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.
CVNP 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.
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 clickingHERE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, April 11 Rocks and Fossils of Cuyahoga Valley
(Dr. Rodney M. Feldmann, Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Geology, Kent State University)
Dive into the rich geologic history of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and explore the past world of the once living creatures that are now frozen in stone. Learn about special places to observe geologic features as well as some fantastic fossils. Dr. Feldmann’s paleontology research has taken him around the world, but his work in Northeast Ohio has led to the development of two widely respected books, Ohio Fossils and Geology of the Southern Great Lakes.
Note: This Enrichment will be preceded by a volunteer award presentation. Refreshments begin at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9 An Evening with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
(Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Staff)
Join the Conservancy for CVNP at May’s enrichment series to share your dreams for the park that intersect with the Conservancy’s programs. May’s series will begin with the Conservancy sharing highlights on the Visitor Center project, East Rim trail, youth education programs, adult programs, cultural arts programs and fundraising initiatives so you’re equipped to share that information with park visitors. Then, we’ll round out the evening with an interactive discussion where you can share your dreams, visions, and new possibilities to help the Conservancy manifest its mission for CVNP: to engage public support and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park.
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.
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.
If you take an online course, please send your certificate of completion to the volunteer office at email@example.com 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.