• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Do you have passion for this park, and are you looking for a continuous and meaningful way to get involved? Park Ambassador volunteers provide direct and regular interaction with park visitors through formal and informal programs, events, and presentations. The Volunteer Management Office is accepting applications until January 21 for Park Ambassadors. For more information on the Park Ambassador volunteer positions, we strongly recommend attending one of our Park Ambassador Information Meetings.
The Information Meetings will take place on Wednesday, January 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Happy Days Lodge, located at 500 West Streetsboro Road Peninsula, OH 44264, and on Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m. - Noon, at Hines Hill Conference Center, located at 1403 W. Hines Hill Peninsula, OH 44264. Volunteer applications will be available at each orientation.
Volunteers work with NPS staff in communities surrounding CVNP with a focus on Cleveland and Akron neighborhoods. Volunteers duties include staffing booths and assisting with the presentation of programs that highlight the resources of CVNP.
Time Commitment: One event per month
Shifts: Vary based on program and event times, events take place year-round.
Location: vary based on program and events
Extra training needed: Shadowing and on the job training
Volunteers work with other NPS volunteers to facilitate a biking experience for youth from the Cleveland and Akron areas. Volunteers assisting with fitting bikes and helmets to youth, accompanying youth on a bike ride along the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, and ensuring youth are safe on the ride.
Time Commitment: Four events per year
Shifts: Vary based on program and event times, late May and October.
Location: Vary based on program and events
Extra training needed: Shadowing and on the job training, background check is required.
Get Up Get Out and Go (GGG)
Volunteers work with NPS staff to provide recreational opportunities to community groups that travel to the park. Activities include: hiking, field games, biking, fishing, and other activities that involve experiencing the park through recreation.
Time Commitment: Two events per month
Shifts: Vary based on program and event times, these programs take place predominately in the summer.
Location: vary based on program and events
Extra training needed: Shadowing and on the job training, background check is required
Provide an opportunity for park visitors to learn more about CVNP and the opportunities that canine companions can have along the trails. Through sharing personal experiences, dog-related rules and regulations and general orientation and information, Paw Patrol helps provide a unique visitor experience and an opportunity to contact a well-behaved and trained canine volunteer and their owner. Duties include carrying reasonable literature, water and maintaining a safe environment surrounding themselves and their canine companion.
Time Commitment: 40 hours / year
Shifts: various, depending on availability of hiking partner and need of patrols at specific events/locations
Locations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park wide, parades, special events
Extra Training: Canine Good Citizen, First Aid and CPR
Volunteers will present informal interpretation aboard CVSR on regularly scheduled runs. During the train ride they will distribute literature, share pelts, and answer questions about the national park.
Time Commitment: Minimum commitment is one shift a month November – May and two shifts a month June – October
Shifts: A shift consists of a 3-hour round trip out of any boarding station. Volunteer may do two shifts on the same day
Locations: Aboard CVSR, boarding at any boarding station
Extra training needed: New Rovers are required to attend a basic training. Experienced Rovers are required to attend an annual refresher. New volunteers will shadow experienced volunteers.
S.E.T. (Special Events Team)
Assist rangers with on-site special events, including Monthly Lyceum Series, Cuyahoga Valley Series Concerts, and Music in the Meadow. Volunteer can help out in a variety of areas: directing traffic flow in the parking lot, taking tickets and operating the cash box, or serving refreshments.
Time Commitment: Flexible
Shifts: Evenings on Weekdays and Weekends (Typically Friday evenings for Lyceums; Wednesday evenings for Music in the Meadow; and Friday and Saturday evenings September - May for Heritage Concert Series)
Locations: Happy Days Lodge and Howe Meadow (mostly)
Extra training needed: 2-hour SET Team Training
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.
Time Commitment: Minimum of one 4-hour shift per week.
Shifts: Flexible, mornings and/or afternoons, on Weekends.
Locations: Stanford House
Extra training needed: on the job training/shadowing, on-site updates at the beginning of your shift, CPR/AED/First Aid
Trail Mix Shop Greeter
Assist retail staff in the operation of the stores by providing excellent customer service, greeting visitors, providing information/orientation, and provide First Aid/CPR when needed and maintain First Aid/CPR requirements. By keeping abreast of current park resources and issues, promote the national park and the Conservancy’s operations to visitors. Rove between Trail Mix Peninsula and the Peninsula Depot to welcome visitors to Peninsula, encouraging visits to Trail Mix Peninsula. Rove between Trail Mix Boston and the Volunteer Management Office, answering questions and greeting visitors. Duties include carrying and lifting.
Time Commitment: Bi-weekly shifts preferred. Long-term commitment preferred.
Shifts: 3 to 4-hour shifts; weekend afternoons and early evenings on weekdays
Locations: Trail Mix and Park Place in Peninsula
Extra training needed: on the job training, on-site updates at the beginning of your shift, CPR/AED/First Aid
Visitor Center Assistants
Assist rangers with the operation of the visitor center, including: greeting visitors, providing information/orientation, operating radios, and completing Eastern National sales; will provide First Aid/CPR when needed and maintain First Aid/CPR requirements; and will keep abreast of current resource issues and maintain knowledge of park and its resources. Most work will be performed indoors in historic structures.
Time Commitment: Weekly shifts preferred. Long-term commitment preferred.
Shifts: Mornings and Afternoons on Weekdays and Weekends
Locations: Boston Store Visitor Center, Canal Exploration Center, Hunt House
Extra training needed: First Aid and CPR Training, Foundations of Interpretation and Informal Interpretation, On-the-job training and shadowing.
Rove at the Wildlife Watcher Station and at times on the park trails. Volunteer has direct contact with park visitors by providing informal interpretation about the park resources and at times giving directions. Reports visitor emergencies and responds to first aid situations according to certification and training. Volunteer will lift and carry materials, work in variable weather conditions and hike all types of terrain.
Time Commitment: Shifts each month from February through November.
Shifts: Mornings, afternoons, and evenings on Weekdays and Weekends.
Locations: Great Blue Heron rookery on Bath Road, Station Road Bridge, Beaver Marsh, and possibly new sites.
Extra training needed: Interpretive Talk, Wildlife Watchers Training, First Aid and CPR Training, and a 3-day shadowing period.