Our red-vested Walkway Ambassadors are the welcoming faces you see when you visit the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. They are the pulse of the Walkway, serving as greeters, tour guides and information providers, and assisting Park staff. Volunteer Ambassadors enjoy giving back to the community by sharing their time and knowledge of the region to enhance the Walkway experience.
You can join this energized and committed Ambassador corps, now more than 150 strong, and be a part of Walkway Over the Hudson's connection to more than 600,000 visitors each year. Walkway Ambassadors come from all walks of life. Whether you are retired, empty-nesting, or just seeking to become part of a fun and lively group of people, we encourage you to join us!
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When you decide to become a volunteer, your initial training will include both a classroom portion and an on-bridge portion, including an on-site tour. Additionally, you will receive a mentor and sales training to learn more about how to support our merchandise and information pavilions. Our volunteer program has been recognized by New York State as a model for other park volunteer programs statewide.
Continuing education includes the following specialized training and classes:
CPR and First Aid certification classes
Field trips to various parks and historic sites within a 90-mile radius to help volunteers point out to visitors other attractions that are available in the area.
After completing the required trainings and 10 additional volunteer hours, new trainees will be officially vested, receiving their red Ambassador vest at our Vesting Ceremony!
What do Walkway Ambassadors do?
Create a welcoming environment for all visitors and peers
Promote safety at all times, being aware of visitors and surroundings
Provide information and guidance on “what to do in the area”
Sell Walkway apparel and souvenirs
Lead tours and communicate the work of the organization
Promote membership and volunteer recruitment
Provide program and event assistance including, planning, management, logistics, traffic control, etc.
Provide resources and skills to help maintain the Walkway's reputation as a world renowned attraction
What do our Ambassadors say?
Here are some quotes from a few of our ambassadors:
The Walkway is a great opportunity for any volunteer. It's a way to connect with the community; let visitors know about the beauty and history of the area; and to interact with visitors who are always in a good mood. --Kevin
It's a great way to meet lots of interesting people and to support the Walkway. --Judy
Since the Walkway opened in 2009, I have loved chatting with visitors from all over the world. Now that I am retired, I have a great group of new friends and lots to keep me busy. --Michele
We welcome new volunteers who wish to share their unique skills with the Walkway and our visitors!
Interested in becoming a Walkway Ambassador? Contact Volunteer Services Manager Tamara Palmateer at 845-454-9649 x110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.