Volunteer with the Charleston Parks Conservancy

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Community Gardens

The Conservancy operates three community gardens throughout the City: Magnolia Community Garden in West Ashley, Medway Community Garden on James Island, and Corrine Jones Community Garden on the downtown peninsula.

Volunteers can participate with multiple programs at our community gardens. This includes:

  • Gather & Garden Workdays with Conservancy Staff (year round)
  • Harvest Helpers at Medway (April - November)
  • Flower Share Bouquet Makers (seasonal)
  • Pollinator Caretakers (year round, seasonal training)
  • Bee Hive Inspection (inquire with staff to learn more)
Activity Shifts Start End
Corrine Jones Community Garden 2 12/6/2023 12/13/2023
Medway Community Garden 3 12/1/2023 12/15/2023
Pollinator Caretaker Training 1 1/20/2024 1/20/2024

Garden in the Parks (ornamental gardening)

Volunteers can work alongside our staff horticulturists in our ornamental parks and gardens throughout the City. 

All tools and directions are provided on site. Prior horticulture experience is not necessary, and this is a great space to learn about ornamental gardening in the Lowcountry! 

Tasks can include seasonal planting, weeding, pruning, watering, mulching and more in various cultivated beds within Conservancy parks.

Activity Shifts Start End
Colonial Lake GIP 2 12/6/2023 12/13/2023
Marion Square GIP 1 12/12/2023 12/12/2023
Medway Pollinator Garden 1 12/16/2023 12/16/2023
Rose Pavilion GIP 1 12/5/2023 12/5/2023
Wragg Square GIP 1 12/8/2023 12/8/2023

Light the Lake

Join us for our largest holiday celebration of the year - volunteers join us on the first Friday of December at Colonial Lake to create a memorable experience for all to enjoy.

This year, we'll offer the regularly scheduled event from 5-7pm, and then will have a holiday movie at Moultrie Park from 7-9pm.

Check out the volunteer opportunities available below!

Activity Shifts Start End
Bar & Concession Shift 1 0 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Bar & Concession Shift 2 0 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Conservancy Booth 0 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Event & Luminary Breakdown 1 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Event Setup 1 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Floaters/Conservancy Ambassadors 0 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Lighting Luminaries 0 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Photo Station 0 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Pre-Event Prep: Place Luminaries 1 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Waste Management 2 12/1/2023 12/1/2023

Programs & Events

Conservancy programs and events are ways to connect people to their parks. Volunteers can assist with various programs and events by being a part of setup, breakdown, and a variety of tasks during the opportunities as well.

Activity Shifts Start End
Charleston Trees Giveaway 0 12/8/2023 12/8/2023

Watering in the Parks

Watering volunteers keep our parks and gardens quenched throughout the year! Volunteers have the option to sign up to water a park from April-October, or water one of our community gardens on a three month basis.

Activity Shifts Start End
Corrine Jones Community Garden 0 12/1/2023 12/31/2023
Magnolia Community Garden 0 12/1/2023 12/31/2023
Magnolia Pollinator Garden 4 12/6/2023 12/27/2023
Medway Community Garden 1 12/1/2023 12/31/2023
Medway Flower Garden 0 12/2/2023 12/31/2023
Medway Pollinator Garden 0 12/3/2023 12/31/2023

Charleston Parks Conservancy Mission Statement

Connecting people to their parks.