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Description

Early childhood experiences with nature have a profound effect on how a person views wildlife and nature. You can help ignite a passion for all things nature in young children, our future conservation leaders.

We are looking for enthusiastic people who enjoy working with children and understand the life-long benefits and value of nature play.

Nature Play Guides will create a welcome atmosphere for young children and their families in the outdoor nature play area by monitoring the space, making sure that supplies are replenished and that the area is kept in a safe condition.


Schedule

Dates: 10 Apr 2018 - 2 Feb 2019

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Season: Summer
Location
9800 Willow Springs Rd Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
Willow Springs IL, 60480


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Director
Julie Vandervort
littlered.schoolhouse@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 839-6897

Secondary contact

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

* Experience facilitating play, art, drama, music, or other creative activities
* Understanding of the importance of play for child development
* Encourage learning and have fun
* Maintain loose parts inventory
* Background in Early Childhood Education
* Must have a genuine interest in nature and animals
* Must have strong ability to communicate effectively with children of diverse backgrounds ages birth-10 and their caregivers
* Creative skills/abilities such as musician, actor, dancer, artist, gardener, naturalist, costume designer/seamstress or other skills
* 2 hour shifts Monday-Sun, 10am-2pm
* Minimum 2 shifts per month for Summer
* Background check required



Description

Do you love the Forest Preserves so much that you just want to tell everyone about them? Become a Nature Ambassador Outreach Volunteer and represent the Forest Preserves at community events and internal Forest Preserve events. Convey information about Forest Preserves programs and opportunities by handing out informational materials, answering basic questions and signing people up for the Forest Way newsletter. Training will be provided.


Schedule

Dates: 20 Oct 2017 - 28 Feb 2019

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Community Engagement Specialist
Credell Walls
Credell.walls@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 386-4042

Secondary contact

Community Outreach Coordinator
Nina Baki

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Requirements

* Be comfortable talking with the public at events in the community or Forest Preserves
* Participate in training & regular updates about activities/resources within preserves from FPCC and partners
* Communicate with Community Outreach staff and partners about specific events, schedules, tabling event information bin, and number of people engaged
* Ability to pick up outreach supplies
* Be 18 years or older
* Criminal background check required

Required Training
* Attend at least 3 different Forest Preserves offerings (i.e. nature center visit, stewardship workday, special event)
* Attend the Outreach Volunteer Training
* Work with FPCC staff at tabling events until ready to table on own

Attachments:

     Position Description



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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Community Engagement Specialist
Credell Walls
credell.walls@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 386-4042

Secondary contact

Community Outreach Coordinator
Nina Baki
nina.baki@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

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

The hummingbird is an amazing and inspiring creature. Help visitors get to know and appreciate hummingbirds and the environment that sustains them. Volunteers will assist with set-up, greeting visitors, kids crafts and other tasks as needed.


Schedule

Dates: 6 Jul 2018 - 1 Feb 2019

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Location
12545 111th St
Lemont IL, 60439


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Laura Brown
laura.brown@cookcountyil.gov
(630) 257-2045

Secondary contact

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

- Assist Nature Center staff in the set-up and break-down of equipment and activities, lead crafts, greet visitors and more. Assignments will vary based on interest and skill
- Volunteers will be asked to arrive for an orientation before their shift and will receive an orientation packet at this time
- Online registration and Criminal Background Check required
- Sign up for one or both shifts
- A staff member will contact you to discuss your role before the event



Description

Help restore our natural areas. Activities may include cutting brush, pulling weeds or collecting seeds, depending on the season. Learn about your local environment from dedicated staff while helping the Forest Preserves. Tools, gloves and training are provided.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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, Season: Winter
Location
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center 12545 111th St
Lemont IL, 60439


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Laura Brown
Laura.Brown@cookcountyil.gov
(630) 257-2045

Secondary contact


Michael Konrath
michael.konrath@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

Restoration may be available during the week and on weekends
- Volunteers must dress to be outdoors and wear long pants and sturdy shoes

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     What to wear/bring



Description

The purpose of the Cooler in the Forest Program Assistant is to educate and inspire youth from the Chicagoland area about the nature center and campground campus. Lead nature exploration hikes as a means to develop an appreciation for our forest preserves, with the long-term goal of immersing the local community into an urban wilderness.

You will have the opportunity to work one-on one with professional programming staff and meet like-minded people. Invitations to volunteer trainings and gathering across the Forest Preserves of Cook County are included.


Schedule

Dates: 19 Jun 2018 - 1 Feb 2019

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
Sand Ridge Nature Center Paxton Avenue
South Holland IL, 60473


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Alex Palmer
alexander.palmer@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 868-0606

Secondary contact

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

Responsibilities:
* Lead a nature exploration hike for youth from local summer camps
* Assist programming staff with setup of and delivery of other nature immersion programs including but not limited to pond and marsh explorations, nature arts, team-building exercises and more!

Requirements:
* Must be 18 years of age or older
* Must be able to provide own transportation
* An interest in working with youth of all ages, from K-12.
* Ability to walk at least 1 mile
* Willingness to work in variable weather conditions, including heat and humidity.
* Some prior experience with teaching and working with children in an outdoor setting is preferred
* A familiarity with the common flora and fauna of the Chicago Wilderness region is preferred.
* Criminal background check required



Description

Help restore our natural areas. Activities may include cutting brush, pulling weeds or collecting seeds, depending on the season. Learn about your local environment from dedicated staff while helping the Preserves. Tools, gloves and training are provided.


Schedule

Dates: 23 Feb 2014 - 1 Jan 2019

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Monday: Mornings, Monday: Afternoons, Tuesday: Mornings, Tuesday: Afternoons, Wednesday: Mornings, Wednesday: Afternoons, Thursday: Mornings, Thursday: Afternoons, Friday: Mornings, Friday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Naturalist



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Requirements

- Volunteers must dress to be outdoors and wear long pants and sturdy shoes
- Tools and guidance will be provided
- Please register by calling Trailside Museum



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 Feb 2019

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Naturalist
Adam Kessel
adam.kessel@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 366-6530

Secondary contact

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements & Documents
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

Come out and jam! An interest in bluegrass music is a bonus but not required. Use your ability to play an instrument to inspire children to explore the arts and nature.

Youth will have an opportunity to create a simple instrument out of repurposed invasive species and join the jam. You do not need to be an expert to be a part of the jam. The goal is to have fun and learn from other players by improvising with the group.


Schedule

Dates: 21 Oct 2016 - 1 Feb 2020

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Naturalist
Adam Kessel
adam.kessel@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 366-6530

Secondary contact

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

Must have the ability (you do not have to be an expert) to play an acoustic instrument.

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




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