We are looking for Citizen Scientist Volunteers to assist Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS this summer in the study of mercury in dragonfly larvae. Dragonfly larvae are currently being sampled for mercury levels in many national parks. Mercury is a toxic pollutant that can harm human and wildlife health, threatening the natural resources the NPS is charged with protecting.

Citizen Scientists Study Mercury in Dragonfly Larvae

For more information please contact Susanne Norris at 845-229-6873 or by email.


Looking For Volunteers For Val-Kill Exhibit

The National Park Service is recruiting for volunteers to work in the Stone Cottage at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. The exhibits, focus on Eleanor Roosevelt's early political life and her associations with politically active women in the 1920's and 1930's, as well as Val-Kill Industries and her life at Val-Kill during FDR's lifetime.

Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors to the Stone Cottage and be available to answer questions as visitors enjoy the self-guided exhibits. The park is looking for people who are willing to commit at least 4 hours a day each week.

Specify Val-Kill Exhibit on your application.

If you have questions please call Franceska Macsali-Urbin at 845-229-6214.

VIP Application - Please download and mail (not email) to:

Margaret Laffin
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS
4097 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park NY 12538

Val-Kill Garden Volunteers

Val-Kill Garden Volunteers


Dig In!

We need volunteer gardeners to assist with the restoration and maintenance of the Val-Kill landscape. Volunteers will work under the direction of the park horticulturist on projects throughout the landscape. The volunteer gardening program takes place on Wednesdays from 9:00 am–12:00 pm. Gardening experience is not required. To find out if volunteering at Val-Kill is for you, and to learn about the restoration plans, attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:30 am at the Val-Kill Playhouse.

To register for the meeting call Anna de Cordova, NPS Horticulturist at 845-229-4218, or email anna_decordova@nps.gov.


Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site

Volunteer Opportunities

Have you ever wanted to work at a National Park assisting visitors? Does early 20th century history fascinate you? Do you like leading tours and giving public presentations?

If any of the above intrigues you, consider becoming a volunteer. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites including:

Visitor Services/Interpretation

· Assisting the interpretive staff conducting tours in the FDR home, Val-Kill, or Vanderbilt Mansion, and on the grounds.

· Assisting the interpretive staff at the visitor center information desks answering questions, and providing information about the park and surrounding area.

· Assisting the interpretive staff in "backing up" large tours and school groups.

Education Volunteers

  • If you would like to be an education volunteer please call Susanne Norris at 845-229-6873.

Train Volunteers

  • If you are a person interested in history, and riding trains, there are opportunities available to volunteer with the National Park Service's Trails to Rails program. Volunteers ride on Amtrak trains presenting programs to riders. Please contact Ranger, Mike Autenrieth at 845-229-7770.

Garden Volunteers

· If you enjoy working outdoors, and are interested in gardening, there are opportunities available to volunteer with the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association or the Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association.

Volunteers work as part of a team along side park staff upholding the high standards of the National Park Service. Candidates should want to learn more about the history of the sites. Information given out must be accurate and clear. The park will train and assist you.

For more information about becoming a volunteer, please contact the park volunteer coordinator at 845-229-7770 or by email.

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