Gov­er­nors Island relies on ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teers to keep this incred­i­ble pub­lic space wel­com­ing and beau­ti­ful for all. The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island’s vol­un­teer pro­gram has some­thing for every­one, whether you’re hop­ing to try your hand at gar­den­ing, meet new peo­ple, or become a true Island insid­er. Apply today!

What we’re look­ing for in our volunteers:

  • Pas­sion about pub­lic spaces and the val­ue they bring to urban environments
  • Excite­ment about get­ting to know new people
  • Joy in being outdoors
  • Com­mit­ment to envi­ron­men­tal and com­mu­ni­ty stewardship

Learn more and apply.

Please note, to vol­un­teer with the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island you must be 16+ years of age.

Island Ambas­sador

Want to share your enthu­si­asm about Gov­er­nors Island with oth­er vis­i­tors and help build a com­mu­ni­ty of sup­port­ers? Island Ambassadors: 

  • Serve as a friend­ly, help­ful and infor­ma­tive resource for vis­i­tors around the Island
  • Answer vis­i­tors’ ques­tions about the Island’s events and attractions
  • Pro­vide direc­tions to vis­i­tors to nav­i­gate around the Island
  • Help staff the Island’s wel­come cen­ter and info desk

Tour Guide

Love Gov­er­nors Island and want to share your enthu­si­asm with oth­er vis­i­tors? Tour Guides: 

  • Lead in-depth pub­lic walk­ing tours (approx­i­mate­ly one hour in length)
  • Learn the Island’s his­to­ry and stay up to date on cur­rent pro­gram­ming and future plans 
  • Answer vis­i­tors’ ques­tions about the Island’s pro­gram­ming and attractions

Gov­er­nors Gardener

Got a green thumb? As a Gar­den­ing Vol­un­teer, you will assist the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island Hor­ti­cul­ture Staff in car­ing for the Island’s sprawl­ing mead­ows, young for­est groves, orna­men­tal flowerbeds and land­scaped hill­sides. Gov­er­nors Gardeners: 

  • Per­form sea­son­al gar­den­ing tasks includ­ing plant­i­ng, prun­ing, weed­ing, water­ing, rak­ing, mulching and trans­plant­i­ng (all require abil­i­ty to bend, lift, and kneel)
  • Learn to iden­ti­fy and remove inva­sive plants
  • Cre­ate a cat­a­logue of Island bio­di­ver­si­ty by pho­tograph­ing and doc­u­ment­ing ani­mal and plant life on the Island
  • Serve as a friend­ly, help­ful and infor­ma­tive resource for visitors

Corporate Volunteering

Look­ing to get your whole team or com­pa­ny involved? 

Check out Cor­po­rate Oppor­tu­ni­ties with the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island and bring your group out to the Island for a fun, ful­fill­ing and reju­ve­nat­ing day out­side the office.