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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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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.

November: Getting Familiar with Forested Wetlands

December: Winter Tree and Shrub ID


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 Resources
volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov



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November:
Getting Familiar with Forested Wetlands
Come and learn the basics of wetland delineation as tailored to forested wetlands. We will discuss the types of forested wetlands within the Preserves, and their native associates. The outdoor component for this class will delve into hydric soils and hydrology indicators.

December:
Winter Tree and Shrub ID
Winter is a great time for brush removal and restoration work- and for improving your woody plant id skills! This class will focus on how to identify native and non-native trees and shrubs by taking a closer look at the bark, seeds, and buds. The second portion of this class will be held outside as we practice tricks to identify trees & shrubs without their leaves.



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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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

The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network is a diverse group of volunteers who identify and count butterflies on more than 400 routes on sites in Illinois. Volunteers collect data that are valuable to scientists, researchers and land managers in evaluating how restoration practices and other changes affect butterfly populations.
Website: bfly.org

These training workshops are recommended for new butterfly monitors and monitors needing to review protocol and identification.



Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Assistant Director
Allen Lawrance
alawrance@naturemuseum.org
(773) 755-5131

Secondary contact

FPCC Volunteer Program Specialist
Mary Busch
mary.busch@cookcountyil.gov
(773)631-1790
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Requirements

Registration is required.



Description

The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network is a diverse group of volunteers who identify and count butterflies on more than 400 routes on sites in Illinois. Volunteers collect data that are valuable to scientists, researchers and land managers in evaluating how restoration practices and other changes affect butterfly populations.
Website: bfly.org

These training workshops are recommended for butterfly monitors interested in advancing beyond the beginner's checklist and monitors needing to review protocol and identification.



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Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Assistant Director
Allen Lawrance
alawrance@naturemuseum.org
(773) 755-5131

Secondary contact

FPCC Volunteer Program Specialist
Mary Busch
mary.busch@cookcountyil.gov
(773)631-1790
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Requirements

Registration is required.



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

Prescribed fire (Rx) is one of our most powerful and effective tools to restore our Preserves. Play an important role in assisting the Forest Preserve Rx crews with managing trail traffic and answering questions from the public.


Public Outreach Assistants also re-direct traffic away from the fire, hand out literature and watch for smoke movement onto trail or roadways. Communication support is provided by staff via cellphone.

Post-Burn Monitors work in pairs and patrol the area (walking or driving on public roads) to look for signs of ember flare-ups, excessive smoke, etc. They communicate with the Rx Burn Boss if staff assistance is needed and provide an end of night status report when leaving the site.

Post-Burn Monitors are not expected to suppress any fire on their own. Volunteers will be provided with signs to post at sites and magnetic decals for vehicle identification purposes.


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

Burn Boss
Mike Moore
michael.moore@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 906-0321

Secondary contact


Raquel Garcia-Alvarez
Raquel.Garcia-Alvarez@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

*Completion of Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training or S-130, S-190 course is required (the form must be attached to your Online Profile in order to sign up)
*Sign up for a specific day(s) - the particular FPCC site is determined the morning of
*Knowledge of the role of Rx fire in stewardship (some written material may be provided by FPCC)
*Engage public in a professional manner
*Work an AM or PM shift or variable depending on site needs
*Call the Rx Burn Boss the morning of to confirm availability and location
*Willingness to work alone (or bring a partner)
*Cellphone is required to communicate with Rx Burn Boss
*Wear natural fiber clothing and dress for the weather; leather boots are required; special fire gear is not needed or may be provided

*For general questions, contact Raquel Garcia-Alvarez: raquel.garcia-alvarez@cookcountyil.gov



Description

Prescribed fire (Rx) is one of our most powerful and effective tools to restore our Preserves. Play an important role in assisting the Forest Preserve Rx crews with managing trail traffic and answering questions from the public.


Public Outreach Assistants also re-direct traffic away from the fire, hand out literature and watch for smoke movement onto trail or roadways. Communication support is provided by staff via cellphone.

Post-Burn Monitors work in pairs and patrol the area (walking or driving on public roads) to look for signs of ember flare-ups, excessive smoke, etc. They communicate with the Rx Burn Boss if staff assistance is needed and provide an end of night status report when leaving the site.

Post-Burn Monitors are not expected to suppress any fire on their own. Volunteers will be provided with signs to post at sites and magnetic decals for vehicle identification purposes.


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

Burn Boss
Joel Rosario
joel.rosario@cookcountyil.gov
(312) 656-4071

Secondary contact


Raquel Garcia-Alvarez
Raquel.Garcia-Alvarez@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

*Completion of Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training or S-130, S-190 course is required (the form must be attached to your Online Profile in order to sign up)
*Sign up for a specific day(s) - the particular FPCC site is determined the morning of
*Knowledge of the role of Rx fire in stewardship (some written material may be provided by FPCC)
*Engage public in a professional manner
*Work an AM or PM shift or variable depending on site needs
*Call the Rx Burn Boss the morning of to confirm availability and location
*Willingness to work alone (or bring a partner)
*Cellphone is required to communicate with Rx Burn Boss
*Wear natural fiber clothing and dress for the weather; leather boots are required; special fire gear is not needed or may be provided

*For general questions, contact Raquel Garcia-Alvarez: raquel.garcia-alvarez@cookcountyil.gov



Description

Prescribed fire (Rx) is one of our most powerful and effective tools to restore our Preserves. Play an important role in assisting the Forest Preserve Rx crews with managing trail traffic and answering questions from the public.


