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Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities are as diverse and numerous as the parks themselves. The following information is intended to provide a general understanding of the types of volunteer services available.

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS RETURN TO TOP

Individual volunteers contribute to Florida's state parks in a variety of ways: they may greet visitors, conduct tours, assist with special events, help rangers remove exotic plants or maintain the natural beauty of a beach, waterway or trail. If you would like to become a state park volunteer, visit How to Apply.

CAMPGROUND HOSTS & RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEERS RETURN TO TOP

Campground hosts are volunteers who aid park staff in the maintenance and care of state park camping areas. They answer campers' questions, help with maintenance and are available for late-night emergencies. In return, campground hosts get a campsite at no charge and the satisfaction of performing an important and much-needed job.

Campground Host positions are highly coveted, so keep the following in mind:

  • If you are interested in becoming a campground host you should inquire as early as possible. Most Florida state parks book winter volunteers as far as a year in advance.
  • Parks in north Florida are more likely than south Florida parks to have campground host volunteer positions available in the winter.
  • Most parks, regardless of location, need campground hosts in the summer.
  • In exchange for a campsite, a campground host must volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a week.

Parks that do not offer camping as an activity will not have campground host positions available. Refer to the online park guide to help narrow your search, look for the following symbols as a guide:

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Parks without formal campsites may still require the use of an onsite volunteer. These volunteers are typically referred to as residential volunteers. Their duties differ from campground hosts but they still receive the benefit of a campsite at no charge.

GROUP VOLUNTEERS RETURN TO TOP

Groups, whether they are part of a family, community or student group including civic clubs and organizations, are always welcome to volunteer in our state parks. Groups can adopt trails, portions of a park or even an entire park. Students can participate in internship programs or bring a group to a park to provide service as an alternative spring break. If you are interested in organizing a volunteer group, download and print the Group Volunteer Application Form and submit it to the park of your interest or mail it to the Coordinator of Volunteer Services.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS RETURN TO TOP

The Florida Park Service welcomes and encourages young people under the age of 18 to become part of the volunteer team. Youth volunteers under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission before volunteering at state parks. Check with individual parks for minimum age requirements and policies pertaining to youth volunteering.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION RETURN TO TOP

We are proud of our volunteers and try to show our appreciation whenever possible. Volunteers do not receive monetary compensation for their service, but they are eligible for other benefits including:

  • Free admission to a park after 100 hours of volunteer service has been contributed to that park. This is intended for the volunteer and their immediate family to enjoy the park for recreational use.
  • Issuance of a Special Volunteer Annual Pass after 500 hours of volunteer service has been contributed.
  • Annual volunteer recognition events, certificates of appreciation, awards and more.
  • Refer to the Volunteer Handbook for more detailed information.