• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

Volunteer Opportunities

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Friday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. -
Sunday, March 29, 2:00 p.m.

Are you a college student looking for a unique spring break experience? Make a difference, make new friends, and make Cuyahoga Valley National Park your destination!

Support the trails, habitat restoration, and recreational programs of CVNP through rewarding volunteer projects.

· Learn about career opportunities in the park and environmental fields.

· Explore your park on guided hikes and spend the evening around a campfire.

· Sleep in a comfortable bed and enjoy heart, homemade meals at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. Register here.

Everybody can make an impact on CVNP! Join us for our Days of Service, offered six times throughout the year. These events are great opportunities to bring out your friends and family to work with other individuals just like you to help preserve CVNP for future generations. Projects may include habitat restoration, trail maintenance and trail repair. For more information and to register, call 330-657-2299. Advanced registration is required.

2015 Days of Service
Earth Day - Saturday, April 18
RiverDay - Saturday, May 16
Trails Day - Saturday, June 6
NPS Founders' Day - Saturday, August 22
National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 26
Make A Difference Day - Saturday, October 24

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Help restore native habitat and trails in CVNP! Individuals are recommended to register in advance; and groups of five or more are required to register to the volunteer office. Click on the project names below for details, dates, locations, and age minimums. On the day of the project, meet at the start time at the listed meeting location. On-site training is provided. Click on the project titles below; or you can view the drop-in projects and Days of Service in calendar view.

Habitat Restoration Projects

Trail Maintenance Projects

Things to Know Before You Come to a Project:
Wear comfortable work clothes, long pants, and sturdy shoes or boots (must be closed toe). Bring your completed Volunteer Agreement (Habitat Restoration Form or Trail Maintenance Form), hat, sunscreen; and a pack with a full water bottle, work gloves, and a snack/lunch. Projects are rain or shine, with exception to thunderstorms and lightning.


Are you interested in volunteering seasonally or year-round? Click on the titles to learn more and apply. If your preferred group or project is not accepting volunteer applications now, please sign up for our Volunteer Opportunities E-News to be updated on new openings.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Grow your connection to local foods and your community. Countryside Farmers' Market opportunities include parking assistance, setting up and tearing down, taking photographs of market activities, doing cooking demonstrations, and playing music. Volunteer Ambassadors are also wanted to staff information booths and represent Countryside at various special events throughout the year. Read through their volunteer opportunities here. Countryside provides many different ways to get involved, and if one sounds like a good fit for you, contact marketassistant@cvcountryside.org or 330-657-2542 ext. 226.


Ever want to be behind the scenes of a real working railroad? Opportunities include special event assistants, conductors, mechanics, brakemen, trainmen, concessionaires, servers for beer and wine tastings and other special events, and office help. Elves are also needed to march alongside the Polar Express sleigh in parades. Enjoy a unique opportunity that combines the love and nostalgia for the railroad with the reward of helping passengers enjoy the heritage of the area. Find more information and complete their online volunteer application here.

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