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This is the Notification List for the Brush Pile Building & Burning Class, a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers with 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or Site Steward.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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Locations across Forest Preserves, Cook County.


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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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This class is offered several times throughout the year.

To see if there are any available dates, click on the website at the bottom of this page.

* Learn how to properly construct, safely ignite, monitor and secure brush piles
* Learn the pre and post-burn communication requirements
* Learn how to utilize weather data and to make site observations that will inform decisions at workdays
* This class, a written test and two field observations are required to become a Brush Pile Burn Boss
* Fulfills one of the three class requirements to become a Stewardship Workday Leader
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15 HOURS ONLINE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION

Click "SIGN UP" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and you can sign up for it (about 45-60 days before the class date).



Description

Take the first step towards being certified as a Chicago Wilderness Brush Pile Burn Boss*. In this regionally accepted training, learn how to properly construct, safely ignite, monitor and secure brush piles as part of restoration projects. Understand the pre- and post-burn communication requirements, become confident in utilizing weather data, supervising others around a burn pile, and making site observations that will inform decisions at workdays.


The Chicago Wilderness Brush Pile Building & Burning Class is a training opportunity for experienced volunteers currently working with CW agenciences to manage or restore natural areas. 15+ hours of reported ecological stewardship experience or the recommendation of agency staff or a site steward experienced with brush pile burning are required for enrollment.

*This course does not certify you to manage prescription fire.

Requirements:

Participants in this workshop must meet the following requirements to be eligible to be a volunteer Brush Pile Burn Boss:
*A current volunteer at an agency, non-profit, or other organization that manages or owns land and has the environmental permits, guidance, and policies in place to conduct brush burning. (This training is not intended for private individual landowners)
*15+ hours of reported ecological stewardship experience or the recommendation of agency staff or a site steward experienced with brush pile burning are required for enrollment.
*Two field observations
*Review of agency specific requirements with a representative of the agency you will burn with are required to complete your CW Brush Pile Burn Boss certification following the training.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location

Cook County IL

Description of location
Locations throughout Cook County


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Website:
https://ec.volunteernow.com/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1405&class=OppDetails&oppGuid=031BC722-1E2A-4C1E-81C1-FD8B479480B1


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Requirements

To become a Chicago Wilderness Brush Pile Burn Boss, requirements are:
*Attend a Brush Pile Building and Burning class
*Complete a written test
*Two field observations
*Review of agency specific requirements with a representative of the agency you will burn with are required to complete your CW Brush Pile Burn Boss certification following the training.

This class is also one of the three class requirements to become a FPCC Stewardship Workday Leader.

You MUST HAVE RECORDED 15+ hours of reported ecological stewardship experience ONLINE or have a recommendation from a Site Steward, Workday Leader or agency staff.

If you cannot make the class date or the date does not show up below (because it is full), sign up for the Brush Pile Building & Burning Class Notification list (located on the Training Page). You will then receive notification when the next date is posted.



Description

This is the Notification List for Brushcutter Training, a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers with 30+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a Site Steward.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Requirements

This class is typically offered twice yearly.

* There will be a classroom review of safety issues, proper maintenance, including blade changing and sharpening and a field portion demonstrating proper operation, followed by practice time for each participant
* Wear sturdy leather boots and outdoor clothing to the training
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 30 HOURS ONLINE

Click "APPLY" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and you can sign up for it (about 45-60 days before the class date).



Description

Join John McCabe, Director of Resource Management, for a discussion on the challenges of implementing prescription fire in the second most populated county in the country. John has been utilizing prescribed fire as a land management tool for over 25 years and is a board member on the Illinois Prescribed Fire Council. Learn how and why the Preserve applies this critical management tool safely and effectively across our holdings. A Q&A will follow the presentation, where John will answer all your "burning" questions.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Virtual (On-line)
Cook County IL

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https://ec.volunteernow.com/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1405&class=OppDetails&oppGuid=031BC722-1E2A-4C1E-81C1-FD8B479480B1


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Description

National Safety Council First Aid/CPR training class for Forest Preserve staff and volunteers with at least 15 hours of service.

