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Description

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.

To register for the Sunday, November 3 2019 class click here.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

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

The Brush Pile Building & Burning Class is a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers. 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a Site Steward is required for enrollment. * Learn how to properly construct, safely ignite, monitor and secure brush piles * Understand the pre and post-burn communication requirements * Become confident in utilizing weather data and to make site observations that will inform decisions at workdays.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Kris DaPra
Kristin.DaPra@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

To become a Brush Pile Burn Boss, requirements are:
*Attend this class,
*Complete a written test
*Complete two field observations

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

To sign up for the class, click "SIGN UP INDIVIDUAL". And you MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15 HOURS ONLINE or have a recommendation from a Site Steward, Workday Leader or FPCC 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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

This class is typically offered in January, July and October

* 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

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

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 Chainsaw Training - Safety Assistant, 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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

* Classroom and fieldwork experience provide an overview of safe and effective chainsaw operation at FPCC Stewardship Sites and basic maintenance
* Feller I sawyers may fell trees up to 6" DBH when expressly permitted in a site's management schedule
* The Classroom portion and a written exam will certify you as a Chainsaw Safety Assistant
* Feller I position requires a FPCC Resource Management-administered field observation and skills test
* Kevlar boots and other PPE will be provided for the field observation
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 30 HOURS ONLINE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION

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

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

**To register for this opportunity please go HERE**

Chicago Wilderness will offer the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class. It is based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses.

This training covers the basics of such topics as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. The objective is to provide participants with the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a controlled burn.

The training will be held at Morton Arboretum on:
Session A: Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Section B: Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The cost is $75. Register HERE.


Please be aware that although the training is accepted by many of the natural resource management agencies in the CW region as the minimum training required for a participant on a burn crew, it does not carry the official NWCG certification.


If you already have your CW certificate, you can upload it, to your FPCC Volunteer profile.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
The Morton Arboretum
Lisle IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Stewardship Program Coordinator
Raquel Garcia - Alvarez
Raquel.Garcia-Alvarez@cookcountyil.gov



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Requirements

This training is required to become a FPCC Prescription Burn Volunteer.
Volunteer:
Must attend and complete the Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Training.
Then upload certificate to FPCC Volunteer profile.
Sign-up for Prescription Burn Volunteers.



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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Description

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


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location
Ogden and Howard
Western Springs IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Eric Menigat
frederick.menigat@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 246-2530

Secondary contact


Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

Weekday classes are typically offered once per month.

Saturday classes in 2019 will be:
March 30, May 18, September 14, and October 26

You can sign up for a class 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

These gatherings are an opportunity to provide Volunteer Leaders to meet with their Regional Ecologist, Project Management and Volunteer Resources staff. The plan is to gather for about an hour to talk about regional common issues and answer questions, etc. Afterwards, we will then walk the site with the local Site Steward and the Ecologist to further discuss specific site issues, successes, and volunteer accomplishments. 

This is a great opportunity to learn more about a specific Forest Preserve and enjoy it amongst volunteer colleagues.  We hope that you can make it to your regional meeting and you are more than welcomed to attend other regional meetings as well!


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location

Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Raquel Garcia-Alvarez
volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

*Must sign up online
*Must be a current Forest Preserve Stewardship Volunteer
*Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are recommended.



Description

Are you interested in becoming certified and licensed to use herbicides on public lands? The Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts Herbicide test sessions to help experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers earn an Illinois Pesticide (Herbicide) License. 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a site steward is required for enrollment. This license is required for Ecological Stewardship Volunteers who want to apply herbicide at restoration sites.

* To order manuals and workbooks, see the attachment "Supply Request form" in the Requirements tab. The books will then be delivered to a supply pick-up location or they may be emailed to you.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location
Salt Creek Resource Management 500 Ogden Avenue
Western Springs IL, 60558


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

* To order manuals and workbooks, see the attachment "Supply Order Form" above
* Light refreshments will be provided during registration
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15 HOURS ONLINE

Attachments:

     Supply Request Form



Description

To find out about other local testing options visit www.pesticidesafety.illinois.edu. You will have to pay the $15 fee for each category you would like to test in.

We highly recommend taking the General Standards & Right-A-Away.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

The Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts Pesticide test sessions and Pesticide Test Prep classes every November and December to help experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers earn an Illinois Pesticide (Herbicide) License.

15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a site steward is required for enrollment.

This license is required for Ecological Stewardship Volunteers who want to apply herbicide at restoration sites

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

See the attachment "document" above for details of other ways to get certified.

