• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Science
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Volunteer couples needed in Environmental Education Program October thru March.
Duties: October 1st through March, Volunteers work in the S.W.A.M.P., Swamp Water and Me Program, a curriculum based program with the 6th grade students and their teachers from Collier County public and private schools. Volunteers assist the Education Rangers with group management and safety during the field trips to the preserve. This involves hiking into a cypress strand, prairie and pineland with the students and helping them with field experiments, data gathering and other activities such as radio telemetry, dip netting and water quality testing. While the hiking is not long in distance it can be physically demanding as it involves walking through knee to thigh deep water, long periods of standing, lifting, heat and humidity, mosquitoes, uneven footing and other swamp creatures besides the 6th graders!
A normal Environmental Education work day is from 9:30 – 3:30. VIPs arrive at the education center at 9:30 and begin preparing the education center for arrival of students which includes housekeeping duties, preparing and loading all equipment and working on projects if time allows. 10:00 students arrive. 10:30-2:30 in the field with program, 2:45 - 3:30 clean and re-stock equipment and student backpacks, prepare for the next day and work on projects.
On days that no 6th grade field trips are scheduled the volunteers may assist rangers with special events and festivals, assist with special requested programs like wet walks and canoe trips, assist with teacher workshops, work on special projects, assist with general upkeep and maintenance of EE Center and equipment or do job related exploration and training.
Requirements: Couples work a minimum of 24 hours each and single Volunteers work a minimum of 32 hours per week and . Typically these hours will be fulfilled by working four eight hour days for single volunteers and four six hour workdays for couples however when scheduled to work on special events or workshops the days may be longer. Volunteers must be very flexible as the days worked and the days off may change from week to week depending on when the school groups can be scheduled and to accommodate bus schedule changes or other group programs and events. The workdays will normally be between Monday and Friday but may work several weekends for special events or non-school programs. Volunteers will have all holidays off.
The duty station to report to is the Environmental Education Center located on Birdon road, which will require personal vehicles to be driven the 2.5 miles from the housing area along a gravel road.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist other divisions with special projects and visit other agencies in the area and have many other training opportunities.
Selection Priority is given to couples and to those volunteers that commit to the full term of October 1st through March.
Skills: Must have enthusiasm!!! Must enjoy and have experience working with children. Must be able to work as a team with co-workers of different ages. An education background is preferred. Knowledge of natural science. Good communication skills. Flexibility. Good physical condition.
Compensation: There is no housing available. We will provide an R.V. pad with full hook ups in our volunteer campground in exchange for a minimum of 24 hours of work per person for a couple or 32 hour per week for a single person. R.V. must be fully contained. Laundry facilities, a pool and weight room are also available.
Area: Big Cypress is located in sunny South Florida on Highway 41 just thirty miles east of Naples and seventy miles west of Miami. Temperatures during the winter months are usually in the 80s during the day and 60s to 70s at night. Everglades City is the closest town with a small grocery, convenience stores, gas stations, and restaurants. The fishing is great!
How to Apply: fill out the on-line application and send your resume including references that may be contacted to: Lisa Andrews, Outreach/Education Coordinator, Big Cypress National Preserve 33100 Tamiami Trail E., Ochopee, FL 34141 or call Lisa 239-695-1164 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Must have own fully contained RV.