We are resuming 1st Aid/CPR classes with reduced class sizes and students must wear masks. The classroom will be set up where all students will be socially distant and the overhead doors will be open.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule below to see available times.


Location
Ogden and Howard
Western Springs IL

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Secondary contact:
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov


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Requirements

Weekday classes are typically offered once per month.

Saturday classes in 2020 will be:
September 19 and October 24

You can sign up for a class up to 90 days ahead of time.

* MUST BE FPCC STAFF OR A VOLUNTEER WITH AT LEAST 15 HOURS RECORDED ONLINE
* Bring your own lunch - 1/2 hour lunch break
* Wear comfortable clothes and shoes



Description

Have you recently left a restoration workday feeling so inspired that you thought about becoming a stewardship leader yourself? The Path to Stewardship Program can get you there, become an Aspiring Stewardship Workday Leader today! Stewardship Workday Leaders communicate with the Site Steward(s) to plan workdays that are productive and inclusive, and most importantly operate within the site's approved Management Schedule.

Learn to Plan Down to the Last Details:
Workday logistics such as: bringing the appropriate tools, posting signage when needed, collecting signed waivers, assuring brush pile calls are made and any other reporting or tasks are completed as needed.


Lead by Example:
Introductions and a site orientation help your group feel included and informed right from the start. Learn to effectively communicate workday safety rules, demonstrate proper techniques for basic workday activities (brush cutting, brush pile burning, collecting and sowing seed). Become confident in identifying target species and share your knowledge with others to ensure a targeted and productive workday.



Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location

Cook County IL

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Requirements

Identify a Steward who agrees to be your Coach through the Stewardship Workday Leader process, download the informational packet in the attachment link above.

Complete the 3 required courses:
1) Brush Pile Building and Burning
2) Managing Invasives
3) Group Leadership Training

Complete the Coaching process:
A) Observe Main Coach at a workday from start through finish
B) Observe One workdaysat an alternate stewardship site with a different steward
C) Lead workday at Main Site with Main Coach
D) Lead 1 workday with alternate Mentor observing either at main or alternate site
Recommendation for approval is signed by your coach

Attachments:

     Workday Leader Observation Form A

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     Workday Leader Observation Form B

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     Workday Leader Observation Form C

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     Workday Leader Observation Form D



Description

This is the Notification List for the Managing Invasives class, a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers with 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a Site Steward.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

Description of location
Classes are held at various locations each year.


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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Requirements

This class is typically offered in Spring and Summer.

To see if there are any available dates, click on the website at the bottom of this page.

* Learn the difference between native, non-native and invasive plants
* Learn how to identify invasive plants commonly encountered at stewardship sites
* Learn best management practices and how to effectively treat invasive species
* Training includes classroom experience and outdoor field component
* Certification requires passing a written exam and two field observations
* Fulfills one of the three class requirements to become a Stewardship Workday Leader
* You MUST HAVE RECORDED 15+ hours of reported ecological stewardship experience ONLINE or have a recommendation from a Site Steward, Workday Leader or agency staff.

Click "SIGN UP" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and you can sign up for it (about 45-60 days before the class date).



Description

Need to complete your Field Observation for the Managing Invasives/Invasive Species Management class or a review of invasive plants identification? Sign up for a field session and our knowledgeable forest preserve staff will reach out and schedule to meet you at your preferred day, time and site.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

Description of location
Classes are held at various locations across Cook County.


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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Requirements

* Must have completed the Managing Invasives/Invasive Species Management training (in person classroom or on-line).



Description

Do you enjoy connecting your friends, family and even complete strangers to the Forest Preserves? Make your excellent efforts official and become a Nature Ambassador Supporter. Help spread the word about the resources, programs and the benefits the Forest Preserves has to offer. Guidance will be provided.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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Secondary contact:
Community Outreach Coordinator Nina Baki
nina.baki@cookcountyil.gov


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Serve as a liaison between your group/community and the Forest Preserves by:
* Sharing information about events via email
* Handing out program brochures and other informational materials
* Providing feedback to the FPCC on the experiences of your group/community
* Reporting your engagement efforts on a quarterly basis
* Attending an annual meeting in your area with other ambassadors, FPCC staff and partners to discuss engagement strategies
* Showing the Forest Preserves Documentary to your group

The training for this role is easy, please join us!

