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Contact: Pamela Barnes, 440-546-5994
Contact: Jamie Walters, 330-657-2142
Brecksville, Ohio – Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is seeking park enthusiasts for a number of public education and interpretive positions for 2017-2018. Park Ambassador volunteers have direct and regular interaction with park visitors through formal and informal presentations and interactions.
People interested in volunteering with one of the Park Ambassador volunteer groups are invited to an orientation on Saturday, January 7, from 10 a.m. to noon or on Wednesday, January 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge. Attending either of these orientations is strongly recommended for new volunteers. Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 West Streetsboro Road in Peninsula 44264. Volunteer applications will be available at each orientation.
Park Ambassador Volunteer Opportunities Include:
Community Engagement: Volunteers will present informal interpretation at community and organizational events that focus on health and wellness.
Education Program Leader: volunteers will lead 1.5 to 2 hour curriculum based programs for school-aged children. Volunteer will assist with program setup and clean up. Volunteer will be responsible for the education and safety of students during programming and provide First Aid & CPR when needed.
Lock 38 Presenter: Lead formal talks outdoors at Lock 38 and provide interpretive visitor services on the Towpath Trail.
Park Promoters: Promote Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Conservancy at on-site and off-site special events. Greet guests; answer questions; engage them in conversations about the national park; promote ways to become more involved in the national park.
Paw Patrol: Provide an opportunity for park visitors to learn more about CVNP and the opportunities that canine companions can have along the trails.
Roving Historian & Artisan: Provide Ohio & Erie Canal history and/ or demonstrate a 19th century trade or game to visitors along the Towpath Trail.
Rail Rovers: Volunteers will present informal interpretation aboard Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on regularly scheduled runs. During the train ride volunteers distribute literature, share pelts, and answer questions about the national park.
S.E.T. Team (Special Events Team): Help direct traffic and greet visitors attending concerts, lyceums, and other park special events.
Stanford Host: Greet visitors at welcome desk, provide general information regarding the park, help guests feel welcome and informed, check-out groups, and assist staff in maintaining the Stanford House in a guest ready state.
Trail Mix Ambassador: Assist Conservancy retail staff in the operation of the Trail Mix stores–provide excellent customer service, greet visitors, provide information/ orientation, maintain a clean safe store environment, and provide First Aid/CPR when needed.
Visitor Center Assistants: Assist rangers with operation of Boston Store Visitor Center, Canal Exploration Center, and Hunt House. Duties including: greeting visitors, providing information/orientation, operating radios, and completing Eastern National sales; will provide First Aid/CPR when needed.
Wildlife Watchers: Rove at popular park attractions and providing informal interpretation about the park resources and at times giving directions and responds to first aid situations according to certification and training.
Volunteers must have the ability to start conversation and advocate for the park and park partners; have strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills and comfort with public speaking. Individuals must be able to stand for extended periods of time and have some availability on weekends and holidays and preferably commit two to eight hours per month. Interpretation, First Aid/CPR, and position-specific training is provided.
Contact the volunteer office at email@example.com or 330-657-2299 for more information regarding these volunteer opportunities.
About the Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) Program CVNP’s VIP program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Together, they accomplish park goals through mutually beneficial volunteer experiences and engage people in the park, building a community of park stewards. Currently, more than 6,300 VIPs donate more than 209,000 hours to provide the highest level of quality services to park visitors and to help protect America’s heritage. To join these volunteers in making a difference at CVNP, contact the volunteer office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-657-2299, or visit conservancyforcvnp.org. Many opportunities are available and training is provided.
About Cuyahoga Valley National Park CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information about the park, visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.