July 2, 2018 - We are currently not processing any new volunteer applications (except Garden). Any new applications will be placed on hold.
If you are interested in being a Garden Volunteer please see the information below.
Thank you to all of you interested in volunteering with the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site!
Visitor Center / Front Desk Volunteers needed!

If you would like to volunteer your time to assist staff and visitors in the park visitor center, please contact Melissa Shaffer at e-mail us

Duties may include answering telephones, assisting visitors, answering questions and fee collection.
VIP 240th Military Battalion
Volunteers Needed!

Help Preserve WWII history at the Home of FDR

Join the 240th MP Bn. (Recreated)

The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS, along with a dedicated staff of volunteers, has brought the 1940s back to life at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Through living history displays and educational programming, visitors can interact and learn about the soldiers who protected President Roosevelt’s Springwood estate and about life in America during WWII.

To join, contact Park Guide Michael Twardy at:

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.

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

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.
Call Anna de Cordova, NPS Horticulturist at 845-229-4218, or email anna_decordova@nps.gov for more information.

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.

Last updated: July 2, 2018

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