A few hours per week
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Climate Museum Hub
Admirals House, Nolan Park
The Climate Museum seeks Volunteer Docents at our first temporary space on Governors Island. This volunteer opportunity offers people of all ages the opportunity to participate in the initial stages of a bold new climate initiative.
Please note: below is the application description for the Volunteer Docent position at the Climate Museum Hub on Governors Island (indoors). We are also recruiting Outdoor Volunteers to staff the ten Climate Signals installation sites across the five boroughs (see locations here) every weekend from September 1 to November 6. To learn more about becoming an Outdoor Volunteer, see listing here. The Outdoor Volunteer position is non-recurring, so you may sign-up for one or multiple shifts.
Our startup is creating a new museum dedicated to climate change and climate solutions in New York City. The Climate Museum’s mission is to use the sciences, art, and design to inspire dialogue and spur innovation that address the challenges of climate change, moving solutions to the center of our shared public life and catalyzing broad community engagement. Last winter, we presented our first exhibition, In Human Time, which explored intersections of polar ice, humanity and time (see coverage in The Atlantic and The New Yorker).
This fall, in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office - Climate Policy and Programs, we present our second exhibition, Climate Signals, a citywide outdoor installation by artist Justin Brice Guariglia that explores the local impacts of climate change and calls for broad climate action (see coverage in The New York Times and The Guardian). More information can also be found on our website and in this video.
To build the climate dialogue over the course of the show, we present a Climate Museum Hub on Governors Island, opening September 22, that will highlight the Museum, Climate Signals, and our many community partners. The Hub will also showcase portraits of New Yorkers making a difference on climate change, include an interactive feature, support discussion of climate change and climate solutions, and provide the opportunity to share materials and resources.
We are hiring Volunteer Docents to staff the Hub during its open hours Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm, September 21 - October 31. Docents will be ambassadors for the Museum, serving as its public face for visitors to our first temporary space. Docents are required to volunteer at least one half-day (4hrs) or full-day (7hrs) shift per week through the end of October.
While tasks will vary depending on day to day interactions, volunteers will generally be asked to:
- Answer questions regarding the exhibition, the Climate Museum, and climate change more broadly
- Start conversations with and between visitors
- Recruit high-school-age students for the museum’s Youth Advisory Council
- Document interactions for social media, with permission and active participation of visitors
- Generally watch over the space
High school students, college students, graduates, graduate students, professionals, and retirees are all encouraged to apply. Training will be provided, and you do not have to be a climate expert in any way to participate. Applicants should, however, possess the following qualifications:
- ability to volunteer at least one shift per week:
- Climate Museum Hub shifts: 4 or 7 hours, available Thursday-Sunday, 10:30am-5:30pm from September 27 through October 31, 2018
- demonstrated interest in climate issues, art, and/or social justice
- exceptional communication, public speaking, and/or conversation skills
- Previous experience as a docent or in customer service is helpful, but not required
- Proficiency in Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese), or other languages spoken commonly in New York City is helpful, but not required
- Training Provided
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
To apply to be a Climate Museum Hub Volunteer Docent, please submit your resume and cover letter to Amanda Nesci at email@example.com. In your cover letter, please address:
- your interest in the Climate Museum’s overall mission
- your approach to discussing climate change, climate justice, or climate solutions with others (we recognize that for some volunteers, this may be a first opportunity to discuss these matters; experience not required)
- any skills you may have relevant to hosting visitors at the Hub
- your weekly availability
Applications are now open. The deadline is September 20. We will consider applications on a rolling basis; please apply as soon as possible.
Please note: above is the application description for the Volunteer Docent position at the Climate Museum Hub on Governors Island (indoors). We are also recruiting Outdoor Volunteers to staff the ten Climate Signals installation sites across the five boroughs (see locations here) every weekend from September 1 to November 6. To learn more about becoming an Outdoor Volunteer, see listing here. The Outdoor Volunteer position is non-recurring, so you may sign-up for one or multiple shifts.