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Greeter/Guide Program


Help the Conservancy meet the information needs of Central Park's 40 million annual visitors from all over the world. Whether they are from far-away places, or are New Yorkers who use the Park regularly, many need help navigating the Park, or have general interest questions. Enhance their experiences by greeting, guiding and informing them, whenever possible, about the importance of Central Park Conservancy's role in the Park and much more. Training is provided, and we ask for a two-year commitment to the Greeter/Guide program.

Positions

  • Greeter – work with a partner or on your own in pre-designated areas of the Park greeting visitors, giving directions, answering Park-related questions, providing information about upcoming events, and teaching good Park stewardship or supporting Conservancy staff at one of the Visitor Centers.
  • Tour Guide – lead public and custom walking tours throughout the Park, helping visitors discover Central Park's history, ecology, and design.

Training and Commitment
All positions require some prior knowledge of the Park and completion of mandatory training. Training includes a group interview, several classroom sessions, and multiple one-on-one mentoring shifts in the Park with experienced Greeters. Tour Guides must complete the mandatory training and volunteer as a Greeter for a minimum of six months prior to being considered for the Tour Guide program.

Greeter/Guides are asked to commit three hours per week (must be the same day and time-slot each week), for a minimum two-year commitment. Shifts are available during the morning and afternoon, seven days a week. Volunteer programs take place year-round, rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions.

Application
Application to be a Central Park Conservancy Greeter includes attending a mandatory group interview and then, if accepted into the program, successful completion of the training and peer mentoring.

If you are interested in interviewing to be a Greeter/Guide please apply to be on the wait list by clicking on the link below, creating a profile (if new to CPC volunteering), then clicking the Sign-Up tab. Then scroll down to 2. Greeter/Guide Program, choose Greeter/Guide Interview - wait list, then click on the Sign Up button (please do not click on "Add me to the back up list"). You will not receive an automatic response, but you will be signed up to be contacted once the next Greeter/Guide group interview and training dates are set.
Apply online! If you have previously created an online volunteer profile, please do not create a new one.  If you do not remember your log-in information, please contact us at: volunteer@centralparknyc.org.

To find out more about volunteering as a Guide, read this profile about one of our current volunteers:

 Meet Ina