Volunteers are essential to our mission, contributing approximately 15,000 hours of service annually at the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt historic homes and gardens. Each year our volunteers donate their time to help greet the public, conduct tours, and care for our gardens, enhancing the park visitor experience. Volunteering gives you hands-on experience in a national park—a chance to work with professional national park staff and to interact with the public and our visitors.
For more information about our volunteer programs, review the information on this page or contact the park volunteer coordinator at 845-229-7770 or by email.
Garden Maintenance Volunteers
Our Garden Maintenance Volunteers help grow and maintain plants, as well as inform visitors about the plants and answer casual inquiries. Volunteers will work outside from April through October. With staff supervision, volunteers prepare planting beds, plant, weed, prune and deadhead, water and harvest. have several garden opportunites.
Val-Kill Landscape Garden Volunteers
Val-Kill Landscape Garden Volunteers assist with the restoration and maintenance of the Val-Kill landscape. Volunteers work under the direction of the park horticulturist on a variety of projects throughout the landscape. The volunteer gardening program takes place on Wednesdays from 9:00 am–12:00 pm. Gardening experience is not required. For more information contact Horticulturist Anna de Cordova at 845-229-4218 or by email.
Roosevelt Home Garden Volunteers
Roosevelt Home Garden Volunteers assist with the maintenance of the historic Roosevelt kitchen garden, nearly two acres in size. Volunteers work on Tuesdays & Fridays, 9am-Noon; every third Thursday of the month, 5pm-7pm; and every second Saturday of the month, 9am-11am. For more information contact Horticulturist Anna de Cordova at 845-229-4218 or by email.
Beatrix Farrand Garden Association Volunteers
Beatrix Farrand Garden volunteers meet each Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 9am to 11am, mid April through October. Volunteers also assist with garden educational programs, the annual plant sale, social media, and mailings. Visit the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association website for more information.
Frederick Vanderbilt Garden Association
Frederick Vanderbilt Garden Association volunteers meet from spring to fall on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am-Noon (8am-Noon during the heat of summer); and Wednesday at 4:30pm when the days are longer. Other volunteer opportunities are also available from planning and organization to leading garden tours. Visit the Frederick Vanderbilt Garden Association website for more information.
Tour Guide Volunteers
Tour Guide Volunteers introduce the public to the park's history and stories leading tours through our historic houses. We are currently accepting applications for new volunteers who we train to lead tours for school or adult groups. Candidates of all backgrounds are welcome. No prior training is required. Training is conducted by our knowledgable park rangers. Other volunteer opportunities include assisting park ranger guides with large tour groups, or answering questions and assisting the public in our park visitor centers. For more information, contact the park volunteer coordinator at 845-229-7770 or by email.
Amtrak Trails & Rails Volunteers
Trails & Rails Volunteers share stories about national, state and local parks as well as places of interest onboard select Amtrak trains. The Trails & Rails partnership between Amtrak, the National Park Service, and Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University connects trains, parks, and people from the comfort of their seat or in a lounge car. Our park's program is hosted on Amtrak's Croton-Harmon, NY—Hudson, NY line. For more information on volunteering with the Trails & Rails program, contact Park Ranger Mike Autenrieth at 845-229-7770 or by email.
Education Volunteers support the park education team in a range of activities developing and conducting field trip, distance learning, and school visit programs. For more information on opportunities, contact Education Specialist Michael Zwelling at 845-229-9115, extension 2029, or by email.
Last updated: February 1, 2021