2023 Friends of the High Line Volunteer

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Recruiting Organization: Friends of the High Line


The High Line is both a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we’re devoted to reimagining public spaces to create connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities.

Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line was always intended to be more than a park. You can walk through the gardens, view art, experience a performance, enjoy food or beverage, or connect with friends and neighbors--all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.

The High Line is owned by the City of New York, and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks. The park is maintained and operated by the nonprofit The High Line, and nearly 100% of our annual budget comes through donations.

Throughout our history, dedicated volunteers have helped make the High Line a success. We couldn’t keep this public space thriving without the neighbors and community members who share their time, expertise, feedback, talent, and energy. Due to the nature of working in a public, outdoor environment, all volunteers should be prepared to interact with park patrons and experience various weather conditions during their work.

Our Volunteer Roles


Role and responsibilities - Docents lead High Line visitors on interactive walking tours of the park. They work with our staff to research and develop a walking tour that aligns with the High Line mission and their personal interests. They engage park visitors in conversation about subjects such as history, art, horticulture, architecture, and more.They also play a role in fundraising for the High Line by sharing information about how visitors can donate. Docents are expected to commit to giving 15 tours a year.


  • Willingness to listen and learn
  • Strong communicator
  • Ability to walk at least 1.5 miles at a time
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions


Role and responsibilities - Greeters interact with High Line visitors from a stationary information cart in the park. They distribute digital and print materials; assist with wayfinding; and engage in conversations about history, design, art, horticulture, and more. They also play a role in fundraising for the High Line, as visitors are welcome to make donations at the information cart. They are expected to commit at least 4 hours per month (2 two-hour shifts) from May through October.


  • Willingness to engage with the public
  • Ability to stand for two hours at a time
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

Horticulture Partners

Role and responsibilities Horticulture Partners are paired with our gardeners to help with watering, weeding, pruning, clean up, and other necessary gardening tasks. This role is only available on weekday mornings to match the Horticulture department's working schedule.


  • Previous experience or a strong interest in horticulture
  • Ability to take part in physically demanding tasks
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Availability on weekday mornings


Role and responsibilities - Ambassadors connect with and support the surrounding community through partnerships with community organizations. At events and public programs, Ambassadors interact with and assist attendees and support the HL's local community initiatives on and off the park. For example, Ambassadors participated in tabling at block parties and family days in the local community.


  • Willingness to engage with the public
  • Flexibility with working in different locations and environments
  • Ability to stand for two hours at a time

Stipend ProvidedFalse

Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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