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Governors Island relies on dedicated volunteers to keep this incredible public space welcoming and beautiful for all. Our 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.

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

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Check out the volunteer opportunities below and join our community!

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Data Collector

Comments and opinions count! Join our survey team and collect valuable feedback from visitors about their experience on Governors Island. Data Collectors:

  • Serve as a friendly, helpful and informative resource for visitors
  • Collect simple zip code data from visitors at ferry queues and administer longer-form surveys with an iPad from multiple locations around the Island
  • Learn and share information about the Island’s rich history, current programming and plans for the future

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
  • Serve as a friendly, helpful and informative resource for visitors

Corporate Volunteering

Looking to get your whole team or company involved?

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

Additional volunteering opportunities on Governors Island are available through these organizations: