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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Belle Isle Park! We appreciate the passion, time and talent that our volunteers give to us. Below is a description of our current volunteer opportunities.

Individuals interested in volunteering may submit an online application.

Volunteer Application Form

Groups interested in volunteering may contact Genevieve Nowak at (313) 334-7053 or for details and scheduling.

Belle Isle Park volunteers are required to have a recreation passport to access the island. Submission of a volunteer application does not guarantee a volunteer position.


Volunteer Groups

We are always in need of and appreciative for groups who are interested in volunteering their time on Belle Isle. From island-wide beautification efforts to specialized projects, Belle Isle Park is interested in having your school, troop, organization, club or corporation out to the island to assist in our efforts. All ages are welcome; adult chaperones are required to accompany youth groups

Requirements: Positive, can-do attitude. Flexibility regarding projects available based off of the needs of the park. Each member of the group must complete a volunteer waiver prior to day of service.


Aquarium Greeters

Aquarium Greeters, also referred to as “In Front of the Glass” volunteers, are available to answer general questions about the fish and the historic structure which houses them. Training is provided. Shifts are 3.5 hours and are available Saturdays and Sundays year round and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June through Labor Day.

Requirements: Friendly and approachable; Must enjoy interacting with the public. Available to attend orientation and training.


Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Greeters

Conservatory Greeters will be stationed at the front desk and available to greet visitors and answer general questions about the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Training is provided. Shifts are 3.5 hours and available on both weekdays and weekends.

Requirements: Friendly and approachable; Must enjoy interacting with the public. Available to attend orientation and training.


Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Docents

Conservatory Docents will lead guided tours of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Docents may also take 3.5 hour stationed docent shifts to greet and engage guests, answer questions, and point out special features.

Requirements: Friendly and approachable; Must enjoy interacting with the public and available to participate in docent training.


Special Events

We are always in need of volunteers to help us make our events run efficiently. Opportunities vary from fundraisers & silent auctions to facilitating activities or staffing our information booth. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals looking for flexibility in their regular volunteer efforts.


Experienced Kayakers

We are currently seeking individuals interested in helping us keep our canals beautiful and litter-free. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals looking for flexibility in their regular volunteer efforts. Opportunities are available April-September.

Requirements: Ability to swim and ability to maneuver kayak. Must wear proper gear including pdf, water shoes. No jeans allowed. Equipment (Kayak, paddle and pdf) will be provided by Riverside Kayak Connection, although volunteer is welcome to bring and use their own.


Individuals with Specialized Skills

We are always seeking individuals with specialized skills who can contribute their time. If you have specific skills that you would like to share with Belle Isle Park (administrative, carpentry, event planning, painting, Master Gardener, graphic design, etc.) please do not hesitate to contact us!


Third and Fourth Grade School Program: Tour Guides and Assistants

In partnership with Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Science, we offer an engaging and exciting field trip experience to bring Detroit and Hamtramck Public School 3rd & 4th graders onto Belle Isle.

In effort to successfully implement this wonderful program, we are seeking volunteer tour guides to lead students on an exploration of either the Aquarium or the Conservatory. In addition to tour guides, we are also seeking volunteer “rangers” to assist with the needs, flow and overall success of each scheduled group.

Requirements: Friendly and approachable; enjoy interacting with the students. No teaching experience or specific expertise required. Must be available to participate in orientation and training, which takes place in the fall. Field trips are scheduled January through May. The time commitment is roughly three hours per shift.


Stewardship Saturday: Invasive Species

Please join us in doing work that is much needed in Belle Isle’s natural areas. On Stewardship Saturdays, volunteers help remove invasive plant species from the island. We start at 9:00 a.m. and end at noon. Stewardship Saturdays are generally the 3rd Saturday of each month- excluding December. Please refer to the DNR calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays to verify correct date, time and meeting location.,4570,7-153-10366_10871-162412–,00.html

Please contact Laurel Malvitz-Draper, DNR Resource Steward for the Stewardship Unit, at 517-719-2285 or to be added to the mailing list, which will provides regular updates and information regarding Saturday work days on Belle Isle.


Environment Subcommittee

The Island Stewardship – Environmental Conservation Committee (IS ECC) is looking for Detroit locals and environmentalists who are interested in the responsible management and restoration of Belle Isle’s natural resources. Expertise in the natural environment is not required, although highly desired. Participation in Stewardship Saturday is desired.

Requirements: Constructive attitude and enthusiasm for the outdoors; Available to attend quarterly meetings.


Island Observation Subcommittee

The role of the Island Observation Subcommittee is to observe the island and its conditions (both positive and negative) via walking, running and/or biking. Based on the observations of its members, the committee then assembles and disseminates a monthly report to the various stakeholders of Belle Isle Park. As a member of the committee, you will have the flexibility to conduct your monthly observations at your convenience.

Requirements: Available to observe your designated location on the island throughout the month (March through October). Available to attend monthly committee meetings (March through October).