Become a Volunteer

Thank you for inquiring about volunteer opportunities with Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. We are delighted to hear of your interest and hope you will consider joining us.

Enjoy a unique opportunity that combines the love and nostalgia for the railroad with the reward of helping provide an opportunity for thousands of people to ride the rails, visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park and enjoy the heritage of the area.

CVSR is one of the premier scenic railroads in the United States – running through the heart of the great Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Currently stretching from Independence to Akron, Ohio, our route parallels the beautiful towpath and canal route. Together with the National Park Service, we provide entertainment, education and fun for more than 213,000 passengers annually.

Our volunteers are a critical part of our success, and serve in jobs ranging from concessionaire to engineer. As a CVSR volunteer, you will be a part of exciting Northeast Ohio events like Day Out With Thomas and Polar Express. Through on-the-job training you’ll learn about the railroad system, schedules, safety and sign up procedures.

Please complete our online application if you are interested in volunteering.

Once your application is processed you will be invited to attend an orientation. These are held on an as needed basis at the Fitzwater Yard.

We are looking forward to having you aboard – and please don’t hesitate to call 800-468-4070, ext 226, if you have questions or need additional information.

Download the CVSRVA Policy and Procedure Manual.

Download CVSRVA Informational Flyer.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Volunteer Association


Dale Pelsozy: CVSRVA President: 216-870-2108

Carol Schroeder: CVSRVA Vice President: 440-526-3837

Sherri Lemley: CVSR Manager – Volunteer Relations: 234-759-0091

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