"Battery Park City and the Authority are not just about the buildings – it’s about the character of the community that has developed over time. Public space has had a new renaissance in New York City, but here in Battery Park City is where it started."


President & CEO

Volunteer Program

The goal of BPCA’s Volunteer Program is to create the opportunity for personal community involvement and contribution by working alongside our staff horticulturists, participating in daily gardening routines. As part of the program BPCA teaches volunteers basic skills as well as basic knowledge of plants, soil and proper maintenance. This program is very important to our Volunteer Department because the volunteers become knowledgeable enough to be really helpful.

BPCA requires volunteers to commit to the full season (May 1st through October 31st) as training requires time and effort on the part of our horticultural staff. Volunteers must be able to work on Wednesday mornings from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Volunteers are expected to arrive early enough to change clothes and get prepared to go out into the field with staff. This is a team effort and it is important to meet this basic commitment.

Volunteers are representatives of BPCA when they are on site. Courtesy and appropriate behavior must be observed at all times toward the public, each other and BPCA staff. In addition, BPCA has a commitment to the safety of its staff, volunteers and the public. Therefore, good safety practices must be observed at all times.

Volunteers will be issued a special T-shirt and BPCA hat at the beginning of the season to identify them as a member of our team. BPCA’s dress code requires all personnel (volunteer and paid) working in the field to wear BPCPC uniforms. Lost t-shirts or hats will be replaced at cost. Volunteers must provide their own work gloves, protective footwear and rain gear.

If you or company is interested in supporting the parks of Battery Park City Authority through volunteerism, please contact us by emailing info@bpca.ny.gov. We will get right back to you with ideas on how we can work together.

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