Seasonal and On-Going Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers observing wildlife at Beaver Marsh in spring
Volunteers observing wildlife at the Beaver Marsh.


Looking to make a lasting impact in your national park?

Volunteering is all about finding the right fit for your individual personality! CVNP recruits for volunteers on a need basis, because of this, the opportunity that interests you might not be currently seeking new volunteers. Don’t let that discourage you! The park has over 70 volunteer programs, and we are committed to helping you find your volunteer niche! Become a volunteer for CVNP to refine your skills, learn something new, and support the park in a meaningful way. Together, volunteers in CVNP make a huge difference.

Ready to Share your time and talent?

1. Read over Cuyahoga Valley National Park volunteer positions

2. Open volunteer positions are listed on below.

3. Register or Apply online, and a staff member from the Volunteer Management Office will reach out to you!

4. Contact us if you have questions at or (440) 717-3846.

Volunteers assisting park visitors on the Towpath Trail.
Trailblazer volunteers talking to visitors on the Towpath Trail.

NPS / © Sara Guren

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Shadow a Trailblazer
Trailblazers assist visitors by providing information, first aid, and bike maintenance on the multi-use Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and over 100 miles of trails in CVNP. Recruitment for the Trailblazer program will begin in the fall of 2020.

Aspiring Trailblazers are encouraged to experience this unique volunteer opportunity by shadowing a seasoned pair of Trailblazers during a bike, hike or mounted patrol. This shadowing opportunity is a great way to discover if this volunteer program is a good fit for you!

To schedule a shadow patrol with a Trailblazer, contact the Volunteer Management Office at In your email please indicate which type of patrol you are interested in; whether it's hike, bike or mounted.

Stanford Host

Greet visitors at welcome desk, provide general information regarding Cuyahoga Valley National Park, help guests feel welcome and informed, check-out groups, re-stock brochures, answer phone inquiries, assist staff in maintaining the Stanford House in a guest ready state, provide tours of home to interested groups, perform data entry, and if interested - garden and landscape around the grounds.

Training is required for this position. Volunteer shifts are flexible; morning and/or afternoons, Weekends and Weekdays.

Interested in this opportunity? Email


Looking for a way to get involved in your community and help connect people, food, and land? Volunteer for Countryside at our Farmers' Markets! Volunteer opportunities include setting up and tearing down vendor equipment, parking management, market ambassadors, staffing the information booth, counting customers, staffing the zero waste station, assisting with Countryside Cheese sales, produce inventory, and photography. Visit Countryside's website for more information and to fill out a volunteer application.
CV Railroad logo 3-color

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

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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Last updated: August 21, 2019

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