CVNP VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK
Addendums to the CVNP Volunteer Handbook:
- Injury and Workers' Compensation Policy for Volunteers
CVNP VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Want to volunteer in your national park? Attend this classroom-style orientation to learn more about CVNP and the Volunteers-in-Parks Program. Complete within your first six months of volunteering, but it is not required before you get started. For details and to register,contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEER ENRICHMENT SERIES (Free; No pre-registration)
Get the latest scoop about hot topics from park and community experts! This series will help you excel as a park steward. Refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and lectures are from 7 - 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. You may bring a guest. Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), 1 mile west of SR 8, Peninsula 44264.
2015 Topics and Speakers:
Tuesday, October 13
NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
Learn how the NPS mission is sometimes used in "non-traditional" ways to help communities complete projects. Andrea Irland, from the Midwest Region RTCA Ohio Field Office, will introduce the work being completed around the state, including several large-scale projects involving CVNP.
Tuesday, November 10
The Birds of CVNP and their Habitats
Dwight Chasar, CVNP volunteer and avid birder, will describe various bird habitats, natural and man-made, and the special birds that call our park home. From the forests to fields and rivers to marshes, these habitats are essential for the diversity of bird species found within CVNP.
Tuesday, December 8
Catching Up with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Join us for an evening with Craig Tallman, the President & CEO of the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad, as we look back on the year and begin looking at what's around the bend for the train in 2016 and beyond.
Note: This Enrichment will be preceded by a volunteer award presentation. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m.
TRAINING IN SAFETY (Free)
Participants will learn Full CPR for children, adults, and infants; AED; First Aid; and protecting yourself from bloodborne pathogens.
All CVNP volunteers are invited to attend. CVNP volunteers required to attend have first priority, everyone else will be placed on a waiting list. Find the updated safety requirements by volunteer position in the Volunteer Safety Training Appendix.
TRAINING IN INTERPRETATION (Free)
This course captures the spontaneous types of interactions interpreters have with visitors, whether informational or interpretive. Foundations of Interpretation is a pre-requisite for this course.
ONLINE TRAINING (Free)
If you take an online course, please send your certificate of completion to the volunteer office at email@example.com or fax it to 330-657-2381.
*To receive the discount code for classes that have a fee, contact Park Ranger Josh Bates at 330-657-2350 or e-mail us. This is an option if your volunteer position requires training in interpretation and you are not available to take the class when it is offered in the park.
PARK AMBASSADOR CONTINUING EDUCATION
Park Ambassadors are responsible for providing excellent visitor services at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To ensure volunteers have the knowledge base, all Park Ambassadors will be required to attend a total of two interpretive programs/trainings per year. And, all Hike Assistants are required to hike four different additional trails per year while not on duty as a Hike Assistant.