Volunteer Opportunities

We would like to thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Esplanade Association! Volunteering is essential to keeping the Esplanade clean and beautiful and enabling us to put on fun and free programs and events year round. Read our blog post to see the incredible impact volunteers made on the Esplanade in 2018.

The Esplanade Association has opportunities for groups and individuals throughout the year. Working alongside Esplanade Association staff, volunteers participate in a host of projects, programs, and events including managing invasive species, painting benches, assisting with family-friendly events, helping with guided tours, and so much more! Volunteer opportunities vary by season.

Groups Volunteer Opportunities

Bring your company’s employees to volunteer on the Esplanade as part of our award-winning Volunteer Program!

Volunteering with the Esplanade Association is a great way to build team camaraderie while participating in a visible philanthropic effort to benefit a local nonprofit. Volunteers report a sense of pride caring for a public space that they are likely to return to with friends and family.

To learn more about the volunteer day, and to register to volunteer, click here.


Individual Volunteer Opportunities

The Esplanade Association is seeking civic-minded community members to join our Individual Volunteer Program. Whether we’re hosting educational, cultural, or recreational programs for the community or caring for 13 ornamental gardens and 1,700 trees, we need your support! Volunteers will assist with event setup and registration, specialized horticultural tasks, office mailings, and more, based on their interests and availability throughout the year. Small groups or families are welcome to participate together! For more information about volunteer opportunities please visit our Individual Volunteer Program description or email our Volunteer & Programs Manager, Karla Noboa, knoboa@esplanade.org.


Friends Council

The Friends Council is a group of emerging park lovers dedicated to quality of life in Boston and iconic open spaces like the Esplanade. Friends Council members are passionate about the Esplanade Association’s work to revitalize, enhance, maintain, and program the Esplanade and socialize at a variety of networking and benefit events throughout the year.

Whether you’re a neighbor, run along the Charles each morning before work, take your favorite four-legged friend for their daily Esplanade walk, or relish the long summer evenings with your friends on the docks, the Friends Council is always looking for new members who treasure the Esplanade and want to share their enthusiasm with others.

Learn more about our Friends Council.


Volunteer Photographer Program

Are you inspired by the Esplanade? Are you looking to build your personal portfolio of photos? We need your skills! The Esplanade Association is seeking dedicated photographers to help showcase the beauty and vitality of the Esplanade and to help build awareness of the work we do to care for the park throughout the year. Learn more.


Children in the Park Assistance

Children in the Park returns on July 10th for another summer of fun, bringing youth from all over the Greater Boston area onto the Esplanade! ChiP aims to provide an engaging day outside for youth to experience the wonders of outdoor play and exploration. With over 20 partnering camps across the city, ChiP provides access to one of the city’s most beautiful resources for hundreds of youth!

This year, the Esplanade has partnered with Life is Good Playmakers to create new programming for campers. We are looking for volunteers to help us lead games, to oversee our free play and quiet areas, and to help manage the execution of these events!

If you would be interested in assisting with this project or learning more, please contact Karla Noboa, knoboa@esplanade.org.