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Wanted: Volunteer Stewards, Dog Park Caretakers and Interpretive Aides

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The Forest Preserve District is looking to fill a variety of volunteer positions:

Stewards assume responsibility for the management of natural resources at a given District preserve. Site stewards are expected to conduct, organize and/or coordinate a variety of natural area management tasks and restoration work that varies depending upon the specific ecological maintenance and restoration needs of each preserve. Stewards must maintain a 40-hour-per-year work commitment at their specific site. Training and mentoring are available.  

Adopt-a-Preserve Dog Park Caretakers assist in the maintenance duties at a District dog park. We are looking for groups or individuals to fill holes left by rambunctious dogs. Orientation, training and a brief tour of the site are provided. 


Dock Attendants serve at Monee Reservoir  in Monee Township through September. These volunteers monitor the reservoir for proper equipment usage and assist visitors with forgotten oars, trolling motor installation and life vests, as well as help the facility staff with severe weather procedures. Dock attendants must be at least 18. You can bring a chair and enjoy the camaraderie of the patrons and serenity of the water. Peak user hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. However, there is some flexibility. Orientation and training must be completed prior to scheduled time to work. 

Interpretive Aides will assist staff interpreters at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville in presenting educational programs for school groups, youth groups and the public. Volunteers are especially needed to help with field trips at the museum. The minimum commitment for this position is one program day per week for the entire season. The next interpretive aide training will be from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, August 28. The spring 2020 training will be held March 13.

For more information or to apply, contact Renee Gauchat at or 815.722.7364.


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