There are many exciting and fulfilling opportunities to get involved at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Volunteering your time is an excellent way to become more active in your community while expanding your knowledge and skills, meeting new people, and making a contribution to something that you are passionate about.  Volunteering at Riverkeeper allows you to serve a local, not-for-profit organization, and helps Riverkeeper to surpass its objectives and strengthen programs that are improving our community and its ecology.

Your participation makes a difference.  You can spend two Saturdays a year helping at our cleanups, take on an internship in one of our programs (see below), or you can give your time and energy to habitat restoration efforts on a regular basis–it’s up to you. If you are ready to start volunteering at Riverkeeper, e-mail Wendy Paterson at or call at 716-852-7483 ext. 26.

Join us in making a positive impact on our waterways by considering the following opportunities to volunteer:

Spring Cleanup
Participate in the Spring Cleanup


Riverkeeper organizes two cleanups (in the Spring and Fall) every year in Buffalo.  This is a great opportunity to get down and dirty with Riverkeeper while actively improving the atmosphere in Buffalo–both aesthetically and environmentally.  Click to get more info regarding cleanups, and while you’re there, check out the progress we made in removing trash and other pollution from waterways last year!  Be there this year so we can make it even better!

Habitat Restoration -- RestoreCorps
Join the RestoreCorps


Riverkeeper is coordinating efforts to improve the habitat and water quality of local waterways through restoration projects and the help of volunteers like you!  Getting outside and getting involved in these efforts is the first step in protecting and restoring our ecosystem.  Your energy and effort will earn you a first hand experience in improving water quality and natural habitats, and will immediately strengthen our efforts to increase public awareness and activeness in these fields. Learn more about the program here.


Join Riverwatch


Riverkeeper is expanding its water monitoring program and needs help from community members to protect our local waterways. Through training, workshops, and first-hand experience, Riverkeeper can help you improve your understanding of local water issues. After learning what to look for and how to take action when you find it, you can help Riverkeeper achieve its mission, and your community will thank you for it! For more info, click here.

Other Ways to Help
Other Ways to Get Involved

Other Ways to Get Involved

Riverkeeper has several internship opportunities available at this time, and can always use a little extra help in the office with data entry and logistical work. Riverkeeper coordinates numerous programs that could not operate without the help of dedicated volunteers. If you want to give your time and skills to help Riverkeeper’s cause, there is always something you can do to help!

You can make the difference in your community and your environment. It is everyone’s water, and we all have the right to enjoy its countless benefits in a healthy way. It is also our responsibility to keep it healthy–now is your chance to do your part.

If you are interested in getting involved at Riverkeeper and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy Paterson at 716-852-7483 extension 26 or by e-mail at

Thank you!