Kline Creek Farm

Volunteer at Our Kline Creek Farm

Kline Creek Farm's volunteers assist our heritage interpreters teach about life on a DuPage County farm during the late 19th century. They help interpret domestic arts, blacksmithing, agriculture and carpentry. They may plant the kitchen garden, can vegetables in the summer kitchen or collect eggs from the chicken coop. Some may care for livestock, assist with tours of the barn and outbuildings, work at the farm's gift shop or entertain guests during seasonal-themed special events.

Step back in time, and be a Kline Creek Farm volunteer. For information about volunteering, contact Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233 or volunteer@dupageforest.org.

Kline Creek Farm is located at Timber Ridge Forest Preserve in West Chicago.

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Volunteer Services Program at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is to engage volunteers who are willing to donate their time, talents and resources to support the programs and staff in carrying out the mission, purpose and guiding principles of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and its volunteer programs.

 

Agricultural Interpreter

Commitment: Monthly (16 hours/month)
Location: Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: February 1, June 1 & October 1

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in caring for District livestock, and maintenance of agricultural facilities and equipment, while providing a safe, informative and enjoyable experience to Kline Creek Farm visitors. Volunteers wear historical costumes of the 1890s while performing their duties. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. There may be situations and tasks where the volunteer interacts with the public and responds to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

Apprentice Interpreter (Summer Teen Program)

Commitment: Flexible (8 hours/week for 10 weeks
Location: Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago IL
Minimum Age: 13 – 18
Application Deadline: May 1

Distinguishing Features of the Position

This volunteer position is offered to teens 13 – 18 years old with a time commitment of 8 hours a week for 10 weeks beginning in June and ending in August. Shifts are available Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional volunteer opportunities may be available throughout the year for special events.

The Apprentice Interpreter’s program is an opportunity for enthusiastic individuals to contribute to the success of Kline Creek Farm’s educational mission and gain valuable job, interpersonal and presentation skills. We value their experiences, goals and point of view and work together as a team to bring energy to the farm. These volunteers focus on interpretive work in teams. They wear historical costumes. Their workdays include leading scripted farm tours, gardening, setting up and staffing activity stations, and demonstrating historical activities and pastimes. During their apprenticeship, teen volunteers will learn and build interpretive technique, use hands-on activity stations to engage casual visitors, write a personalized scripted tour of the farm, assist with agricultural work, support Farmhands day camp, tend the kitchen garden and document their experiences. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

Beekeeping Interpreter

Commitment: Monthly (8 hours/month)
Location: Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: February 1, June 1 & October 1

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in interpreting 1890s beekeeping techniques to guests while maintaining the beekeeping area. Volunteers wear historical costumes of the 1890s while performing their work. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. There may be situations and tasks where the volunteer interacts with the public and responds to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

Domestic Arts Interpreter

Commitment: Monthly (8 hours/month)
Location: Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: February 1, June 1 & October 1

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in demonstrating and interpreting 1890s domestic arts activities in the house, summer kitchen, garden and dooryard. There may be situations and tasks where the volunteer interacts with the public and responds to questions and requests for information. Direction is received by District staff. View full position description (PDF).

 

Family Program Volunteer

Commitment: Monthly (8 hours/month)
Location: Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago IL
Minimum Age: Parent & child 6+ years old
Application Deadline: February 1, June 1 & October 1

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in demonstrating 1890s farming activities in a historic setting. Specific assignments for family members depend on the adult volunteer’s position. Volunteers wear historical costumes of the 1890s while performing their work. Duties may vary at the discretion of the District staff. There may be situations and tasks where the volunteer interacts with the public and responds to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

 

General Interpreter

Commitment: Monthly (8 hours/month)
Location: Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: February 1, June 1 & October 1

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in interpretation to visitors while conducting educational programming, assisting with special events or working on projects. Volunteers wear historical costumes of the 1890s while performing their work. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. There may be situations and tasks where the volunteer interacts with the public and responds to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

 

Trades Interpreter

Commitment: Monthly (8 hours/month)
Location: Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: February 1, June 1 & October 1

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in interpreting and demonstrating 1890s woodworking, carpentry, cabinet-making, metal-working and forge skills. Volunteers wear historical costumes of the 1890s while performing their work. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. There may be situations and tasks where the volunteer interacts with the public and responds to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

 

Visitor Center Attendant

Commitment: Monthly (8 hours/month)
Location: Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: February 1, June 1 & October 1

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in welcoming visitors to Kline Creek Farm and in the gift shop. Volunteers in the Visitor Center do not need to wear historical costumes of the 1890s while performing their work. Note that the majority of volunteers wear historical costumes of the 1890s while performing their duties. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. There may be situations and tasks where the volunteer interacts with the public and responds to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).