Volunteer

Each year, dozens of volunteers help CPF do its work for you. Volunteers bring to CPF their existing skills or can use the opportunity to develop new skills while helping the community. Areas of volunteer interest include trail work, stewardship of protected land, educational programs, special events and office/records/research tasks.

Take a few moments to read our Volunteer Job Descriptions below, and see if there is a position that would be right for you. Please contact the Kate O’Connor at cazpreservation@gmail.com  to become involved as a volunteer.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Kiosk Maintenance
In order to accurately gauge public usage and interest in our properties, as well as apply for grants, CPF places trail registers at each trailhead kiosk.  The South Trail, Gorge Trail, Burlingame Trails, and Fairchild Hill have registers where visitors can sign in, note how many are in their party, where they are from, and any important notes (such as downed trees, etc).  Kiosk Maintenance volunteers will be responsible for changing out these sign-in sheets at their kiosk on or around the 1st of every month and returning the previous sheet to the CPF office.  Kiosk volunteers may also be asked to post additional event flyers or notices as needed.

Trail Stewards
It is important for the safety and enjoyment of our visitors that trails are kept open and well maintained.  Trail stewards will commit to regularly walk a particular section of one CPF trail to alert CPF of maintenance issues for that trail.  The trail steward may also help to maintain that trail section or may help with special projects.  Maintenance could include clipping and pruning shrubs and small trees, invasive plant removal, water control or weed trimming.  Basic tool use and plant identification training will be provided.

Chainsaw Crew
Some of the biggest safety hazards and impediments to trail usage are downed or dangerous trees.  Members of the CPF chainsaw crew will be responsible for removing hazardous or downed trees from the trail.  Crew members are required to demonstrate sound knowledge of chainsaw use and safety , and to complete the chainsaw safety training course selected by CPF.  Full protective gear must be worn at all times when volunteering on the chainsaw crew.

CPF Alert Volunteer
One of CPF’s roles is raising awareness about projects and public proceedings in Cazenovia that are of a historical, agricultural, or environmental nature.  Alert Volunteers will be asked to monitor Village and Town Board meeting agendas and notify CPF about public hearings and events relevant to its mission.

Office Help
Do you have organizational, computer or research skills you would like to share?  CPF needs office volunteers to fill a variety of roles, including research for grant writing and digitizing much of our informational materials.  Training provided.

Woodworker
One of the ways we are trying to improve people’s trail experience is by increasing our signage.  Woodworkers will make trailhead or directional signs for use on trails.

Other
Have a special skill you would like to share with us?  We would love to hear from you!

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact Kate O’Connor at cpfcommunitycoordinator@gmail.com.

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