The WNET Group’s volunteer community is a network of interesting people committed to public television. The first small group of volunteers summoned the resources and support to help create the station in 1962.

Throughout our history, the station and volunteers have enjoyed a rich and rewarding partnership. Each volunteer brings a unique contribution to the The WNET Group family. Like the founding group of volunteers, they all share a belief that public media plays an essential role in the educational and cultural life of every community in the tri-state area.

During the coronavirus pandemic, volunteer activity is on hold until further notice.

Today, volunteers continue to apply their talents and passion for public media in order to

  • support the mission of The WNET Group
  • support The WNET Group’s staff on a daily basis,
  • to help bring our message to the public.

Administrative volunteer opportunities require daytime availability during the week. That’s when our offices are open and staff is on site. These volunteers generally work one or two days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. Computer skills are very helpful but so is a willingness to roll up your sleeves and assist with a huge mailing. All volunteer assignments support the business side of The WNET Group rather than the production/technical side. The minimum age requirement is 16.

Occasionally we also need volunteer assistance at evening/weekend events at museums and cultural venues throughout the city or in the nearby tri-state region.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the online application below, or download a printable application that you can mail to us.

Mailing Address

Mary L. Burke
Director, Public Programs, Community Engagement
The WNET Group
825 8th Ave, 14th Floor
New York, NY  10019-7435
or scan and email to volunteers@thirteen.org


    Personal Information

    Emergency Contact

    Background and Experience

    List names of schools and degrees earned:

    NOTE: If community service is required for high school graduation, a statement from your school specifying requirement is required. Applicants under the age of 18 must submit working papers.

    Professional Experience

    Volunteer Experience

    Have you volunteered or worked for WNET in the past?

    Are you a member of
    THIRTEENWLIW21BothNot a member

    Computer Skills
    Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)EmailDatabaseWordPress

    Other Computer Skills

    Languages spoken

    Interests and Availability

    Skills and interests relevant to the type of volunteer work you would like to do:

    Area(s) of Preference
    Administrative Support (typing, filing, etc.)Character HandlerCustomer ServiceData EntryEvent SupportMailingsResearchTour Guide

    WHY would you like to volunteer for public television?

    How did you learn about our volunteer program?

    Day(s) you would like to volunteer

    The majority of positions are available during working hours, Monday-Friday. Occasionally there is a weekend event for which we need volunteer assistance.

    Number of hours available per week

    Applicants will be contacted if skills, interests and availability match available opportunities. If there is no immediate match, the application will be kept on file for future reference.