Public Outreach Assistants also re-direct traffic away from the fire, hand out literature and watch for smoke movement onto trail or roadways. Communication support is provided by staff via cellphone.

Post-Burn Monitors work in pairs and patrol the area (walking or driving on public roads) to look for signs of ember flare-ups, excessive smoke, etc. They communicate with the Rx Burn Boss if staff assistance is needed and provide an end of night status report when leaving the site.

Post-Burn Monitors are not expected to suppress any fire on their own. Volunteers will be provided with signs to post at sites and magnetic decals for vehicle identification purposes.


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

Burn Boss
Elliot Medina
Elliot.Medina@cookcountyil.gov
(312) 848-5735

Secondary contact


Raquel Garcia-Alvarez
Raquel.Garcia-Alvarez@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

*Completion of Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training or S-130, S-190 course is required (the form must be attached to your Online Profile in order to sign up)
*Sign up for a specific day(s) - the particular FPCC site is determined the morning of
*Knowledge of the role of Rx fire in stewardship (some written material may be provided by FPCC)
*Engage public in a professional manner
*Work an AM or PM shift or variable depending on site needs
*Call the Rx Burn Boss the morning of to confirm availability and location
*Willingness to work alone (or bring a partner)
*Cellphone is required to communicate with Rx Burn Boss
*Wear natural fiber clothing and dress for the weather; leather boots are required; special fire gear is not needed or may be provided

*For general questions, contact Raquel Garcia-Alvarez: raquel.garcia-alvarez@cookcountyil.gov



Description

Prescribed fire (Rx) is one of our most powerful and effective tools to restore our Preserves. Play an important role in assisting the Forest Preserve Rx crews with managing trail traffic and answering questions from the public.


Public Outreach Assistants also re-direct traffic away from the fire, hand out literature and watch for smoke movement onto trail or roadways. Communication support is provided by staff via cellphone.

Post-Burn Monitors work in pairs and patrol the area (walking or driving on public roads) to look for signs of ember flare-ups, excessive smoke, etc. They communicate with the Rx Burn Boss if staff assistance is needed and provide an end of night status report when leaving the site.

Post-Burn Monitors are not expected to suppress any fire on their own. Volunteers will be provided with signs to post at sites and magnetic decals for vehicle identification purposes.


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

Burn Boss
John Pellegrino
john.pellegrino@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 906-1687

Secondary contact


Raquel Garcia-Alvarez
Raquel.Garcia-Alvarez@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

*Completion of Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training or S-130, S-190 course is required (the form must be attached to your Online Profile in order to sign up)
*Sign up for a specific day(s) - the particular FPCC site is determined the morning of
*Knowledge of the role of Rx fire in stewardship (some written material may be provided by FPCC)
*Engage public in a professional manner
*Work an AM or PM shift or variable depending on site needs
*Call the Rx Burn Boss the morning of to confirm availability and location
*Willingness to work alone (or bring a partner)
*Cellphone is required to communicate with Rx Burn Boss
*Wear natural fiber clothing and dress for the weather; leather boots are required; special fire gear is not needed or may be provided

*For general questions, contact Raquel Garcia-Alvarez: raquel.garcia-alvarez@cookcountyil.gov



Description

Prescribed fire (Rx) is one of our most powerful and effective tools to restore our Preserves. Play an important role in assisting the Forest Preserve Rx crews with managing trail traffic and answering questions from the public.


Public Outreach Assistants also re-direct traffic away from the fire, hand out literature and watch for smoke movement onto trail or roadways. Communication support is provided by staff via cellphone.

Post-Burn Monitors work in pairs and patrol the area (walking or driving on public roads) to look for signs of ember flare-ups, excessive smoke, etc. They communicate with the Rx Burn Boss if staff assistance is needed and provide an end of night status report when leaving the site.

Post-Burn Monitors are not expected to suppress any fire on their own. Volunteers will be provided with signs to post at sites and magnetic decals for vehicle identification purposes.


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

Burn Boss
Kevin Neary
kevin.neary@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 906-1664

Secondary contact


Raquel Garcia-Alvarez
Raquel.Garcia-Alvarez@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

*Completion of Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training or S-130, S-190 course is required (the form must be attached to your Online Profile in order to sign up)
*Sign up for a specific day(s) - the particular FPCC site is determined the morning of
*Knowledge of the role of Rx fire in stewardship (some written material may be provided by FPCC)
*Engage public in a professional manner
*Work an AM or PM shift or variable depending on site needs
*Call the Rx Burn Boss the morning of to confirm availability and location
*Willingness to work alone (or bring a partner)
*Cellphone is required to communicate with Rx Burn Boss
*Wear natural fiber clothing and dress for the weather; leather boots are required; special fire gear is not needed or may be provided

*For general questions, contact Raquel Garcia-Alvarez: raquel.garcia-alvarez@cookcountyil.gov




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