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Lake Accotink Park Volunteer


VOLUNTEERS Connecting Parks and Community

Site Manager
Julie Tahan
703-569-0285
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Road
Springfield, VA 22150

VOLUNTEER AT LAKE ACCOTINK PARK

Our volunteers make all the difference each and every day as they interact with park staff, expand their knowledge, acquire new experiences, and share their passion for the park. Their work is invaluable because they provide critical services for which staff resources do not exist. They help with maintaining park trails and grounds, observing and reporting safety issues or park use infractions, weeding flower beds, performing clean-up work of the lake and parkland, and make possible the community events for which Lake Accotink Park is known. Equally important, our volunteers serve as our ambassadors and advocates in our community. We are grateful to all who give generously of their time and talent.

CURRENTLY IN NEED OF...

  Assistant Volunteer Manager
Title: Assistant Volunteer Manager
Goal: To assist Volunteer Manager with volunteer program operations.
Duties: Under supervision of the Volunteer Manager, determines volunteer needs, writes job descriptions, manages scheduling of volunteers, maintains volunteer records, completes monthly reports, and provides administrative support as needed.
Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age or older. Strong organizational skills and the ability to work well with people. Ability to work independently with minimum supervision. Administrative skills including typing, filing, and record keeping.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training and Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: None
Time Required: Prefer a one-year commitment. Weekdays preferred.

  Special Event Support
Title: Special Events Support (Short Term Core or Group)
Goal: Provide administrative and operational support during special events at RECenter or park facilities.
Duties: Helps staff with set-up and take down of planned activities areas, assists with registration and admission; supports parking and maintenance crew with directing traffic, parking cars, cleaning facilities, and crowd control; may manage ticket sales and collection; answers phone calls; handles visitors inquires and informs staff of problems and issues related to the event. Light lifting.
Qualifications: Must be 16 years of age or older. Enthusiastic individual willing to interact positively with the people. Must be organized and have skills to deal with various tasks.
Training: Candidates for this position must already possess all qualifications. Only CORE volunteers must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training, site orientation and on-the job training as required. Short term or one time volunteers are not required to complete the standard trainings.
Certifications/Tests: None.
Time Required: Short term or one time assignment.

  Maintenance Support
Title: Maintenance Support
Goal: To help maintain facilities in order to provide a pleasant, clean and safe environment for RECenter or park users.
Duties: Cares for variety of internal and external areas of the building to include cleaning and maintenance of club and weight rooms, mezzanine and office areas, pool and changing room facilities and overall upkeep of site cleanness and appearance. Assists site custodian with other maintenance duties as required. Light to heavy lifting.
Qualifications: Must be 16 years of age or older. Interest in building maintenance work. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. Prior maintenance work is preferred.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: None.
Time Required: At least four hours per week, on the same day, for a minimum of six months.

  Class Instructor Assistant
Title: Class Instructor Assistant
Goal: To assist instructors of land classes (those not conducted in RECenter swimming pools) in achieving the goals of the class or program to ensure that students are provided a safe, comfortable and effective learning experience.
Duties: Carries out the directions of the instructor which may include demonstrating the skill being taught to the entire class while the instructor provides feedback to individuals or small groups, or working with one or more students in developing the skill that the instructor is teaching. Helps set up and take down equipment before and after class and helps maintain necessary records. Reports all injuries, accidents, and other problems or concerns to supervisor and completes required forms in a timely manner. Light to moderate lifting.
Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age or older. Demonstrated interest and proficiency in the specific class or program subject through relevant education such as certifications and degrees. Examples include belts in martial arts, titles in dog training, and the like.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: Must maintain current certification as required by the specific class. These certifications for assistants may be obtained from the program staff responsible for the class.
Time Required: One class per session.

  Newsletter/Web Content Support
Title: Newsletter
Goal: To gather information, develop ideas, and write articles on RECenter/Park Programs, volunteer programs, customers/staff, and other related programs, issues and concerns. Interview subjects for articles and create advertisements for classes, events and opportunities.
Duties: The Newsletter Editor develops a quarterly newsletter for distribution to customers, volunteers, staff and other interested parties. Specific duties include gathering information and interviewing customers, staff, volunteers and other participants to write articles. Apply design and page layout skills using various design software to produce the newsletter and to prepare the electronic files for reproduction. Edit text and design for submission to printer. Helps to prepare and plan for distribution.
Qualifications: Must be 16 years of age or older, with qualifications or interest in journalism or creative writing. Experience in editing and developing newsletters, school newspaper or school yearbook is preferred. Experience using Microsoft Publisher is preferred.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: None.
Time Required: Average of four hours per week. Prefer 12 month commitment.

