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Volunteer with the Wheaton Park District and not only will you impact someone else’s life, you’ll benefit as well. Volunteering can give you work experience, skill development, and on-site training. Personalize your volunteer selection by choosing indoor or outdoor work, attending social events, and best of all, the schedule is flexible! Volunteers receive a volunteer staff shirt or pin.
For more information, please call 630-690-4880.
Animal care volunteers work directly with the zookeepers to perform routing feeding, cleaning, and general husbandry for domestic and wild animals. Training is provided. Individuals must be able to stand, climb, stoop, and bend for extended periods of time as well as carry up to 50 pounds. A minimum of one four-hour shift per week is required. Must be 18 years of age or older.
Interpretive volunteers help motivate visitors to appreciate the earth and its wildlife and to conserve its resources through answering questions and explaining exhibits. Training is provided. Individuals must have good communication skills and be enthusiastic and interested in meeting and working with many types of people. They must also be able to carry supplies weighing up to 30 pounds while navigating stairs. Hours and days are flexible. Must be 18 years of age or older.
Event Rental Volunteer
With the guidance of zoo staff, event rental volunteers work with visitors who have rented space at Cosley Zoo to hold an event. Individuals must be enthusiastic and interested in working with many types of people. Training is provided. Hours vary based on rental schedule. Most rentals take place on Saturdays and Sundays between 9A and 5P, with occasional evening and weekday rentals. Must be 18 years of age or older.
Requirements: Reception desk volunteers must be outgoing, people-oriented individuals. Knowledge or interest in learning local history is essential. Some knowledge of DuPage County history is helpful and appropriate related history readings will be required.
Time Commitment: 9 hours per month
Position Title: Collections Volunteer, Objects Description: Object volunteers help to conduct inventory of the Museum’s three-dimensional collections. The volunteers will work to locate and update the object’s file and card catalog entry.
Requirements: Objects volunteers must be thorough, detail-oriented individuals. For some areas, specific object knowledge is desired. Volunteers will receive training on the Museum’s procedures and general artifact handling guidelines. Experience with data entry and computer software will be valuable as the project moves forward. Volunteers will also assist with evaluations of collection pieces and identify possible restoration projects. Some knowledge of DuPage County history is helpful and appropriate related history readings will be required.
Time Commitment: 9 hours per month
Position Title: Collections Volunteer, Archives Description: Archive volunteers help to conduct inventory of the Museum’s photography and document collections as well as maintain the research library. Archives volunteers help process the Museum’s collections of manuscripts, maps, photographs and other 2-dimensional materials. The volunteers will work to locate and update the object’s file and card catalog entry. Volunteers will also assist with evaluations of collection pieces and identify possible restoration projects.
Requirements: Volunteers must be thorough, detail-oriented individuals. Previous library or archival experience is desired. Some knowledge of archival management would be helpful, but archives volunteers do receive training on the Museum’s procedures and on general archival handling. Experience with data entry and computer software will be valuable as the digital catalog project moves forward. Some knowledge of DuPage County history is helpful and appropriate related history readings will be required.
Time Commitment Required: 9 hours per month
Position Title: Research Volunteer Description: Research volunteers assist the staff with questions and inquiries regarding genealogy, DuPage County history, land use, photographs, maps and much more.
Requirements: Volunteers must have exceptional customer service skills. Experience with research and archives is desired.
Time Commitment: 9 hours per month
Position Title: Education Volunteer Description: Education Volunteers work with the Museum Educator in the presentation of participatory programs to school groups and family programs. Volunteers will greet visiting groups, demonstrate the program activities, work with individual participants and other tasks. In addition, the volunteers answer general questions about the Museum and provide supervision. Potential programs include holiday related arts and crafts, photography projects and Museum summer camps.
Requirements: Education Volunteers must be out-going, people oriented, and interact well with children of all ages. Volunteers are expected to be able to vary presentation style to suit both adults and children. Previous educational experience would be useful. Some knowledge of DuPage County history is helpful and appropriate related history readings will be required.
Time Commitment: 9 hours per month
Position Title: Museum Docent Description: The docents are responsible for leading groups on guided tours. These tours will include the history of the building, architecture, permanent exhibits, as well as changing exhibits. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes and docents will be responsible for follow up questions and needs of the group.
