• Botany • Pest/Disease Control • Soil/Watershed • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Science • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Do you like digging in the dirt? Come help us beautify the grounds of the Gulf Coast Visitor Center of Everglades National Park! Everglades is looking for local volunteers to help maintain our native plant gardens and trails at our site in Everglades City. Leave a lasting legacy seen by thousands!
Gardening & Grounds Volunteers will assist the Gulf Coast Interpretation staff with:
Maintaining the native plant garden beds, by pruning and planting native vegetation and weeding out non-native vegetation
Assisting with garden planning and design
Picking up downed vegetation and removing overgrown vegetation to keep walking trails clear
Using appropriate tools, such as hand trowels, pruners, loppers, rakes, shovels, etc.
Monitoring grounds for and removing invasive plant species
Cleaning plant identification placards and other informative signage
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 at least one monthly 2-8 hour shift. Year-round and seasonal opportunities available.
Volunteer may participate in seasonal and district training, if available
Physical Demands/Safety Concerns:
Volunteer may stand, bend, or kneel for long periods of time
Use of appropriate PPE required.
Work in a hot, sunny, and humid climate
Some heavy lifting necessary
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!