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.
Topics and Speakers:
Tuesday, November 11
Tuesday, December 9
Note: This Enrichment will be preceded by a volunteer award presentation. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m.
TRAINING IN SAFETY (Free)
Saturday, November 22, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 23, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
To register, contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email email@example.com. Registration is open until we reach capacity or three business days before the scheduled course.
TRAINING IN INTERPRETATION (Free)
Foundations of Interpretation
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)
If you take an online course, please send your certificate of completion to the volunteer office at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Did You Know?
The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.