• 6-(Photo-by-Drew-Christhilf)
  • 7-(Photo-by-Erin-X-Smithers)
  • 8-(Photo-by-Erin-X-Smithers)
  • 1-(Photo-by-John-Nickerson)
  • 2-(Photo-by-John-Nickerson)
  • 3-(Photo-by-Jennifer-Bedford)
  • 4-(Photo-by-Jennifer-Bedford)
  • 5-(Photo-by-Jen-Bonin)

For the community, by the community.
Become a WaterFire Providence Volunteer

WaterFire Providence may only be a seasonal production, but to make it happen, we need volunteers year-round. For more information on how you can contribute your time, skills, and talents, email our Volunteer Team.

WaterFire Providence Volunteers are an integral part of the event. They assist in all aspects of event production, special projects, and anything else we dream up.

At any one WaterFire Providence lighting, we need at least 150 volunteers to contribute. Volunteers build, perform, inspire, engage, and enjoy! WaterFire volunteers come from all walks of life, and we appreciate the diversity and talents that are among them. Over the years, a network of volunteers has been established, and we are delighted at the community that they have become.

In between lightings, there are more fun activities for volunteers. Potluck dinners, parties, outings, and projects going on throughout the year. In the off-season, volunteers help with boat-building and repairs, mechanical tasks, fundraising, preparations for the next season, and the occasional special project like sewing or online research.

We welcome you to join us and discover just how much excitement and fun there is in producing such a unique and exciting event! Whether you are a “behind the scenes” kind of person, want to shine in a larger role, or you simply want to experience WaterFire from a new perspective, we would love for you to join us.

Begin your volunteer experience with WaterFire Providence
by signing up now on our Volunteer HQ.


Thank you @bryantuniversity for hosting this Arts and Science Networking event and for having us. It was great getting to connect with students and teaching them about our volunteer and internship opportunities. Thank you to our summer intern, Kacie Galligan for coming by and letting people know about her internship at WaterFire! #volunteer #internship #waterfire ...

Calling all WaterFire Volunteers! Please SAVE THE DATE for our Potluck & Yankee Swap on Thursday, December 5th from 6 PM - 9 PM. RSVP on our website today 🥳 ...

Thank you to the Staff and Volunteers that helped remove 71 braziers from the river this past weekend. Great team work 👍 ...