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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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* 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

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.

June: Removing Invaders to Promote Healthy Hedges


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


Lindsay Ivanyi
lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov



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Description

Habitat 2030 is a group of dynamic young(ish) volunteers who care about the remarkable natural areas of the Chicago region. We are continuing the illustrious history of local volunteer stewardship and helping to build a culture of 20-30-40-somethings who will understand and care about our preserves long into the future. We gather at weekend workdays to remove invasive plants, gather and spread seeds, and more. After hard, satisfying work, we gather around the brushpile fire for brats, s'mores, and whatever else we can figure out. Everyone is welcome! We'll show you the basics and help you discover the overlooked ecological treasures within miles of our city.

View all our upcoming events on our website, www.habitat2030.org

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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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


habitat2030@gmail.com



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Requirements

All you need is a pair of tough shoes or boots, a sweatshirt and coat if it's cold, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, a water bottle, and a hat. We'll supply work gloves and tools. We strongly recommend against nylon or other synthetic fabrics, as sparks from the fire will melt holes in them.



Description

Invasive Species Monitors explore and monitor a site for new or expanding populations of invasive species and report what they find to the Site Steward.  All work requires approval and coordination by the Site Steward and must be within the management schedule. If authorized by the Site Steward, they may also remove invasive plants or seedheads - or treat with herbicide, if a certified Herbicider.


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: Fall
Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

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


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Requirements

Identified by Site Steward as Monitor
Able to identify target species & understands control methods
Understand herbicide application techniques if using herbicide
GIS or other mapping skills – nice to have but are not necessary

Able to accurately identify invasive species and report any new invaders to Site Steward and ultimately, Regional Ecologist
Report location of populations discovered, estimated size, etc. to Site Steward
If a certified herbicider, able to perform herbicide application and keep records of usage



Description

Herbicide applications are an important tool to managing invasive species and improving the ecological health of our Forest Preserves. The Practical Herbicide Class offered with the Forest Preserves of Cook County covers herbicide application in natural areas and aims to provide licensed herbicide applicators and operators with the practical knowledge to make good herbicide decisions. If you have become a licensed for the first time or if you are a state certified Applicator/Operator needing a refresher, this class is for you. Or you must be interested in obtaining an Alternative License which enables you to apply herbicide under an Applicator who brings herbicide to your site.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


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


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Requirements

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

This training will also include a field portion - please dress appropriately for the weather.

PREREQUISITE: You need to be placed in the Herbicide Operator or Herbicide Applicator opportunity or interested in the Alternative license to be able to sign up




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