Ellis Island is open on a limited basis while repairs continue.
Ellis Island has reopened on a limited basis. Due to the nature of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, parts of the historic Main Building and museum remain closed at this time. The museum's artifacts remain in off-site storage. More »
Welcome to the Volunteer page for Ellis Island Immigration Museum, a part of Statue of Liberty National Monument!
The National Park Service has a long tradition of volunteerism. From "grass roots" groups advocating for the protection of a site to local residents supplementing a park's staff - ordinary people, from all walks of life, have the chance to get involved with their national parks in many meaningful ways. Some folks help out with a single big event, while others volunteer on a daily or weekly basis.
Come on out and see what you can do!
At Statue of Liberty National Monument, we have a number of volunteer opportunities on both Liberty Island and Ellis Island, including:
-Transcribing and translating sound recordings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Ellis Island);
-Providing visitor services such as giving directions, answering visitors' questions, and presenting programs (Liberty and Ellis Islands).
You may also be able to volunteer in the Research Library at Ellis Island, assist with historical preservation, or work with our maintenance staff.
For more information about these volunteer opportunities and contact information, go to www.volunteer.gov/gov and use "Statue of Liberty National Monument" as the key word.
Don't live in the New York/New Jersey area? That's okay - there are volunteer opportunities throughout the National Park Service. You can find a place to volunteer here; be sure to download the Volunteer Brochure (to learn more about the V-I-P (Volunteers-In-Parks) program), and the Volunteer Application!
Did You Know?
Many government agencies have administered the Ellis Island immigration depot. The Bureau of Immigration, later called the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), inspected immigrants. The agency was restructured in 2003 under the new Department of Homeland Security and is now 3 entities : U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services.