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AmeriCorps

The AmeriCorps Florida State Parks program is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and operates in Florida's 160 state parks and their surrounding communities. In cooperation with park staff, local organizations and schools, AmeriCorps Florida State Parks members provide service in the areas of habitat restoration, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, prescribed burning, trail maintenance, cultural and historical restoration, environmental education and volunteer recruitment.

AmeriCorps Florida State Parks began in 1997 and is part the national service movement AmeriCorps. Nationwide, AmeriCorps engages more than 50,000 citizens of all ages and backgrounds each year in results-driven community service in the areas of education, public safety, human needs and the environment. In return, AmeriCorps members earn an education award for their service.

MISSION OF AMERICORPS FLORIDA STATE PARKS

To serve and strengthen Florida State Parks' natural and cultural resources by addressing critical environmental and human needs.

BECOME A MEMBER RETURN TO TOP

AmeriCorps Florida State Parks looks for motivated individuals who are willing to commit themselves to a term of service on a local level. Our members represent a diverse range of educational, economic and cultural backgrounds. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the minimum selection criteria. All members are subject to national criminal and sexual offender background checks.

  • Age 17 or older; United States Citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • High School Diploma, GED equivalency, or commitment to earn one of these prior to using the Education Award.

Team Positions

  • AmeriCorps Florida State Parks offers full-time team member positions (11 months/1,700 hours) beginning in January of each year.
  • Occasionally, part time, six month positions are offered that start in June.
  • AmeriCorps Teams are based out of O'Leno State Park in High Springs, Florida and Wekiwa State Park in Apopka, Florida and serve on projects throughout the state.

Individual Placement Positions (IP)

  • AmeriCorps Florida State Parks offers Individual Placement (IP) positions to qualified applicants. These specialty positions include Resource Management, Volunteer Outreach and Environmental Education.

MEMBER BENEFITS RETURN TO TOP

  • Taxable monthly living allowance of $1009.09 per month.
  • Upon successful completion of a full term of service (a minimum of 1,700 hours), eligible members receive an education award. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans, or for education at an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational, trade or any other Title IV schools. Please contact your school for additional information.
  • Part time (minimum of 900 hours) members receive a pro-rated stipend and education award.
  • Basic medical insurance (covers member only, not dependants; vision and dental not included).
  • Childcare allowance, if eligible. (Only full-time members)
  • For more information, visit AmeriCorps Benefits.

APPLY NOW RETURN TO TOP

Fill out the AmeriCorps online application to be considered for a position.

PROGRAM PARTNERS RETURN TO TOP

AmeriCorps Florida State Parks partners with area schools, community organizations, faith-based organizations and other government agencies to address critical environmental and educational needs in Florida State Parks and their surrounding communities. Partnering organizations serve with AmeriCorps Florida State Parks on projects that last from one day to eleven months in length.

Current and past partners include:

  • Alachua Reads AmeriCorps
  • Apalachee Audubon Society
  • Back To Nature
  • Bucholz High School
  • Dignity Project
  • Florida Department of Elder Affairs
  • Friends of Eden Gardens State Park
  • Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park
  • Friends of Oscar Scherer State Park
  • Fritz Brothers Tree Service
  • Gadsden Reads AmeriCorps
  • Gainesville Eastside High School
  • Keystone Heights Junior High
  • Leon Reads AmeriCorps
  • Mystic Eagle Cultural Pow-Wow
  • Northwest Tallahassee Neighborhood Assn.
  • Notre Dame AmeriCorps
  • Pelican Harbor Seabird Station
  • Project Hope
  • Putnam Reads AmeriCorps
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • University of Florida Wetlands Club

CONTACT RETURN TO TOP

For more information or questions regarding AmeriCorps at Florida State Parks, contact:

Emily Schwerin
State Program Coordinator
AmeriCorps Florida State Parks
Department of Environmental Protection
4801 Camp Ranch Road
Gainesville, FL 32641
(850) 544-3596
Emily.Schwerin@dep.state.fl.us