See the attachment "Position Description" for more details



Description

This is the Notification List for the Practical Herbicide class, a training opportunity which provides an overview of herbicide application in natural areas for licensed Herbicide Operators or Applicators.


Register for upcoming classes here.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

Description of location
Classes are held at various locations each year.


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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Requirements

This class is typically offered in January.

This training will cover:
* Controlling invasives with herbicides
* Management Schedule and Plans
* State Licensing, Testing and Renewal
* Overview of types of herbicides available from FPCC
* Herbicide application methods
* Overview of application tools and supplies available from FPCC
* Storage, transportation, mixing and disposal
* Herbicide labels and Safety Data Sheets
* Environmental safety and personal safety
* Signage and recordkeeping
*Alternative License

Click "APPLY" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and you can sign up for it (about 45-60 days before the class date).



Description

This is the Notification List for the Reading the Landscape class, a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers with 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or Site Steward. Click "SIGN UP" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and available for registration.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

Description of location
Locations across Forest Preserves, Cook County.


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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Requirements

This class is offered several times throughout the year.

* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15 HOURS ONLINE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION

Click "SIGN UP" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and available for registration.



Description

Restoration ecologists have long recognized the integral role of soil in ecological restoration. Explore the science of soils in the Chicago Wilderness area, including formation, composition, identification, and learn how you can heal degraded soil.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
Virtual (On-line)
Cook County IL

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Website:
https://ec.volunteernow.com/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1405&class=OppDetails&oppGuid=031BC722-1E2A-4C1E-81C1-FD8B479480B1


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Requirements

* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 3+ ECOLOGICAL STEWARDSHIP HOURS ONLINE

*Click "SIGN UP" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and available for registration.



Description

This is for any Forest Preserves volunteer, new or experienced, to record their hours for picking up litter.

Maximum group size is 25....preferably 10 or fewer.

Volunteers look great in masks!

Link to Litter Hotspots List


Schedule

Dates: 4 May 2020 - 20 Feb 2023

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Monday: Mornings, Monday: Afternoons, Tuesday: Mornings, Tuesday: Afternoons, Wednesday: Mornings, Wednesday: Afternoons, Thursday: Mornings, Thursday: Afternoons, Friday: Mornings, Friday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall
Location

Cook County IL

Description of location
eCoordinator description of location


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Secondary contact:
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov


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Requirements

Review the Forest Preserve's COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for closure information, important updates and safety precautions. Closed sites are not accessible to volunteers.

* Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a cloth mask.
* Keep a minimum distance of six feet from other visitors at all times.
* Avoid touching communal surfaces such as picnic tables. Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizers.
* If you observe issues at a site, including illegal parking, overcrowding, or groups congregating, call the Forest Preserve police at 708.771.1001 or in case of emergency, 911. Do not confront visitors.
* Please report any poaching to the Forest Preserve police. Collection of plants and animals is strictly prohibited. This includes harvesting firewood; collecting mushrooms, wildflowers or other wild plants and their seeds; and otherwise removing or damaging any plants or trees.
* Bring your own snack and water bottle.
* Not all restrooms are open, plan ahead by checking the website
* If Forest Preserves trash cans are overflowing, please find another trash can to dispose of litter.
* Follow any additional Federal and State Guidelines.
* ID Badge and/or volunteer apparel is not required but is recommended.
* Please bring your own supplies; gloves, bags, and pick-up tools, if you have them. Get creative! Old salad or barbecue tongs work! At this time, tools and supplies are not being provided by Volunteer Resources staff.
* Please record your volunteer hours online in your profile after each volunteer time!



Description

Are you a friendly photographer who can capture the smiles and spirit of Forest Preserves events and programs? If so, then this is a great opportunity to practice and improve your photography skills. Also, your photos could be featured in Forest Preserves print or web-based publications!


