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Volunteers helping during National Park Week
Local children volunteer to help spruce up the the landscaping around the visitor parking lot during National Park Week.

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You can help!

There are many ways to become involved with Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. We rely on volunteers, donors, our friends group and neighbors to preserve and and interpret Martin Van Buren and American antebellum history. Check out the following links to find out how to become involved

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Current Job Opportunities

Applications for jobs with the National Park Service are accepted via USAJOBS, the federal government's official source for federal job listings and employment opportunity information. The jobs listed below are drawn from USAJOBS, and clicking on any of them will take you to the detailed job announcement on USAJOBS.

2015 YCC crew
The 2015 Youth Conservation Corps worked in all areas of the park.  They assisted with resource management, visitor services and maintenance activities. 

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Youth Program Opportunities

last summer was the first year of our summer youth employment program designed to allow local area youths to learn more about the natural and cultural history of Columbia Country while providing job and leadership skills. We were fortunate to hire four young people who attend school in the Hudson and Chatham school districts. They accomplished projects on site like landscape management work, helping to maintain the Dutch Farming Heritage Trail, removing invasive species at the Martin Van Buren Nature Trails, and assisting with house tours. They shadowed the interpretation and curatorial staffs as well as learned about sustainable agriculture through working with our neighbors at Roxbury Farm. The program was also a pilot effort to reach out to the variety of different communities of Hudson.

In addition to hands-work experiences, the group was able to participate in numerous interactive learning experiences offered by many wonderful educational organizations and individuals in Columbia County and nearby. Among our cooperators this year were the Cornell Cooperative Extensions, the Sylvia Center, Fran Martino, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Iroquois Indian Museum, and the Columbia Land Conservancy. The group also had the opportunity to visit National Parks outside of Columbia County. They traveled to Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia to experience the drama of American history, and to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to enjoy the outdoors by hiking and camping.

We are very excited to continue this program next summer and hope to expand through increasing the number of youth hires, developing a more extensive set of college and career ready skills, participating more in-depth with projects for community partners, and providing additional leaderships and community outreach opportunities. Keep and eye out here and on our Facebook page for updates concerning recruitment for next year.

In the meantime, if you are a student at Hudson High School, we are hosting a community dialogue group to provide open discourse on relevant local issues while learning about their relation to the monumental events that happened during President Van Buren's lifetime-the era between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. contact for more information about this opportunity or come to our first meeting Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 3 pm in Room 54 at Hudson High School.

Last updated: June 13, 2016

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Martin Van Buren NHS
1013 Old Post Road

Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605


(518) 758-9689 x2040

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