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

In partnership with the Morton Arboretum and their Woodland Stewardship Program, we are proud to bring you the Invasive Species Management (aka Managing Invasives) class online!

Registrants will be sent an email giving them access to the class on Wednesday, September 25th, and will have until October 30th to complete the class.

Please register for the September 25th schedule slot.

The Invasives Species Mgmt Class is a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers. 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a Site Steward is required for enrollment. * Learn the difference between native, non-native and invasive plants * Learn how to identify invasive plants commonly encountered at FPCC sites * Learn best management practices and how to effectively treat invasive species.

Field Observations will be conducted at the volunteer site, at your own time. Forms can be found in the online class portal.

This project funded in part by a generous contribution of the Forest Preserve Foundation and Wells Fargo. Thank you for this online training opportunity!


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

* Training includes online class, passing online test and completing two outdoor field observations.
* Fulfills one of the three class requirements to become a Stewardship Workday Leader
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15+ HOURS ONLINE TO REGISTER

To sign up for the class, click "SIGN UP INDIVIDUAL" for the September 25 opportunity.



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.

To register for the Managing Invasives IN-PERSON class on February 17, 2019, register here.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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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
* 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

Sign up to hear about upcoming training dates to become a Nature Ambassador outreach Volunteer. You may also sign up for upcoming tabling opportunities get practice before taking the training.

At the training, we'll discuss how each of us fits into supporting the mission of the Forest Preserves and how to maximize our engagement with the public.

A Nature Ambassador Outreach Volunteer represents the Forest Preserves at community events and internal Forest Preserve events. They 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.

A Nature Ambassador Supporter is a representative of a group or community who builds and maintains a relationship between the Forest Preserves and their group/community.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

· Passion for getting people connected with the Forest Preserves

· Understand the Forest Preserves mission and the difference between Preserves and Parks

· Know that the FPCC is a separate body from Cook County Government

· Understand that the FPCC is divided by zones

· Awareness of available Educational, Recreational and Volunteer opportunities

· Comfortable engaging and sharing information with the general public


Schedule

Dates: 30 Jul 2018 - 1 Dec 2020

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons
Location
Volunteer Resource Center 6100 N Central Ave
Chicago IL, 60646


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

A Nature Ambassador Outreach Volunteer represents the Forest Preserves at community events and internal Forest Preserve events. They 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.

A Nature Ambassador Supporter is a representative of a group or community who builds and maintains a relationship between the Forest Preserves and their group/community.



Description

Attend a training to become a Nature Ambassador Uutreach Volunteer. You may also sign up for upcoming tabling opportunities to get practice before taking the training.

At the training, we'll discuss how each of us fits into supporting the mission of the Forest Preserves and how to maximize our engagement with the public.

A Nature Ambassador Outreach Volunteer represents the Forest Preserves at community events and internal Forest Preserve events. They 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.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

· Passion for getting people connected with the Forest Preserves

· Understand the Forest Preserves mission and the difference between Preserves and Parks

· Know that the FPCC is a separate body from Cook County Government

· Understand that the FPCC is divided by zones

· Awareness of available Educational, Recreational and Volunteer opportunities

· Comfortable engaging and sharing information with the general public


Schedule

Dates: 30 Jul 2018 - 1 Dec 2020

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons
Location
Volunteer Resource Center 6100 N Central Ave
Chicago IL, 60646


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

A Nature Ambassador Outreach Volunteer represents the Forest Preserves at community events and internal Forest Preserve events. They 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.

A Nature Ambassador Supporter is a representative of a group or community who builds and maintains a relationship between the Forest Preserves and their group/community.



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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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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

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

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

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!

Attachments:

     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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790 x22


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Requirements

The 2018 classes will be offered in January, April, July and October.

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.

Attachments:

     Position Description



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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

This class is typically offered in April, August and November.

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
* 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 15-45 days before the class date).



Description

In partnership with the Morton Arboretum and their Woodland Stewardship Program, we are proud to bring you once again the Volunteer Leadership class online!

The Volunteer Leadership Class is a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers. 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a Site Steward is required for enrollment. * 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.

This project funded in part by a generous contribution of the Forest Preserve Foundation and Wells Fargo. Thank you for this online training opportunity!


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

* Training includes online training
* Must pass the online test to receive credit
* Fulfills one of the three class requirements to become a Stewardship Workday Leader
* Must be a current Stewardship Volunteer
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15 HOURS ONLINE




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