  Trail Support
Title: Trail/Park Support Volunteer
Goal: To help maintain a safe, secure and well maintained trail system in order to provide a pleasant, clean and safe and secure environment for trail and it's users.
Duties: Care for a variety of aspects associated with trails and wooded areas of the park to maintain overall park safety, cleanliness and appearance. Report maintenance and safety issues so that corrective actions may be taken. Monitor behavior on the park trails and through the park and recommend any necessary actions. Provide information, directions and answer patron questions regarding the trails. Assist in maintenance and cleanliness of the trail system within park area . Light to moderate lifting.
Qualifications: Must be 21 years of age or older. Interest in maintenance of the trail systems and environment, preservation of overall park quality and the recreational safety of individuals. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. Ability to interact with public in positive manner.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: None.
Time Required: Average of four hours per week. Prefer a one year commitment.

  Invasive Management Area Program
Title: Invasive Management Area Program
Goal: To reduce invasive plants on our parklands.
Duties: The volunteer will assist in removal of invasive plant species. A volunteer-led pilot project in partnership between the Fairfax County Park Authority and Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District designed to reduce invasive plants on our parklands.
Qualifications: Ability to tolerate working outdoors. Position requires bending, walking and standing for extended periods as well as other physically challenging tasks.
Training: Must complete FCPA Safety Training, Sexual Harassment Training and STARS customer service training within two weeks of start date. Must attend site orientation and on-the job training as required.
Certifications/Tests: None
Time Required: Prefer 12 month commitment
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HIGHLIGHTS...

Lake Accotink Park welcomes new volunteer, Donn Grover

In September 2013 Lake Accotink Park welcomed a new volunteer, Donn Grover. Donn has lived in Northern Virginia most of his life and currently resides in Alexandria with his wife of 47 years and their two dogs Pepito the Poodle and Paquito the Dachshund. Donn is an award winning artist and is retired from a wide range of careers. For 15 years he was employed as a carpenter and maintenance worker at a Franciscan monastery in Washington D.C., and in the decades prior to that he served in the US Navy and Coast Guard. His skills as an artist and carpenter and his positive attitude make him a valuable member of the Lake Accotink team.

Donn is an energetic and colorful character who is always looking for more ways to be of help and support the staff. He decorated the employee work areas for the holidays and organized a holiday party for staff. Donn's colorful nature shows through in his work as well. His creativity and artistic skill are demonstrated through his work to refurbish and paint the horses on the park's antique carousel, adding many beautiful designs and details. Donn also suggested the horses be named using names contributed by children in the community. Donn's positive can-do attitude makes him a joy to work with and staff enjoy his entertaining stories. The park and the community are fortunate to have Donn Grover in our midst.

Jim Hickey

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT


Jim Hickey
2013 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Winner

Jim Hickey has volunteered at Lake Accotink Park longer than there are records regarding park volunteers. It’s safe to say he has given at least 17 years of volunteer service to this site. After he established the Friends of Lake Accotink Park, he quickly became its president, a post he still holds today.

He is the perfect example of an engaged and dedicated volunteer. His work demonstrates his passion for wildlife preservation and protection as well as environmental education. His efforts have improved the quality of life for the community and made key programs possible. For example, he has served as the announcer for multiple Fairfax County events over the years. He has provided motivation and coordination for the spring and fall watershed clean-ups at the park. Perhaps most importantly, he has been a vocal and effective advocate for the park through the Friends of Lake Accotink.

THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING ...

Free RECenter facility use: Volunteers who maintain an average of four hours of service per week or three weekly classes per class session as an Adapted Aquatics assistant, can use their RECenter’s general facilities free of charge

Community Park Benefits: Currently active Community park volunteers who have consistently maintained an average of four hours of service per week can use EITHER the Free RECenter facility Use of the partnering RECenter, OR their site’s Community Park benefit.

Free RECenter classes: Volunteers who have served a minimum of 32 hours and maintain an average of eight hours of service per week, or volunteer as an Adapted Aquatics assistant for four weekly classes per class session are eligible to take one free FCPA class per session on a space available basis.

Family Discount Pass: All FCPA volunteers are entitled to purchase a 25-visit pass for their family use to any RECenter at a special county employee rate.


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