Volunteer Training

Headwater Monitoring
Headwater Monitoring

NPS/ Ted Toth

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 updated 2016 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.


 
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 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.

2016 - 2017 Topics and Speakers:

Tuesday, February 14
An Evening with the Akron Zoo
(Carrie Bassett, Education Specialist at the Akron Zoo)

Join us February 14th, as Carrie Bassett, Education Specialist at the Akron Zoo, discusses zoo programs that aim to improve animal conservation efforts at home and around the world. A former field instructor intern at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, Ms. Bassett will bring along a few feathered friends for what is sure to be an exciting and lively evening.

This VIP Enrichment program will take place in the November Lodge Legacy Room at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center located at 3675 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264.

Tuesday, March 14
Peregrine Falcons in the Valley
(Chad and Chris Saladin, Peregrine Falcon Nest Monitors)

Join us as nest monitors, Chad and Chris Saladin, describe their work observing the peregrine falcons living underneath the I-80 Bridge in CVNP. For many years, this husband and wife duo has worked diligently to assist in recovery efforts to help the peregrine falcon to be no longer classified as “threatened” in Ohio in 2015. We will learn about the peregrine’s amazing life history, astonishing agility, speed, and dynamic personality.

 

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)

Location given upon registration

Foundations of Interpretation

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

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 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 volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

Phone:

(330) 657-2752
This information line is answered by staff at Boston Store Visitor Center. Core hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and hours may be extended during peak season. Boston Store Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

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