Full-time Position and Summer Internships

Who we are:

The Governors Island Alliance (GIA) is a non-profit organization that has played an integral part in returning Governors Island to the people of New York and continues to advocate for the redevelopment and ongoing stewardship of the Island as a great civic space. The Alliance also provides volunteer greeters for the Island and family-oriented arts and educational programming on the Island.

What we’re looking for:

  • Director of Membership & Volunteers
  • GIA Summer Interns

Applications due:

April 25th, Friday

How to apply:

See details under each opportunity. No phone calls please. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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Join the GIA Team: Spring Internship Opportunity Available

Governors Island Alliance is seeking a spring intern to assist with social media and branding!

This position is most fitting for college undergraduate juniors and seniors with interest and experience in designing and managing social media presences across a variety of platforms. We are looking to expand our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr and to overhaul our website design and content.The internship is unpaid, though a travel stipend will be provided. This position is part-time during the spring with potential extension through the summer season. The majority of work will take place in GIA’s Union Square Offices or on Governors Island. The application is available HERE. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the February 28th, 2014 deadline. Please see below for more internship details:


Specific duties include:

• Work across key social channels in the development of content that is native to each and fitting within GIA’s monthly goals
• Create and execute strategies designed to grow GIA’s social media user base and likes across key social channels
• Monitor conversations in social channels
• Create and deliver weekly social media activity reports
• Contribute to the active design improvement of GIA’s web presences including its website
• Maintain active communication with key personnel including the lead(s) on the public engagement committee and executive director

• Must be an active participant in a wide variety of social media activities including but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and blogging
• Must be an undergraduate or graduate student
• Proficient in Microsoft Office, web design skills a plus
• Exceptional communication skills
• Very high attention to detail
• NYC candidates preferred

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Help Keep GIA Afloat!

Dear Island Friends,

The end of summer did not bring the exciting developments on Governors Island to a close. Indeed, we’ve just marked a new milestone, with the planting of the last of 1,500 trees in the new parkland. As we prepare to turn the page from one momentous year on the Island to yet another, we ask that you continue to play a role in the Island’s historic transformation by making a year-end donation to the Governors Island Alliance.

This summer our favorite Island welcomed nearly 400,000 visitors, hosted more than 60 unique public programs, and added 30 new acres of parkland.  Next season, visitors will find miles of weaving bike lanes and walking trails, new expanses of play lawns, potable water, and a fresh calendar of arts, culture, and educational events. Just-announced plans for 2014 include access for visitors seven days a week, an exciting expansion and one that will challenge GIA to play an even greater role.

We hope that you will consider a tax-deductible year-end donation to support the Governors Island Alliance’s work. Your support helps the Alliance continue to offer free public events like our annual opening weekend Family Festival and harbor education programs. Your contribution also makes possible our ongoing advocacy for the Island’s parks, historic preservation, and appropriate redevelopment.  Indeed, recent exciting announcements include additional year-round tenancies, including a public day spa and expansion of the wonderful Harbor School and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council arts programs. GIA’s  volunteers expand the capacity of these and other Island partners by welcoming and assisting visitors, staffing special events, and contributing to environmental operations which promote the Island’s sustainable future.

We thank you for all you have done to make 2013 a successful year and we invite you to continue this exciting journey in 2014. You will find further details as well as suggested giving levels HERE or to the right of the page below the site menu.

Please consider making a donation – it is your support that keep GIA afloat during the busy summer season. We have the unique opportunity to be part of shaping the next great park and public space in New York City. We extend our warmest wishes to you for a happy and healthy holiday season. See you on the Island next spring!

All our love,


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GIA Spring Internship Opportunity

GIA is gearing up for summer 2014 and is seeking an intern to join our team!  Continue reading

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A Park Grows On the Island

New park space 1

Mayor Bloomberg planted a final tree – a gingko – in a ceremony in late November to mark the completion of Phase One of the Island’s new parkland. Visitors who braved the cold for the event took a quick tour of the current site and imagined balmy breezes in the same spot come next summer. Continue reading

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Updated – Island Plan: More Action, More Days


There will be more to do on the Island next summer, and more days to do it.

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Young Professionals for Governors Island

YPCThere’s a new team of advocates for the Island, the Young Professionals Committee, formed at a GIA-sponsored happy hour last Spring and already advocating. They are 20 strong and growing – young lawyers, young doctors, young business types, young urban planners and – what could Governors Island do without them? – young park rangers.

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Do you know GIA?


Did you know that the Governors Island Alliance (GIA), which has been incubated for several years by Regional Plan Association, has just been recognized as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization by the IRS? That means, going forward, GIA can accept tax-deductible contributions to support our work advocating for the Island and its beautiful parks and historic structures; welcoming visitors and enhancing their Island experience. Continue reading

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Park Preview This Weekend

Governors Island

The Trust invites you – every one of you and all your friends – to  a wide open preview of the park that is blossoming on the southern half of the Island.

The park construction site will be open from noon to 6 on Saturday and Sunday. Ferries depart from their regular piers in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn – directions can be found HERE.

You are invited to walk the site on your own or to take one of the two tours either day. The 1:30 tour on Saturday and the 3:30 tour on Sunday will focus on how the Island’s design fared in Hurricane Sandy. The 3:30 tour on Saturday and the 1:30 tour on Sunday will focus on the park’s horticulture.

No reservations – or hard hats – necessary. Just show up at the arch in the middle of Liggett Hall.

What you’ll see: the hedge maze on the south side of Liggett Hall taking shape, newly laid paths and curbs to sit on, and newly planted trees. Walk to the highest point in the Hammock Grove for a sweeping view of the harbor and the Statue of You-Know-What. In the distance the 14-acre Play Lawn and ball fields taking shape and the Hills beginning to rise on their rubble foundation.

Susan Carey Dempsey, the Alliance’s executive director, added her voice to the invitation: “We encourage everyone to take a tour or walk through this incredible park before the Island closes for the season” - which will happen at the end of the day on Sunday.

P.S. Keep an eye on GIA’s Twitter for tour tweets and pictures!

P.P.S. The Trust for Governors Island also invites you to post photos of your visit to the new park site  on their Twitter (@gov_island) Facebook (Governors Island), Flickr (GovernorsIslandgroup) and Instagram (@governorsisland).

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The Hills are Rising – And Raising Millions


Source: Newsday.com

Google’s executive chairman and New York’s mayor are among the seven generous donors who have pledged “leadership gifts” for the construction of the four hills that will rise from the park at the southern end of the Island. Continue reading

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