• Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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Do you enjoy history? Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people from all over the world? The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York is offering free trailer pad hook ups (water, sewer and 30/50 amp service) , and reimbursement for any propane use, in exchange for volunteering your time. Volunteers are required to contribute at least 32 hours per week, per person, work weekends, holidays and will receive a volunteer uniform.
Hyde Park is located approximately 90 miles north of New York City, or 70 miles south of Albany along the Hudson River.
Volunteer’s opportunities include:
-Presenting guided tours, staffing a busy informational desk, the collecting of entrance fees -Office clerical work-Museum and Collections work -Architectural preservation and Carpentry -Restoration and maintenance of landscapes and gardens
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York is offering free trailer pad hook ups (water, sewer and 30/50 amp service) , and reimbursement for any propane use, in exchange for volunteering your time. Volunteers are required to contribute at least 32 hours per week, per person. No pets.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Help us tell the story of a founding family! William Floyd, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first U.S. Congressman from New York’s 1st District was born and raised in the Old Mastic House and his family maintained an association with the Estate for eight generations!
Trained in this rich history by NPS Rangers, Docents give house tours to members of the public and school and other visiting groups. Other volunteer activities may include attending off-site fairs to represent the Estate and Fire Island National Seashore. This site is open Friday through Sunday; Memorial Day weekend to Veteran’s Day and is accessible by car.
• Botany • Conservation Education • Other • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science
This is a NPS Emeritus Opportunity
NOTE: This volunteer opportunity is reserved for National Park Service (NPS) Retirees only.
This position supports the long-term monitoring of horseshoe crabs at Fire Island National Seashore. Volunteers conduct horseshoe crab spawning surveys at selected bay beaches (primarily the Fire Island Lighthouse beach) on Fire Island. Surveys occur at night during the five day period surrounding May and June’s new and full moon high tides. Volunteers will be supervised by the Seashore’s Wildlife Biologist and must be available for at least 2 (out of 12) surveys. They will need to attend a scheduled training, follow a standardized survey protocol, record data, and return data sheets to the project supervisor. Volunteers will work in teams of 2 or more and are expected to wear footwear suitable for beach/bay intertidal zone and provide basic personal equipment (flashlight, cell phone for recording time & any emergency situations, work gloves). All other equipment needed will be provided by the Wildlife Biologist. In addition, they may work in adverse weather conditions and must have the ability to walk 2 to 3 miles at night on sandy terrain.
• Botany • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Greeting visitors heading to the Watch Hill district. Providing information on ferry service, campgrounds, facilities, programs, other sites on the island and other events. Assist the park ranger with keeping an watchfull eye on artifacts, artwork, and other activites that will be occuring in the ferry terminal. All vounteers work from 9-1pm on either a Saturday or Sunday. This is a seasonal position from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
• Botany • Other • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Description: If you have a green thumb or knack for gardening, this may be for you! Assist with weeding, mulching, and general upkeep of the Native Plant/Pollinator Garden at the Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal. This garden is a registered Monarch Way Station, providing necessary habitat or pollinating butterflies and bees, as well as an enjoyable place for community residents and ferry passengers. (Seasonal)
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all conditions.
Certain duties may require completion of a federal background check, and a passing score on the NPS IT Security Test for use of government computers.
• Botany • Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Work with the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society to keep the light shining. Share the rich maritime history of Fire Island with visitors and school children. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include providing tower tours, school groups presentations, nature walks, administrative assistance, social media, maintenance and gift shop sales. Seasonal volunteer positions include attending off-site fairs, and general maintenance of the facility. This site is open year-round and is accessible by car for volunteers.
Knowledge, experience, or interest in maritime history
Knowledge and/or interest in Fire Island's natural and cultural features
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Share your passion for Fire Island's natural and cultural resources and assist with visitor center operations and tours. Volunteer responsibilities include greeting visitors and conveying information about the park, answering phones and assisting with administrative tasks, conducting bookstore sales, and maintaining exhibits. Volunteers may assist with the development and implementation of natural history/ history programs for a variety of age groups at park sites and at offsite venues.
- Knowledge and/or interest in Fire Island's natural or cultural resources.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all conditions.
- Strong communication skills.
- Positions available year-round. Volunteer must commit to at least one day per week June through August.
- Volunteer must wear Volunteer in Parks uniform (provided).
- Participation in park offered orientation and interpretive training opportunities.
- Certain duties may require completion of federal background check.
• Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Weed/Invasive Species Control
The Maintenance Division is responsible for performing tasks and duties related to landscape maintenance, painting, carpentry, electrical repair or installation, janitorial and custodial duties.
Work is indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions. Work also requires standing for long periods.
Depending on level of experience, many duties require no prior job training or experience. Use of a variety of hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, measuring tapes, etc., is required.
Duties May Include:
Janitorial/custodial duties in visitor center, administrative and historic buildings. Sweep, dust surfaces, clean picnic facilities, and perform related tasks.
Landscape maintenance including the operation of various gasoline-powered mowers and yard vacuums, electric hedge trimmers, and a variety of hand tools.
Assist in fertilizing, weeding, planting shrubs and grass; simple tree trimming/pruning, mulching, and related tasks.
May assist skilled maintenance workers in non-technical work such as basic carpentry or painting.
Maintain hand tools and similar equipment and may perform basic operator maintenance on power equipment.
Share a basic knowledge of Sagamore Hill, the Roosevelt family, and other general information with park visitors.
Work requires light to moderate physical effort such as frequently lifting and carrying objects, bending, stooping and reaching, using ladders, vacuum cleaners, etc.
The general training for all volunteers will be performed by the Chief of Maintenance or his/her designees. The supervisor provides the volunteer with specific training for the tasks assigned, to enable the volunteer to work in a satisfactory manner.
The Chief of Maintenance and Volunteer Supervisor will evaluate the volunteer's performance on the following factors:
• Ability to follow directions
• Ability to work in a safe manner
• Familiarity with park operations and regulations
• Computers • Research Library • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Other • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Volunteers provide valuable services to the museum in many capacities. Museum projects include working with the museum collection, archives, library and oral history program. Volunteers also provide information to the public, working at the Library front desk. Ellis Island has now expanded its exhibits to cover the early yeas of US immigration before the opening of Ellis Island and the New Era Immigration exhibit on contemporary US immigration.
Volunteer projects are available Monday - Friday all year.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Women's Rights National Historical Park Park Information Assistant will aid in staffing the visitor's center (VC) while representing the National Park Service in a professional manner. Volunteers will:
provide high quality customer service
share information with visitors
provide interpretation as needed
distribute official printed infromation
have an undertanding of books and items in the VC store
operate the cash register
start and stop audio-visual equipment
Volunteeer schedule is 4 - 20 hours per week, 9:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Volunteers will willingly and effectively and communicate with visitors to share the mission of Women's Rights National Historical Park and the overarching mission of the National Park Service.
Volunteer training will include NPS policies and procedures, 1848 Women's Convention History, knowledge of our properties and exhibits, articles and books in the Visitor's Center store, cash register operation, starting and stopping video equipment, and
• Computers • Research Library • General Assistance
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Volunteers assist with transcribing and translating early commercial sound recordings (c. 1890 - 1930s). Performed by immigrants for other immigrants, these recordings document the struggles, misunderstandings and joys experienced by immigrants. Many recordings contain a mixture of languages.
Conduct tours of this historic mansion and interpret the events surrounding Theodore Roosevelt's inauguration. Tour groups may range from elementary grades to senior citizens. Opportunities for on-call and regular schedule volunteers.