Crew/Volunteer Application

Description

Ever wanted to be "behind the scenes" of a real working railroad? Want to work (and play) with a great group of people who like to hang out on trains? Then consider becoming a volunteer with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Volunteer Association (CVSRVA)!

The CVSRVA welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds and interests. All we ask is that you be 18 years of age or older, be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties required, and be willing to lend a bit of "elbow grease" to keep things running.

Positions are open in many different areas (see below) with training available if you'd like to become an Engineer, Conductor, or Brakeman. To get started, just complete and sign this application and return it to the above address. Better yet, come to one of our Volunteer Meetings at the Days Inn, 4742 Brecksville Road (Route 21), Richfield, OH 44286. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month (except December).

Positions Available

  • Engineer - Operates the train and conducts routine safety/inspection tests. Requires prior qualification as a Brakeman, completion of Engineer Training, passage of Rules Test, annual physicals etc.
  • Conductor - Directs train movement, passenger boarding/seating, and all personnel while in route. Requires prior certification as a Brakeman, completion of Conductor Training, passage of Rules Test, etc.
  • Brakeman - Handles train make-up ("switching"), conducts brake and safety tests, assists with mechanical problems while in route. Requires prior experience as a Trainman, completion of Brakeman Training, passage of Rules Test, etc.
  • Trainman - Assists the Conductor with passenger boarding/seating, takes tickets, answers passenger questions, assists with loading bikes, coolers, Christmas trees and other passenger items, cleans cars after run, etc. Requires on-job training.
  • Concessions/Gifts - Provides drinks, food, and gifts to passengers while in route. Cleans and maintains Concessions area.
  • Maintenance/Mechanical Department - Assists with coach and engine maintenance/repair as assigned under supervision of CVSR staff. Duties assigned are commensurate with experience and knowledge.
  • Office Work - Performs typing, filing, and other clerical duties as assigned in CVSR Office.
  • Special Events - Performs duties during Special Events (Fundraisers, Polar Express, etc.) as assigned.

Volunteer Overview

All new volunteers start by attending a short Orientation Session. The purposes of the Orientation are to 1) acquaint you with "how to volunteer", and 2) make sure you're aware of critical safety considerations. Once on board, you'll work with experienced staff/volunteers as a "New Volunteer." As soon as you complete 50 hours of service, you'll become an "Active Volunteer" and be eligible for training, expanded duties, etc.

[ Apply Now - 18 or Over ]