Save Ellis Island is a thriving robust organization that was founded in 1999.

As the sole partner of the National Park Service for the restoration and preservation of the abandoned Ellis Island hospitals, our mission is to raise the funds needed to reopen these twenty-nine historic buildings for the public’s education and enjoyment.

Come join with us in our exciting ongoing adventure to accomplish our mission. We have several paid and volunteer positions available NOW. Free Ferry transportation from New York City or Jersey City, NJ will be provided.

Career Opportunities


Welcomes and assists visitors to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and our Hard Hat tour guests. Successful candidates must have a strong sense of hospitality, enjoy working with the public and have a sincere connection with SEI’s mission to preserve the buildings and the stories of the south side and the Ellis Island Hospital Complex. Candidates must be self-starting, flexible, exhibit good judgement and be able to independently resolve customer issues.

Responsibilities include greeting guests, providing information and wayfinding at the information desk, facilitating individual and group check-ins, selling tickets to our daily Hard Hat tours and leading tours if and when needed. The position is full-time, Saturday through Wednesday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.


To lead visitors on a 90-minute excursion back in time on tours of the unrestored hospital buildings on Ellis Island’s south side.

Responsibilities include conducting a 90-minute tour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday hours 11:00 am to 4:00pm each of your scheduled work days while following a script on the history of the hospital and the patients, Doctors and Nurses. Provide a positive and engaging museum experience for all visitors and comply with health and safety protocols. Must be willing to work a set scheduled work week that may include Saturdays and holidays. (Up to 15 hours per week)

You should have excellent oral communication skills and effective interpersonal skills in engaging diverse audiences. A demonstrated passion for storytelling. A College background in history, education, theater or related field is preferred. Experience in teaching or working in a museum, informal educational or classroom setting is highly preferred. Ability to perform work in buildings exposed to the elements.

We offer training, a great team and a fun and educational atmosphere to work in. The positions are non-exempt and report to the Visitor Services Manager. Free ferry transport from New York City or from Jersey City, NJ will be provided.


Volunteer opportunities available – see our volunteer page.

To apply or for more information contact Barbara McCarrick at (973) 383-1080 or email:

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