Requirements: Although docents will go through extensive training, previous knowledge of DuPage County history will be helpful. Docents must be comfortable speaking in front of large groups. Docents must be able to adjust tours to the needs of the different groups (i.e. school children versus a group of seniors). Occasionally, tours will be altered to visitors requests, and docents must be able to adapt (i.e. church groups may be particularly interested in the history of religious life throughout the County). Advanced notice of these situations will be given so that docents can adequately prepare.
Time Commitment: 6 hours per month
Position Title: DuPage Society of Model Engineers Volunteer Description: The DuPage Society of Model Engineers is currently seeking new members. Those interested in model railroading and helping to maintain and operate the museum railroad exhibit should contact: President Kenneth Valentine firstname.lastname@example.org or Vice President Tom Schneider email@example.com.
Requirements: The Society meets every Wednesday from 8P to 10P for operation and maintenance; also on the third and fifth Saturdays of the month from 1:30-3:30P to operate for the public. Members must be at least 18 years old.
Time Commitment: Between 10 and 12 hours per month
What is the Leisureship Program? The Wheaton Park District Leisureship Program was established and structured to help provide recreational programs to all Wheaton Park District residents, regardless of economic situation. We provide a reduced fee program and a fee assistance program for qualified residents. Leisureship allowances are available toward Wheaton Park District recreation and athletic programs, camps, aquatic facilities and fitness center memberships. Pool passes are now available at 100%. Parks Plus Fitness Center eligible options include three-month, one-month or one-week fitness passes. Leisureship allowances are not awarded for Arrowhead Golf Club. Please note: Donations for the Leisureship Program are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Support Cosley Zoo Through a Donation to the Cosley Foundation
Since its inception in 1986, the Cosley Foundation has raised thousands of dollars, funding several key projects throughout Cosley Zoo’s history. Many capital projects have been realized through donations to Cosley Foundation, including the Vern Kiebler Learning Center, Duck Pond, wild animal exhibits, parking expansion and the Pig and Poultry buildings. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
Call 630-665-5534 to make your contribution by phone.
Help Make a Difference in a Child’s Life… All children want to play – with one another and with us – but when developmental differences or physical limitations create barriers to something as simple as a trip to the park, children begin to lose opportunities that reach far beyond the playground. The Sensory Garden Playground creates a barrier-free, universally designed outdoor play space for the children of DuPage County and beyond. As a cooperative effort of Wheaton Park District, Kiwanis Club of Wheaton, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, and Forest Preserve District DuPage County, this playground and garden is located at Danada South Park and is currently in its second phase.
For more information, please visit playforalldupage.org.
Program Guide Ads
The Wheaton Park District distributes four seasonal program guides. Each issue is distributed to 32,000 households in the Wheaton community. Build goodwill and promote your organization’s community involvement by advertising in one or all of our issues. This is a cost effective way to reach the Wheaton community while affecting a positive image through affiliation with a strong community leader.
Interior advertisements are available throughout the program guide, please let us know if you prefer a specific section. Options include: Special Events, Active Adults, Athletics & Fitness, Creative Arts, Early Childhood, Personal Growth, or Varied Interest.
With close to a million page views quarterly, wheatonparkdisrict.com is a great branding and marketing initiative for businesses or organizations looking to target the Wheaton community.
The Wheaton Park District operates multiple websites, so reaching your target audience is easy. Impressions are based on quarterly averages. Advertisements will be placed in more than one location on the website to ensure maximum impressions are achieved. Marketing options are available for quarter (3 months) and half year (6 months) increments.
Access over 40,000 email subscribers receiving a variety of e-newsletters, registration reminders, and special event invitations from the Wheaton Park District.
A variety of e-blast marketing is executed monthly in various e-marketing efforts for facilities (Arrowhead Golf Club, Cosley Zoo, DuPage County Historical Museum, Parks Plus Fitness Center, Lincoln Marsh), special events (Taste of Wheaton, Wheaton Brew Fest, Fun Run in Color, and more), and the monthly Wheaton Park District Program & Special Event blast. Discounts are offered for multiple runs or annual sponsorship of specific e-newsletters.
Promotional Marketing & Advertising Opportunities Brochure (PDF)
Includes additional information as well as a Partnership Commitment Form.
For more information about advertising or sponsorship, please contact Margie Wilhelmi, Director of Marketing at 630-510-4984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.