Great River Greening offers opportunities for all ages and abilities. No prior experience necessary.
Individuals and families; corporations and businesses; youth and adult groups; environmental and outdoor clubs; community and service organizations; faith-based groups, and college, high school, and middle school students. We only require that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult.
Public Restoration Events
Each Spring and Fall, Great River Greening hosts 6-8 volunteer events on Saturdays throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Projects range from planting trees and shrubs to removing invasive species. No prior experience or equipment required to participate. All you need to do is show up ready to volunteer and restore our natural areas. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided! Volunteer opportunities at our public restoration events include:
- Restoration volunteers (Time commitment: 3 hours)
- Volunteer Supervisor (Time commitment: 3 hours)
- Set-up/Registration volunteers (Time commitment: 1 ½ hours)
- Lunch/Clean-up volunteers (Time commitment: 1 ½ hours)
Great River Greening’s Volunteer Supervisors are the gears of our events. They are the motivators and initiators leading work groups at restoration events. Supervisors provide on-the-job training to work groups consisting of 5-15 restoration volunteers. Work includes, but is not limited to, planting, native seed collection, and invasive species removal.
All volunteer supervisors are required to attend the in-person training or review our training material and meet with the Volunteer Manager before volunteering at their first event. The spring training session will be announced soon.
For more information, contact our Volunteer Manager, Katie McCann, at (651) 272-3989 or by email.
Do you like photography? Do you like being outside and working with diverse groups of children and adults? Are you looking to expand your portfolio or just shoot for fun? We are looking for photographers who would be interested in documenting our volunteer events! Contact us.
Work side-by-side Great River Greening staff on various projects. Interns work during Great River Greening office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Some work may be available to do remotely. Internships are available in the following fields:
- Database management
- Event planning
- GIS mapping
- Graphic design
- Volunteer management
Part of Great River Greening’s education goal is to help inform and connect Twin Cities youth to professionals with green jobs. We are seeking mentors with green jobs to share their stories and career path with at-risk youth. Mentoring opportunities typically last 1-2 hours and take place during Great River Greening office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
Contact our Volunteer and Outreach Manager (see below)
Don’t See What You’re Looking For?
Sometimes volunteers are looking for an opportunity to use their unique skills to help Great River Greening in a way we haven’t advertised. We are always interested in hearing new ideas on how we can engage the community to help advance the mission of Great River Greening! Next step: Contact us with your unique volunteer idea.
Katie McCann, Volunteer and Outreach Manager