Volunteer Opportunities

Clearwater is a grassroots organization built by individuals donating their time, energy and skills to preserve and protect the Hudson River and its communities. Volunteers are the life-blood and legacy of this great effort.  

Opportunities to volunteer with Clearwater are available year round in many different capacities. We are looking for volunteers to help us spread the Clearwater mission within their own communities and around the Hudson Valley. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering for Clearwater you can CLICK HERE to submit a general volunteer application to our Volunteer Coordinator.

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Please visit our Facebook page to keep updated on volunteer events and opportunities.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

Winter Open Boat Sessions







Save the dates:
Session 2: Sat. January 16, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Click here to sign up to register as a volunteer
Session 3: Sun. February 21, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM
Session 4: Sat. March 19, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Session 5: Sat. April 23, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Kingston Home Port, Kingston, NY

As a part of Clearwater tradition we will be hosting a series of Winter Open Boat Sessions in Kingston, NY. Winter Open Boats provide an opportunity to meet the crew and Clearwater staff, enjoy local music, and visit the sloop Clearwater as she winters at the Home Port. Crew members lead tours of the sloop as it undergoes restoration work, children will have the opportunity to engage in arts and crafts, and guests are asked to bring a potluck dish to share.

We need volunteers to lend a hand in the set up, execution and clean up of the day’s activities. This includes anything from tabling to putting up signs and event helping kids to complete their craft projects. Volunteers are also needed to provide entertainment in the form of music, lectures and hands on educational opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering at our Winter Open Boat Sessions, please register above or send an e-mail to our Volunteer Coordinator at Volcoord@clearwater.org.

You can CLICK HERE to view picture from our December Open Boat Session!

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:
Help Clearwater Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

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Clearwater’s Watercraft Inspection Steward Program has finished for the season, and we are now looking for volunteers to assist in donating and collecting materials such as rakes

pick-up trucks and drivers, canoes, ropes, food donations, compostable bags, etc. to remove water chestnuts from the Beacon riverfront beginning in July 2016.  If you or someone you know can help us secure any of these items, please email our volunteer coordinator at Volcoord@clearwater.org for more information.

If you are interested in helping to physically remove the water chestnut plants, or leading one of the volunteer days, you should contact our Invasive Species Program Coordinator at Epstein@clearwater.org , or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@clearwater.org .

Winter Sloop Restoration

Volunteer Maintenance

This winter, from November to April, volunteers will be welcome to work alongside the crew of the Clearwater under the direction of the maintenance coordinator in Kingston, NY. Volunteer help would be greatly appreciated for all of our typical annual maintenance (sanding, painting, cleaning, inspecting, and servicing all the parts of the vessel), which could fall by the wayside because of our focus this winter on the hull restoration project. In addition volunteers may be asked to help with dismantling the interior, and moving and organizing tools and lumber.

While volunteers will not have the opportunity to become shipwrights, rebuilding the centerboard trunk, or building or installing frames or planks, they may have an opportunity to help with and learn about those processes.

Volunteer opportunities can be arranged for weekdays or weekends, with prior notice, if interested in helping out, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator at Volcoord@clearwater.org for more information.
If you’ve got all the time in the world available, and would like to volunteer onboard full time, you should consider becoming a winter Ship Skills Intern. For a job description and how to apply, go to:http://www.clearwater.org/about/job-opportunities/ and look for “winter trainees.”

Onboard Volunteers

Volunteer1Clearwater seeks onboard volunteers with a passion for teaching, who love young people and are comfortable leading small group activities. You don’t need previous sailing experience to volunteer with us, but a background in teaching, environmental issues, music or earth sciences are a plus.

Each week from mid-April to the end of October, the sloop Clearwater and the schooner Mystic Whaler, our sister ship, accept six volunteers to live aboard the boat, help sail our ship and teach our education program. Visit the Onboard Volunteer page for more information, or click here to apply.

Please email our Education Department at Educator@Clearwater.org  for more information

Volunteer for Clearwater Festival, Great Hudson River Revival!  

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For festival-goers, the annual Great Hudson River Revival is a wonderful music and environmental event. But for volunteers, it’s so much more! By volunteering, you become part of a warm, lively community that’s connected to the Clearwater Festival in a special way, allowing you to share and celebrate our work for the river. Working as a volunteer and being a part of the festival’s presentation will truly enhance your enjoyment of the entire weekend, so please consider becoming one of our great festival volunteers in 2016!

For more information, visit the Great Hudson River Clearwater Revival page at clearwaterfestival.org.