• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation
Photo Courtesy of FWS
Crystal River NWR was established in 1983, as the only refuge created specifically for the protection of the threatened Florida manatee. The refuge manages 177 acres, including the 57 acre Three Sisters Springs. Crystal River NWR is one of over 561 national wildlife refuges which have been established throughout the United States for the protection of wildlife and natural areas.
4 hours per week
Volunteers might be asked to work on weekends and holidays.
Orient visitors to recreational activities such as hiking, bird watching, and snorkeling.
Greet and educate visitors to Three Sisters Springs about manatees, Manatee Manners, the Florida’s spring system and the refuge.
Help keep the Boardwalk area clean and presentable to visitors.
Help educate visitors about the natural resources in and around Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
May assist with special programs and events.
Assist refuge staff with various tasks
Enjoy working with the public.
Be able to deal with a high volume of visitors under occasionally hectic situations.
Have knowledge or a willingness to learn about the refuge's natural resources.
Have the ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Oral communication skills.
Contribute as a team player working with a diverse group of people
Volunteers will be working in conditions, typical of Central Florida, including heat, humidity and mosquitoes.
Benefits to Volunteers
Gain knowledge of the operations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Meet other employees and volunteers
Opportunities to talk with people from all over the world
Learn about many aspects of the refuge's natural resources
Opportunities to gain recognition items based on cumulative service