• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
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Come experience the wonder of the 10,000 Islands of Everglades National Park right in your backyard! Everglades is looking for local volunteers to help staff the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City and assist with ranger programs. Gain knowledge of this incredible national park by sharing its value with visitors. Volunteers benefit by joining a fun team working for "America's Best Idea"!
Visitor Services/Interpretation Volunteers will assist the Gulf Coast Interpretation staff with:
answering orientation and resource knowledge questions at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City, FL (including assisting visitors with backcountry permits and answering the telephone)
delivering programs (including but not limited to walks, talks, and canoe/kayak programs)
may help with collateral duties, such as, maintaining a native plant garden by weeding and watering, vacuuming & dusting, and participating with special events on and off-site
In addition, volunteers may be assigned to assist with any other miscellaneous duties as assigned and in accordance with National Park Service standards. Duties also may include driving a government vehicle.
Must be willing to commit to one 8-hour shift per week. Year-round and seasonal opportunities available.
Volunteer may participate in seasonal and district training, if available
Volunteer will be provided interpretation training and research time if expected to present programs
Physical Demands/Safety Concerns:
Volunteer may stand for long periods of time
Canoe/kayak for up to 8 hours
Walk up to 3 hours along uneven terrain
Be on a moving boat for up to 6 hours
Work in a hot, sunny, and humid climate
Potential to encounter poisonous plants, biting insects and animals, including venomous snakes.
Everglades National Park can be a hot, humid, and buggy climate, especially in the summer months.
Volunteer must be self-motivated and work well independently.
This position can take place during hurricane season and the volunteer must have an evacuation plan for both themselves and their property in the event of a hurricane.
Housing is not provided.
Park Description: Everglades National Park encompasses 1.5 million acres of sawgrass prairie, mangrove coastline, tropical hardwood forests, slash pine forests and cypress swamps that provide great camping, canoeing and fishing opportunities. Hundreds of islands in Florida Bay and the Gulf Coast provide feeding and nesting habitat for thousands of wading birds.
Volunteers will gain intimate knowledge of a unique subtropical ecosystem and have an opportunity to explore and learn about the Everglades. Come join us for a rewarding experience!