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