Schedule

Dates: 23 Jan 2020 - 2 Feb 2021

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Description of location
Various Forest Preserves in South and Southwestern Cook County


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Secondary contact:
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov


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Requirements

Responsibilities:
* Take event photos to be used for website and brochure content
* Submit your photos within one week after each event or program

Requirements:
* Experience as freelance photographer or professional photography experience preferred
* Provide portfolio or example of previous photography
* Provide your own camera and method of photo delivery in digital form
* Criminal background check required



Description

We believe that the engagement of volunteer community groups is crucial to the mission of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. As the environmental activist and visionary, Aldo Leopold, said so well: "When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

This opportunity is for groups who want to schedule an Ecological Stewardship workday in the Forest Preserves.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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Join us to help restore the Preserves back to health. Trained leaders will show you how to identify plants that don't belong and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools to remove them.
- Tools, gloves, onsite training, supervision provided; dress for the weather
- Year round workdays available; scheduling is limited due to required supervision
- Ages: high school thru adult; younger with parent/guardian
- Group size may be limited; chaperone ratio 1:10 required
- Need a bus? If transportation to a site is a limiting factor for your group, we have bus transportation funds available on a grant/award basis.

To find already scheduled workdays, go to: www.fpdcc.com/VS and search by date or zip code. Each workday lists the contact info for the local volunteer group.

YOU MUST HAVE A GROUP ONLINE PROFILE TO SIGN UP.

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Description

Be a part of our rapidly-growing community of Trail Watch Volunteers. Attending a Trail Watch New Volunteer Training session is required to be a Trail Watch Volunteer. Learn about the program, meet Police and Volunteer Resource Staff and socialize with fellow volunteers.


Schedule

Dates: 1 Sep 2013 - 1 Feb 2021

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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Website:
www.fpdcc.com/tw


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Become additional eyes and ears of our Law Enforcement Department. Be a visible presence to help make our preserves welcoming and inviting to all visitors, as you are out enjoying the preserves.

A background check is required, see the attached document for a full Trail Watch Volunteer position description.

This new Volunteer Training will be taught in January, April, July and October. New training dates coming soon!

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     Position Description



Description

This is the Notification List for the Trail Watch - New Volunteer Training.

You can also see if there are any currently scheduled classes.

Be a part of the Trail Watch Volunteer Program. Attendance at a Trail Watch Volunteer New Volunteer Training session is required to be a Trail Watch Volunteer. Learn about the program, meet key people and socialize with fellow volunteers.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Requirements

Training sessions are offered in January, April, July and October. Due to the pandemic, the July training is being rescheduled for a later date.

Become additional eyes and ears of our Law Enforcement Department. Be a visible presence to help make our Preserves welcoming and inviting to all visitors, as you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities.

A background check is required. See the attached document for a full Trail Watch Volunteer position description.

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Description

Help kids discover their inner musician at our Bluegrass Jams programs. You will be leading the discussion and creation of a simple musical instrument using repurposed invasive species.

When you arrive a naturalist will walk you through the activity. You will teach youth about invasive species in the Forest Preserves and how to play the instrument.


Schedule

Dates: 21 Oct 2016 - 1 Jan 2021

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest IL, 60305

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Secondary contact:
Volunteer Program Coordinator Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov


Website:
www.fpdcc.com


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Requirements

* The ability to communicate effectively with children
* Willingness to teach about concepts including invasive species, repurposing, and basic rhythmic patterns
* Background check required

Bluegrass Jams take place on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 1-3pm.



Description

This is the Notification List for the Group Leadership Class, a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers with 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or Site Steward.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

Description of location
Classes are held throughout the county.


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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Requirements

Class Description and Requirements:
* Learn the fundamentals of planning and leading successful volunteer projects
* Learn how to take on a leadership role
* Learn about the policies and procedures relevant to volunteer leadership in the forest preserves
* Training includes classroom experience; certification requires passing a written exam
* Fulfills one of the three class requirements to become a Stewardship Workday Leader
* Must be a current Stewardship Volunteer
* You MUST HAVE RECORDED 15+ hours of reported ecological stewardship experience ONLINE or have a recommendation from a Site Steward, Workday Leader or agency staff.

Click "Sign Up" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and you can sign up for it (about 15-45 days before the class date).




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