Available Positions


Director of Donor Relations


Provides management and oversight for fundraising; primarily individual and corporate support, including corporate sponsorships, annual and major gifts, with an emphasis on donor cultivation, stewardship and appropriate coordination with grants manager for all foundation submissions. Reports directly to the President and CEO.


  • Explores, analyzes, plans and develops current and new sources of financial funding.  Recommends and implements new fundraising initiatives as appropriate.
  • Develop strategies and plans to raise sufficient capital and operating funds for organizational needs.
  • Supports capital campaign, including liaison to committee, creating cultivation opportunities and coordinating campaign logistics, communications and reporting.
  • Develops and cultivates positive relationships with potential donors; corporate representatives, individuals and organizations.
  • Works closely with the President  & CEO, Board of Directors, Development Committee, volunteers, staff and consultants to create a culture of philanthropy for the organization.
  • Prepares reports for internal and external purposes; supervises the fundraising data base and all mailing lists relating to the work of donor development; ensures timely and accurate acknowledgment of all gifts.
  • Works cooperatively with the finance office to ensure accurate reporting for all donations.
  • Responsible for all fundraising records and files, ensuring accuracy, confidentiality and security.
  • Represents organization professionally in the philanthropic community, amongst potential donors and partner organizations.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree with five years of professional fundraising experience, including managing staff.
  • Demonstrated success raising significant funds for a nonprofit organization.
  • Working knowledge of the key elements of a comprehensive development program and experience in annual giving and sponsorship acquisition.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including outstanding presentation skills; strong analytical skills; and a broad awareness of community philanthropic resources. 
  • Must be able to plan, organize and prioritize multiple projects and be a team player, capable of maintaining positive relationships with people, including members of the board, staff, volunteers and donors.
  • Experience in writing and creating collateral materials and annual reports is a strong plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel, and fundraising software packages is required


Craig B. Tallman



Railroad Equipment Mechanic 

  • Perform the duties of a mechanic involved in inspecting, repairing, fabricating, and maintaining locomotives, passenger cars, company vehicles, shop equipment and facilities to meet and exceed expectations for positive, safe and reliable customer experience while maintaining a clean and respectable fleet appearance.
  • Work is performed under the supervision of the Chief Mechanical Officer.
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Comply with the guidelines set forth by the FRA on Personal Blue Signal Protection of Workers.
  • Inspect equipment components for compliance with FRA, Association of American Railroads (AAR), APTA (American Public Transportation Association) and CVSR standards.
  • Perform routine maintenance, inspection, trouble-shooting and repair of locomotives, railcars, company vehicles and equipment according to manufacturer’s and CVSR’s specifications including locomotive and passenger car daily and periodic inspections, brake tests, brake equipment inspections, fire safety and on-board emergency equipment and emergency exits inspection.
  • Installs and maintains electrical wiring and equipment, such as motors, generators, air-conditioning units, electrical outlets, and lighting fixtures of locomotives and passenger cars.
  • Identify or analyze defective components and indicate the necessary corrective action.
  • Operate light and heavy cranes, fork lifts, car moving equipment, and other various vehicles.
  • Perform emergency repairs of railroad rolling stock.
  • Operate electrical and gas welding equipment to join a variety of metals and alloys; operate acetylene torches for cutting and/or shaping metal parts such as aluminum, cast iron, steel.
  • Service active consist, water, check/replenish diesel engine fluids, inspect for safety or reliability concerns and address as needed.
  • Climb on and off equipment, set or release hand brakes, couple and uncouple air hoses, electrical (HEP), and audio connections between rail cars, ride moving cars by hanging on grab irons, or ladders.
  • Clearly communicate mechanical, switching, or operation crews for train position, coupling, uncoupling, or change speed, using telecommunications equipment or hand signals properly to FRA and CVSR standards.
  • Operate and properly align track switches and derails to change routing of locomotives or passenger cars within yard limits or on the main line. Check switch points to make sure switch is clear of ballast, debris, snow, ice.
  •  Maintain written and computer records for maintenance and repairs as required.
  • Give direction and share knowledge to part time seasonal mechanical staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure the safe, reliable, and enjoyable working conditions of the CVSR volunteer staff.
  • Fill in as train service staff as required.
Inquires to: finance@cvsr.com
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Willing to submit to an employment, criminal and driving background review.
  • Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English.
  • Able to work outdoors in extreme all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet).
  • Work a 40 hour work week, with flexible hours as needed.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 75 pounds with or without assistance.
  • Possess a valid state-issued driver’s license, CDL preferred.
  • Able to use hands to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling.
  • Able to perform work on uneven surfaces, frequently climb ladders and on/off equipment, and work from various heights including making repairs on top of locomotives and railcars.
  • Able to work in conditions that include loud noise and fumes, work on and around heavy and moving machinery, bend, walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time and use hand tools.
  • Follow safety policies and procedures and wear the required personal protective equipment required for the job in a safe manner.
Please send resume to: tjaite@cvsr.com

Seasonal Positions:

Concessionaires needed for employment throughout season. Please send resume to: finance@cvsr.com




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