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.

Current Volunteer Positions Available
Animal Care Gardens & Grounds

How Do I Become a Volunteer?

If you are interested in finding out about potential opportunities, please:
1) Complete the online Inquiry Form
2) Next, download and complete the three Forms below
3) Email the completed forms to the Earthplace Volunteer Manager for review and you will be contacted within two business days

Application Form Authorization Form Background Check


Email Volunteers or call 203.557.4400

Please note: Volunteer opportunities are not always available, but are instead offered on an as needed basis. 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.