Full-time Positions

Major Gifts Manager


CVSR has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, go-getting fundraising and development professional. This position will oversee Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroads development strategy to grow individual major gifts through identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospects.


  • Develop annual plan that includes clear goals and objectives for growing individual major gifts in conjunction with the organizations capital campaign plans.
  • Develop “top prospect” lists based on giving histories, research and anecdotal knowledge.
  • Create individualized cultivation strategies for a select number of donors each quarter based on guidance from senior management, and overall fundraising strategies.
  • Maintain actual portfolio of 100major gift donors, (gift amounts beginning at $1500)
  • Work with senior management and the Board of Trustees to execute solicitations of potential major gift donors.
  • Oversee annual solicitation strategy and moves management process.
  • Oversee appropriate recognition opportunities for major donors, which may include special events, targeted print and online publications, and/or physical sites for permanent acknowledgements.
  • Collaborate with other team members regarding stewardship.


  • 3-5 years of experience in sales or development (capital campaigns and/or major gift solicitation is a plus).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Superb interpersonal skills and the ability to actively listen.
  • Team oriented focus with the ability to work independently.
  • Highly organized & detail oriented.
  • Adaptable and flexible in fast-paced environment, able to multi-task and handle several priorities simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated initiative and willingness to take on new projects.
  • Proficiency in MS Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Development database experience (Raisers Edge and/or Salesforce experience desirable).

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HVAC Technician/Electrician – Commercial/Industrial/Transportation

An excellent opportunity for an individual who is interested in problem solving HVAC and electrical control systems on board historic railroad passenger cars and locomotives.

This position is responsible for performing installation, repair, and maintenance of a variety of systems on board our historic railroad locomotives and passenger cars.  These systems may include Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems for passenger comfort, commercial food and beverage refrigeration, electric water heating, equipment cooling blower systems, and a variety of electrical control systems.

Individuals applying for this position should be knowledgeable with the operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of HVAC systems and components. This position requires a strong working knowledge of heating elements, semi-hermetic and hermetic refrigerant compressors, thermal expansion valves, blower fans and motors, and control switches and relays.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Work safely and efficiently in a team environment
  • Install and repair electrical devices and equipment up to 1000 volts
  • Troubleshoot electrical and mechanical problems on motors (AC & DC voltage), motor controllers, and process controls
  • Troubleshoot and repair HVAC systems and components
  • Adjust HVAC system parameters to optimize performance and reliability
  • Perform preventative maintenance (PM) of HVAC systems and assist in developing progressive PM programs to maximize reliability and reduce costs
  • Develop electrical and fluid system schematics
  • Assist with planning and design of new equipment installations


  • Education and Experience
    • A High School diploma or general education degree (GED)
    • Two (2) years of electrical/HVAC trades service training.
    • Four (4) years of HVAC and/or Electrical work experience
    • Related experience and/or advanced training or any equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Certification and Licenses
    • Universal EPA Certification required
    • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    Candidates must:
  • Be able to read, understand, and develop electrical schematics
    • Possess a working knowledge of local and industry codes and standards
    • Be able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English.
    • Be able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet).
    • Be able to lift and carry up to 75 pounds
    • Be able to use hands to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling.
    • Be able to perform work on uneven surfaces, frequently climb ladders and on/off equipment
    • Be able to work on and around heavy and moving machinery, bend, walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time and use hand tools.
    • Be willing to submit to an employment, criminal, and driving background review

Working hours:

  • Approximately 40 hours per week, with overtime as needed
  • Primarily on-site at CVSR’s Fitzwater Maintenance Facility.  Occasional field service work along CVSR’s route may be required

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Part-time Positions

Ticket Seller


Sell train tickets to customers. Direct visitors and answer customer questions appropriately. Follow communication guidelines and procedures. Handle money responsibility and report daily ticket sales. Greet passengers in a friendly manner.


  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Must be able to work weekends.
  • Anywhere between 5-25 hours a week (seasonally based).
  • Available to work in both the Independence and Akron station locations.
  • Strong front facing Customer Service skills.
  • Customer orientation and ability to adapt/respond to different types of characters.
  • Friendly and works well in a team environment.
  • Strong communication abilities.
  • High school degree required, some college preferred.

Candidates without a flexible work schedule need not apply. Please submit resumes to customerservice@cvsr.com.

Seasonal Positions

Bike Aboard and Concessionaires needed for immediate employment through end of season including Polar Express.

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