Public Art Docent and Site Attendant

Job Type

Part Time Temporary




10 South Street
Slip 7
New York
United States



Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor nestled between Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront. Eight minutes from the energy and excitement of the City, the Island is a popular seasonal destination. A resilient new park is complemented by dozens of unique historic buildings, environmental educational facilities, a rich arts and culture program and a 22-acre National Monument managed by the National Park Service. Unlike anywhere else in New York, Governors Island offers peaceful settings with sweeping views of the Harbor, Lower Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Looking ahead, the Island will be activated year-round as a sustainable campus for learning and entrepreneurship, with plans for expanded commercial and non-profit uses in its future.

In 2018, Governors Island will be open to the public every day from May 1-October 31. Island operations continue year-round, with a public high school, artist residency program and new commercial tenancies.


The Trust for Governors Island is looking for an energetic Public Art Docent and Site Attendant for a seasonal (June 2 to October 31), part-time position on Governors Island. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Program Development, the Public Art Docent and Site Attendant will manage visitor engagement inside a new, temporary public art installation. Working closely with the Trust’s Programming Department which oversees all arts and cultural programming on the Island, this an exciting, hands-on opportunity for students of art and/or art history, former and current museum docents and those who are interested in gaining practical experience in managing the site of a dynamic, high-profile public artwork, telling the story of the project to a large and diverse audience.


  • Work as a public interpreter of the installation, artist’s practice, the site and the Island, particularly focusing on its history of presenting public art
  • Share knowledge with visitors to the installation through one-on-one conversations and guided tours
  • Manage the space of the installation to ensure a safe and pleasant viewing environment for the public, and to protect the artwork
  • Troubleshoot any on-site issues and relay information to the Trust’s Programming and Operations teams as needed
  • Coordinate the distribution of on-site materials about the artwork and related programming
  • Track attendance numbers and communicate program attendance to the team for production of attendance reports.
  • Work a weekend schedule that varies to meet Island needs, including Friday evenings and holidays


  • Experience in working with the public, preferably in the cultural sector
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to remain respectful and calm when interfacing with public, acting as an ambassador for the Island’s cultural program
  • Ability to think on your feet, keep track of site conditions and manage crowds
  • Ability to work extended hours and holidays, as necessary
  • Background in art and art history a plus 


The Trust for Governors Island (“The Trust”) is a nonprofit corporation created by the City of New York. It is responsible for the redevelopment and operation of 150 acres of Governors Island. The Trust's mission is to transform Governors Island into a vibrant resource for New York City, making this island at the center of New York Harbor a destination with extraordinary public open space, as well as educational, not-for-profit and commercial facilities.

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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to with “Public Art Docent and Site Attendant” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

The Trust for Governors Island does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.