Job Openings

The Friends of Governors Island:

Chief Development Officer

The Friends seeks applications for a Chief Development Officer (CDO), a new position within the organization that will report to the Friends’ Executive Director and will also work closely with the President of the Trust for Governors Island.

The CDO will be a key member of the Friends’ leadership team and will be a driving force in helping the organization meet aggressive short- and long-term fundraising goals. The Friends is entering an exciting phase of supercharged growth and visibility, and the right candidate will play a pivotal role in strategic planning to shape the future of the organization. S/he will be responsible for managing all development functions including corporate giving, major gifts, an annual gala and other events, grant writing and individual giving. His/her responsibilities will also include supervising two other Friends staff members—the Development & Marketing Manager and the Corporate & Community Engagement Manager.

This position is ideal for an ambitious development professional who is ready to take his/her career to the next level by serving as the architect of the fundraising strategy for a rapidly growing nonprofit. S/he must be able to work collaboratively and effectively with multiple stakeholders in support of a unified mission to grow the private base of support for Governors Island.

The Trust for Governors Island:

Operations Coordinator

The Trust seeks a capable, energetic and effective Operations Coordinator to administer important functions that support Island operations and public access activities. The Coordinator will play a key role in supporting the physical and logistical administration necessary for the daily operation of the Island. The Coordinator will report to The Trust’s Director of Operations and will work closely with the Events team and other departments as needed to ensure seamless logistical planning and excellent operations, manage special projects, provide daily clerical and management support and implement department-wide initiatives. The Island hosts a robust schedule of special events and activities during its public season and has a wide range of visitors and tenants. This position requires superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.


The Trust seeks Gardeners for seasonal care and maintenance of the landscapes and grounds on Governors Island. This is a full-time, seasonal position with a duration of 8 months, from March 5 to October 31. The Gardener will be responsible for all aspects of monitoring and caring for the diverse landscapes within the park and the Island’s Historic District. This position requires superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member in a fast-paced environment.

The Gardener will report to The Trust’s Director of Parks and Public Space and will work closely with the Manager of Stewardship and Sustainability, the Horticulture Coordinator, a team of gardeners and landscapers, corporate and community volunteers, the Friends of Governors Island and other programming partners.