Please review the descriptions below before filling out the submission forms. Unfortunately, we can only take volunteers who are 18+ years old, but everyone of all ages is welcome to the festival! We need help before, during, and after the event. Volunteers at City of Water Day receive a free lunch and t-shirt!

Volunteer Opportunities


Crowd Pleaser
If you are a "people person", have strong interpersonal skills, enjoy problem solving and talking with folks, this area is for you. Roles include crowd control, greeting, staffing the information booth, distributing tickets for tours, surveying event goers, and most importantly, acting as the public face of the event. In addition, roles range from the ability to work well with families and children, to the ability to maintain professionalism and entertain important guests.

  • Greeter
  • Partner Fair
  • Surveys
  • Family Activities
  • Activities Fair
  • Sponsor Liaisons

Land Lover
If you have strong organizational skills, are a good observer and listener, and you are able to take and give direction, this volunteer opportunity is right for you. Roles include assisting in setting up the different areas of the event site (from informational and fun tables to band and stage set up), working with the exhibitors, and helping to maintain the look and feel of the event.

  • Volunteer Check In 
  • Ticketing 
  • Stage Hand
  • MWA Fun Table

Assist with the Press Event

If you are a person who prides yourself on your professionalism and communication abilities, this position is perfect for you. There will be a morning press event at Governors Island and at Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken, NJ with local elected officials, government agencies, and community leaders. Volunteer roles include greeting, staffing the press and sign-in tables, ticketing, helping document what happens, and acting as the public face of the event. 

  • Press Event Set Up

Dock Workers

Are you a person who loves water activities? Get the most out of your City of Water Day experience by helping at the waters edge. Be a City of Water Day Deck Hand. This work is rewarding and energetic and embodies the water experience. We need people who are willing to get their hands dirty and wet! We are looking for folks to hold deck lines for both small and large historic boats, assist the dock master and ensure the boats dock and load their passengers safely, stabilize kayaks, help carry kayaks, assist paddlers getting into and out of the water and in general working at the kayak dock on Governors Island. Kayak tour guides will help professionals give kayak tours and will be out on the water. You must love the water and not be afraid to be hands on and at the waters edge active and engaged. The docks are an exciting place to be on City of Water Day!

  • Kayak Wrangler 
  • Line Handler


Boat Attendant
Have you always wanted to say “I’M ON A BOAT” and actually be on a boat? Well this is your chance! We need volunteers to help maintain the order on our free boat tours at the City of Water Day. Responsibilities will include: making sure passengers get on the boat, making sure passengers get off the boat, making sure the narrator on the boat can be heard, keeping the general order. Be sure to bring your sea-legs! (Use GI submission form to sign up.)

Set Up & Break Down

If you are responsible, timely, and want to enable the success of this event, then this is the position for you. Roles include setting up in the morning before the event, bringing supplies out for the Waterfront Activity Fair, in addition to breaking down the event at the end of the day. Without you, the City of Water Day would not be possible.