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Educator or Visitor Service Opportunities on Ellis Island

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ORGANIZATION: Save Ellis Island

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The Save Ellis Island Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the awareness and funds necessary for the preservation, rehabilitation, reuse of the twenty-two historically significant and abandoned buildings on Ellis Island, and return them to use for public education and enjoyment. The Foundation serves as the National Park Service designated fundraising partner for this project. Save Ellis Island is committed to preserving this national treasure dedicated to America’s immigrant story. It has been estimated that more than 40 percent of America’s population today can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.

Training is provided and volunteer time is a commitment of two (2) days per month and a five (5) hour shift day.

Information Desk Volunteers

Information desk volunteers support the docents and tour guides by registering guests for tours to the abandoned Immigrant Hospital buildings on Ellis Island. Good communication skills are required and an enjoyment with meeting people! Training is provided and a minimum commitment of (2) Two, (5) Five hour days per month of volunteer time.

Docents and tour guides lead public tours for visitors to one of the most important National Parks and Monuments in the United States. Qualified applicants will lead visitors on a 90-minute excursion back in time on tours of the unrestored hospital buildings on Ellis Island’s south side. This side of the island is not open to the general-public, and may only be accessed through one of Save Ellis Island’s tours or education programs. Tours are sold out weeks in advance.

1 Shift

  • 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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About Save Ellis Island


National Museum of Immigration, Ellis Island, New York, NY 10004, US

Mission Statement

To raise the funds necessary to rehabilitate, restore and put to beneficial reuse the currently deteriorated and unused buildings of Ellis Island, located primarily on its south side.


Although the National Park Service restored the main Registry Building and opened it to the public as the Immigration Museum in 1990, thirty other buildings on Ellis Island remained empty and unused from the time the Island ceased operation as an immigration station in 1954. These buildings were the U.S. Public Health Service hospitals that treated 1.2 million sick and infirm immigrants upon their arrival. After a landmark Supreme Court decision in 1998 awarded 22.5 of the 27.5 acres of Ellis Island to the state of New Jersey in 1998, the fate of those buildings changed. Following a state-initiated study, including public input, a New Jersey force formed Save Ellis Island, Inc. in 2000 as the non-profit partner of the National Park Service, with the goal of raising the funds necessary to restore the hospital buildings for the public's benefit in a manner that would be financially sustainable.


Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Arts & Culture, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


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Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration StatueNew YorkNew York, NY 10004


  • Office Reception
  • Customer Service
  • Public Speaking
  • Storytelling
  • Teaching / Instruction




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • (5) hours per volunteer day, (2) days per month

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