

Open Call Volunteer Days

Periodically (2-4 times per year), our horticulture and agriculture team needs assistance with major park or farm gardening projects and clean-up tasks. We will post these “open-call” volunteer days on our website and alert our volunteers via our mailing list when these are available. To join the mailing list, please fill out a Horticulture Volunteer Form and/or Farm Volunteer Form. Open to all on a first-come first-served basis.

Information for Volunteers

All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing (boots if it has rained recently, layers in cool weather, a hat and sunscreen in the summer are strongly recommended). Please also bring a water bottle.Volunteers will need to have completed the corresponding Volunteer Forms (linked above)

We will work in most weather, including light rain. The following conditions will constitute cause for automatic cancellation of volunteer hours: heavy driving rain; flooding; thunder and lightning storms; and temperatures upwards of 93 degrees. For weather-related cancellations, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter (@thebatterynyc) accounts.

Thank you for your service!

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