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.
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 (located at the bottom of this page).

If you have questions please call Franceska Macsali-Urbin at 845-229-6225.
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 tour and school groups.

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.

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.

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

Last updated: February 7, 2019

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