• Conservation Education • Soil/Watershed • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
Objectives of the Work
This position will support the law enforcement division of Big Cypress National Preserve, performing front-country and backcountry oversight of commercial operators and acting as an additional set of eyes and ears in the Preserve.
Comfortable operating ATV/UTV
Operation of Preserve pick-up truck and trailer. Driver’s license required
Paddling experience and ability to self-rescue required
Comfortable interacting with general public, commercial operators, and law enforcement
Basic first aid/ CPR certification preferred
Ability to work outdoors for 6 hours at a time in all weather conditions
Some use of computers/ iPad
Statement of Duties
Document illegal commercial activity and report to law enforcement
Observe legal commercial activity
Travel around Preserve, document anything out of the ordinary/ unusual activity
Assure permit boxes are filled
Other duties as assigned by supervisor
Orientation to Big Cypress National Preserve will be provided via a formal orientation class and in-park experiences to include interpretive walks and discussions. Training will be hosted by park rangers and subject matter experts. Hands-on training and guidance on project specific capabilities will be provided.
ATV/UTV operation training and water rescue trainings will be offered.
The work may include periods of up to 6 hours of standing or walking outdoors, in all weather conditions. Volunteers must be physically able to trailer UTV to different sights, load and unload UTV from trailer etc.
The duties are primarily performed in the outdoors with the potential for inclement weather. Temperatures during winter and spring seasons are fairly mild, however, outside temperatures may fluctuate between the low 30’s and into the low 90’s.
Each VIP will be issued three uniform shirts, one jacket, and one hat. While on duty, the volunteer must wear the required uniform. Uniform items are not to be worn off-duty.
Services Provided to Volunteer
Recreational Vehicle (RV) trailer pad with full hook-ups including electricity, water, and sewer.
Use of Preserve Headquarters laundry facility and swimming pool.
Ice may be collected from the Headquarters ice machines (limited to one cooler per day). Ice may be collected only when park buildings are unlocked.
The Preserve will provide incredible opportunities and experiences such as canoeing, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.
Your services will support the work of the National Park Service to preserve and protect our natural, cultural, and historical resources so that all may experience our heritage.
The position term is December until April 1. Selection priority will only be given to those volunteers that commit to the full-term. Volunteers will work with another couple to provide 7 days of coverage (alternating 3 days per week and 4 days per week).
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: An RV site with full hook-ups and 30-50 AMP electrical service is available for volunteers. Can accommodate RV’s up to 40 feet. A minimum of 32 hours per person per week is required for free housing.