Volunteer Training

Headwater Monitoring
Headwater Monitoring

NPS/ Ted Toth

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.

Addendums to the CVNP Volunteer Handbook:
- Uniform Policy

- Injury and Workers' Compensation Policy for Volunteers


Volunteer Orientation
This orientation is designed to provide prospective volunteers with information about the park's mission, vision, and partners. Learn about CVNP's expectations and standards for volunteers and gain confidence as a CVNP volunteer. We also introduce those in attendance to over 100 volunteer positions that the park offers. Location given upon registration.

  • Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register Here
 

Volgistics Training


Volunteer hour tracking is up and running in CVNP! If you've already completed training for using your personal profile on Volgistics, you can access your login page by clicking here.

If you have not completed training yet, you can now access the course materials including an E- learning tool, user manual, and frequently asked questions guide by clicking here.
If you are new to volunteering in the park, or have questions about your Volgistics account please contact the Volunteer Management Office at volunteer@forcvnp.org.
 
 
Volunteer Enrichment Presentation
Park Volunteers enjoying an Enrichment Series presentation at Happy Days Lodge

NPS/Shelby Lewis


Volunteer Enrichment Training

*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.

2016 - 2017 Topics and Speakers:

Tuesday, November 14
Trails Open House
(Jeff Pettigrew, Trails Volunteer Coordinator; Andrea Irland, National Park Service:River, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program; and special guests)

Join us as we recap 2017 trail projects and provide updates regarding the East Rim Trail System and the Cuyahoga River Water Trail. We will discuss these updates relative to the Trail Management Plan, which guides staff and volunteer objectives. After presentations by Trails Volunteer Coordinator Jeff Pettigrew and Outdoor Recreation Planner Andrea Irland, from the NPS: Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program, you can visit information stations to learn about various trail projects, organizations, and volunteer opportunities.

 

Training In Safety (Free)

*Location given upon registration

Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR, & AED

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.

 
Wildlife Watchers
Wildlife Watchers. NPS/Ted Toth


Training in Interpretation (Free)

Foundations of Interpretation
Classes are completed for this year.

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.

Informal Interpretation
Classes are completed for this year.

This course captures the spontaneous types of interactions interpreters have with visitors, both informational and 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 volunteer@forcvnp.orgor 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 Ambassadors: 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/training's 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 volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

Phone:

(330) 657-2752

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