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Description

Focus, self-control, discipline, patience, relaxation: the sport of archery teaches you all of these and more. Help others to enjoy the benefits of archery in the Forest Preserves. Work alongside a certified archery instructor to share your passion for archery with children and adults.


Schedule

Dates: 17 Jul 2019 - 1 Feb 2020

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Adam Kessel
adam.kessel@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 386-4042 x27

Secondary contact


Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

* Strictly enforce the safety guidelines
* Prepare the archery range before class and dismantle after class
* Instruct in proper shooting skills, safety skills, and sportsmanship
* Maintain the archery tackle, bows, arrows, targets, etc., keeping the range and target area neat and organized
* Maintain a positive, enthusiastic, and respectful attitude
* Background check required



Description

The Forest Preserves of Cook County offers many educational opportunities. Classes are taught by district employees and most offer the opportunity to earn certified arborist CEUs.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Volunteer.FPD@cookcountyil.gov



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This just in: Outdoor exercise can boost the Body, Mind, and Mood! "Green exercise" combines two things that are great for your health- moving your body and getting outdoors.

Help people to get outside and get moving by working with Forest Preserve staff to plan and lead 3-8 mile hikes through beautiful Preserves.


Schedule

Dates: 24 Jul 2019 - 1 Feb 2020

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Adam Kessel
adam.kessel@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 386-4042 x27

Secondary contact


Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

* Work alongside a Forest Preserve staff member to plan and eventually lead fitness hikes
* Promote wellness amongst Forest Preserves users by co-leading a 3-8 mile fitness hike
* Ability to personably engage and teach people about nature and wellness, as well as how they both co-exist
* A positive, excited, and respectful attitude is a must
* Background check required



Description

Interpretive Hikes introduce people of all ages to the natural wonders of the Forest Preserves that are just waiting to be discovered.

We need passionate, personable, and positive people to help plan and then eventually lead thematic hikes.


Schedule

Dates: 24 Jul 2019 - 1 Feb 2020

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Adam Kessel
adam.kessel@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 386-4042 x27

Secondary contact


Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

* Work alongside a Forest Preserve staff member to plan and eventually lead interpretive hikes
* Connect with nature by sharing your expertise on a topic that explores the Cook County Forest Preserves
* Ability to personably engage and teach people about nature
* Ability to walk 3-8 mile distances per hike
* A positive, excited, and respectful attitude is a must
* Background check required



Description

As October approaches, so does spooky season! Come help the Conservation and Experiential Programming department put on a fun & informative family event in Cummings Square, River Forest!

Assist with greeting guests, kids crafts, and interactive activities.


Schedule

Dates: 11 Sep 2019 - 2 Feb 2020

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Location
Cummings Square 436 N Harlem
River Forest IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Kayla Newsome
kayla.newsome@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 386-4042

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Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

We will be building broomsticks out of invasive species (buckthorn and phragmites) and teaching tree identification using wands (sticks from surrounding trees) made from native species! No prior experience or knowledge needed.

There will be other activities, such as utilizing a compass for a mystical item hunt and a craft repurposing toilet paper tubes into toads!

A staff member will contact you the week before the event to plan your schedule and discuss your role.

Background check required.



Description

Check back here often for upcoming tabling opportunities where you can engage witht he public and share your love of the Forest Preserves.

Volunteers will be working alongside FPCC staff. Event details will be communicated via email.


Schedule

Dates: 20 Oct 2017 - 1 May 2020

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Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

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

Secondary contact

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

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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

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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

In order to provide high quality and safe paddling experiences to event attendees, your help and expertise is needed! Spread your passion for watersport to a new audience at one of the Forest Preserves various events on weekends, weekdays, and evenings.


Schedule

Dates: 17 Jul 2019 - 1 Feb 2020

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Adam Kessel
adam.kessel@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 386-4042 x27

Secondary contact


Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

As an Paddle Guide Volunteer, you'll be helping with a mix of the following:
* Assisting on-land with outfitting event attendees in PFDs, passing out paddles, and giving a brief instruction on canoe basics and techniques
* Helping to push out and pull in canoes from the launch area
* Assisting on the water, paddling in a canoe or kayak, giving tips and advice to attendees while they are out paddling
* Helping with rescues should the situation arise
* Taking attendees on short paddle trips

Preferred Qualifications
* Completion of a course by the American Canoe Assoc., the American Red Cross or similar organization
* Own a canoe or kayak for personal use when at event

Required Qualifications
* Strong canoe/kayak skills
* Fit and able-bodied to handle walking distances while carrying boats, towing a boat with yours, lifting boats over your head, boating in adverse conditions, etc.
* Strong interpersonal skills to interact and engage positively with the public
* Ability to follow direction
* At least 5 years of prior canoe/kayak experience
* Ability to properly tie knots to hold canoes/kayaks or willing to learn

* Background check required



Description

Before we know it, the seasons will turn and it'll be time for Fall Fest. Friendly volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up the day before, to greet visitors on event day, help with kids crafts and more.


Experience a full day of festivities by supporting our 9am-4pm shift. For those who cannot commit to the full shift, split-shifts are available from 9am-1pm and 12pm-4pm.



Schedule

Dates: 15 Aug 2019 - 31 Dec 2019

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Location
3120 N. Milwaukee
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Assistant Director
Brian Winters
rivertrail.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov
(847) 824-8360

Secondary contact

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

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Requirements

- Assist Nature Center staff in leading crafts for children, greeting visitors, storytelling and more

- Assignments will be given the day of the event and will vary based on interest, experience and skill

- Volunteers under age 18 must bring a signed Waiver the day of the event. See the attachment called "Volunteer Waiver"

- Parking is limited on-site. Additional parking is available a short walk from Lake Avenue Woods and Allison Woods picnic groves

- Continental breakfast and lunch provided for volunteers

- Dress for the weather - volunteers will be both inside and outside

- Online registration and 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 Forest Preserves. Tools, gloves and training are provided.

* Licensed herbicders and certified chainsawyers are needed to support the workdays, see the schedule for more information.


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

*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time

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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


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

* 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

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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