URI student volunteers shell bagging. Coastal and oyster restoration along the coast of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island: URI student volunteers shell bagging. Coastal and oyster restoration along the coast of Rhode Island. © © The Nature Conservancy

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Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form to make a positive impact on Rhode Island and subscribe to our Volunteer eNewsletter to learn more about volunteer opportunities, events, work parties, and more ways to get involved in Rhode Island.

Volunteer Opportunities in Rhode Island


Preserve Monitor:

Volunteering can be as easy as taking a walk in the woods! Stop by your favorite TNC preserve once a month and report back on trail conditions. Your feedback helps keep our preserves safe for all. Contact cwiitala@tnc.org or jeanne.cooper@tnc.org.


If you’re experienced with hand tools, consider adopting a trail as a Preserve Steward. Priority tasks include trail maintenance, removing litter from parking areas, and restocking trail maps. Contact cwiitala@tnc.org or jeanne.cooper@tnc.org.

Corporate Volunteers:

We can accommodate corporate work parties of up to 20 volunteers. If your company is interested in a community service project or team-building day in nature, let us know! Contact cwiitala@tnc.org or jeanne.cooper@tnc.org.

Oyster Shell Recycling:

Volunteers collect oyster shells from participating restaurants once a week and deliver them to our shell recycling center in West Kingston. Sealed buckets provided. Volunteers must provide their own transportation and be able to lift 30 pounds. Contact will.helt@tnc.org.

Shorebird Program (April – August)

Help our staff keep track of nesting Piping Plovers and Least Terns at Goosewing Beach Preserve. No experience necessary, training provided. Contact jeanne.cooper@tnc.org.

Volunteer Ambassadors

Help represent TNC at oyster festivals, music festivals, local breweries and other outreach events across the state. Contact tmooney@tnc.org.

Nature Photographers & Designers

Volunteer photographers and graphic designers make our work shine! Join an amazing group of people who capture the places we protect, so we can share them on social media, in our newsletters, and much more! Contact tmooney@tnc.org