Crew/Volunteer Agreement


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 agreement 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

  • Elf - Plays a crucial role in creating a magical and enchanting experience. Main responsibilities include spreading cheer, laughter, and happiness. Engages with guests and leads festive songs and dance.
  • North Pole Postmaster - Responsible for gathering precious letters to Santa and delivering them to the North Pole. As the guardian of children's heartfelt wishes, maintaining confidentiality is of utmost importance!
  • Santa - Helps the "original" Santa Claus bring joy and happiness to children of all ages. Visits with guests and listens to their wish lists. Poses for photos and videos. Must maintain a clean and tidy appearance by wearing the classic red suit and grooming your beard to perfection.
  • Other Opportunities - North Pole Conductor, Pedestrian Traffic Control, Parking Attendant, First Aid Elf, Concessions, Train Decorator.
  • 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, review tickets, answers passenger questions during the trip and helps 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, 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 ]