CVNP VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK
The Volunteer Handbook is designed as a reference and guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and our Volunteers-in-Parks Program. The Handbook was updated October 2014 and we invite you to devote special attention to the updated uniform (pg 14), workers' compensation (pg 29), and training (pg 34;66) sections. Click here to download your copy of the 2014 CVNP Volunteer Handbook.
Addendums to the CVNP Volunteer Handbook:
- Uniform Policy
Click here to download the Uniform Policy.
- Injury and Workers' Compensation Policy for Volunteers
Click here to download the Workers' Compensation Policy.
CVNP VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Location given upon registration
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 email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER ENRICHMENT SERIES (Free; No pre-registration)
Second Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Happy Days Lodge (unless otherwise noted)
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, May 12
Digger Gallagher: Bringing the Canal Era Alive through Historic Characterization and Music
(Foster Brown, Historic Interpreter, Cleveland Metroparks)
Foster Brown, Historic Interpreter with Cleveland Metroparks will share a sampling of his educational character Digger Gallagher. Foster has been interpreting local history and writing music for nearly 25 years. He will share his insights on the techniques of creating an educational character that goes beyond dressing up and spewing facts. Be ready to sing and participate!
Tuesday, June 9*
Countryside Conservancy Farm Field Trip
(Countryside Conservancy Executive Director Darwin Kelsey, Countryside Conservancy Core Partnerships Manager Tracy Emrick, and Countryside Conservancy Farmers Mark and Emily Trapp)
Volunteers are invited to join us for a fun and informative evening with the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy. We will hear updates from the Countryside Conservancy Executive Director Darwin Kelsey and have the opportunity to tour a working farm and learn about the operation at the Trapp Family Farm.
*This Enrichment Series will happen at the Trapp Family Farm located at 1019 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44265.
TRAINING IN SAFETY (Free)
Participants will learn Citizen CPR (hands-only); First Aid; and protecting yourself from bloodborne pathogens.
Participants will learn Full CPR for children, adults, and infants; AED; First Aid; and protecting yourself from bloodborne pathogens.
To register, contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is open until we reach capacity or three business days before the scheduled course.
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)
Foundations of Interpretation
- Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m. Register Now
This class can also be taken online for free. Please scroll to "Online Training" for more information. Designed to provide a basic understanding of the theory and practice of interpretation, the course is ideal for volunteers who are communicating to visitors the stories of the park.
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)
Online training courses are available through the Eppley Institute. Click on the course names below for more information:
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.
Please track these programs and hikes on the Park Ambassador Continuing Education Form. Return the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.