B3 Volunteers helping clean up the grounds

The Earthplace building and staff are following strict COVID-19 safety protocol and as a result volunteer opportunities are more limited than in previous years.

If you are interested in finding out about potential opportunities please send a brief email to volunteers@earthplace.org stating your areas of interest and availability.

Please note that volunteer opportunities are not always available but are instead offered on an as needed basis.

The Earthplace community relies heavily on support from volunteers. There are a variety of ways volunteers can get involved here at Earthplace. Whether it is through regularly volunteering in our animal hall, day-of event assistance, corporate group service days, or grounds maintenance; it all makes a huge impact in Earthplace’s success.

Join our passion in growing a sustainable community where conscious regard for the natural world guides individual action by becoming an Earthplace volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Daily care for over 40 animals and birds of prey. Includes feeding, cleaning, and more.

  • Earthplace ambassador (requires training) 
  • General cleaning of public areas: dusting, window washing, wiping down surfaces
  • Paper work: filing, shredding, brochure folding, crafts as needed
  • Marketing and social media help: photographs, making signs, hanging signs

  • Gardening: weeding, raking, planting, watering, compost turning
  • General cleaning: trash removal, raking, debris removal
  • Trail maintenance: trail clearing, trail lining/edging, sign installation/removal 
  • Building and exhibit maintenance:  painting, staining, power washing, repairs( as needed)
  • Invasive species removal ( spring and fall only)

  • Event set up
  • Line management
  • Pre-event administration
  • Clean up

Sustainable Westport is a former town-appointed committee of the Town of Westport and now a 501c3 volunteer partner to the Town, Earthplace, and many other local organizations that work towards a sustainable future. They are excited to recruit for the next wave of volunteers that will help take sustainability to the next level. View all of the open positions here.


Volunteer Testimonials

My volunteering for Earthplace began after I retired and my daughter offered to give me her position at Earthplace to keep me from becoming bored.

It’s been a good thing and very satisfying to do something that is beneficial to all humanity. At the same time I enjoy working with like-minded, very friendly, dedicated people.

At present, I believe doing this work is ever more important. Because of the dire condition of our environment / Earth is in, we must all do what we can to leave the Earth in livable condition for future generations!  –Joe Racz


Volunteering at Earthplace has given me a greater appreciation and passion for nature. I love being able to help care for the animals and educate others who visit. My experience has inspired me to learn more about nature so I can one day teach others to make a difference in their communities.–David Denaro




I truly enjoy the time I spend volunteering for Harbor Watch. Obtaining water quality statistics on the western Connecticut harbors provides valuable data to monitor these great Long Island Sound resources. This gathering of weekly information gives me personal satisfaction of giving back to society through my volunteer time to a worthwhile cause of providing scientific measurement in a quest to protect and improve LIS.

Harbor Watch, staffed by a small but motivated group of professionals, is a joy to work with and where volunteer efforts make a difference.

The drive for improving Long Island Sound’s rivers/streams and harbors moves positively forward through the Harbor Watch organization.  – Bill Wright


Volunteer Forms





Please note: Since we operate a preschool at Earthplace, we must run background checks on all volunteers. There is a cost associated with running background checks that is the responsibility of the volunteer to cover. The cost associated with running background checks varies by individual. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a background authorization form and the volunteer coordinator will be in touch with payment information.

For more information, please send a brief email to volunteers@earthplace.org or call 203.557.4400.