To ensure the safety and well being of all participants at Great River Greening events, we require Volunteer Supervisors to go through a criminal background screening.
To help you through this process, see our Frequently Asked Questions below:
You will be notified when your background check is complete as well as if you have any ‘negative’ results that may impact your involvement as a Volunteer Supervisor. You also have the option of receiving a paper copy of your background check.
Click here to watch a video for more information on how to complete a Verified Volunteers background check.
Background screening volunteers and staff who have the potential to work unsupervised with vulnerable populations (like youth, the elderly, adults with disabilities, etc.) is a common best practice in the educational and volunteer realm. In the past we’ve had multiple requests from partners that all volunteers and staff participating in a specific event be background checked. We’ve even gone so far as to use the one-time background screening of a partner organization in order to hold an event.
After implementing this protocol, the pool of schools and youth groups that participate in our Field Learning for Teens program and public events will widen and feel more safe and supported when working with GRG volunteers and staff.
What is searched? Social Security Trace, Nationwide Criminal Database Search with primary source validation, Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry (Dru Sjodin/NSOPW), Government Sanctions/Watch List (OFAC), current county/state of residence, and Nationwide Database Search.
However, a prospective Volunteer Supervisor will be automatically disqualified if they have been convicted of, plead guilty to, has deferred adjudication for, or has plead no contest to one of the following crimes under the laws of any State within the United States, the United States or any nation:
– crimes against children
– felony offenses against persons
– felony offenses against the family
– crimes defined as public indecency
– crimes using weapons
– any violent crime or felony drug-related offense other than those identified below
– classification as a Registered Sex Offender
– residing on the same premises as a Registered Sex Offender
The decision whether to allow participation shall be within the exclusive and absolute control of Great River Greening for first offense DWI, DUI, or possession of a controlled substance under two ounces, and crimes against property (theft, fraud, embezzlement, forgery, etc.). The date of disposition, severity, and final disposition will be some of the factors considered in making a determination. For all other criminal offenses (except traffic violations classified as petty misdemeanors), Great River Greening will review the applicant’s situation on a case-by-case basis.
If a current Volunteer Supervisor is charged with a disqualifying criminal offense, involvement with Great River Greening as a Volunteer Supervisor will be temporarily suspended pending disposition of the case.
Thank you for your support and cooperation in making Great River Greening events as safe, impactful, and fun as possible!
Resources (more coming soon!)
– GRG’s position and practice for screening volunteers
– Authorization to Obtain Volunteer Background Report Form