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, including most of the exhibits, remain closed at this time. 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?
Although most immigrants processed at Ellis Island stayed between three and five hours, about 20% stayed overnight in dormitory rooms until their cases could be cleared. Many immigrants found these accommodations a big improvement over the severe conditions of traveling to America in "steerage".