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“Let him who would move the world, first move himself.”  - Socrates

  • Volunteer Opportunities

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    Want to have fun, meet new people, and help wildlife? Become a volunteer with the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.  Volunteers are actively involved in many of the refuge programs.  We also offer a couple of RV sites for traveling volunteers willing to work 24 to 32 hours each week.  RV volunteers from all over the country and all walks of life visit and volunteer.  Volunteers share their camp areas with turkeys and black bear, and assist refuge staff with many duties such as visitor interpretation, maintenance, habitat treatments, or wildlife inventory.  Because Winter months are so popular among RV’ers, submit your applications about 10 months before a proposed start date. 

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  • Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge

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    Interested citizens formed this local independent association to provide additional services to the refuge.  Members take pride in the refuge and believe all citizens should share in the responsibilities of caring for their public lands.  The Friends play a critical role in support of refuge activities.  

    Click here to learn how you can assist the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge in its mission and support the refuge as it progresses with research, outreach, and land management activities.


  • Internships

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    The refuge provides intern opportunities at various times to perform a multitude of tasks.  Most years, we seek recent college graduates with natural resource degrees that possess skills and knowledge that allow them to work alongside refuge biologists and not require extensive training.  Working at both FL Panther and Ten Thousand Islands NWRs, these interns work full-time contributing to the habitat and biological programs by performing inventory and monitoring work, habitat treatments, and exotic species control.  Most of these internships begin in January and last for 6-8 months enabling these young graduates chances to refine or enhance their skill sets and pursue  an occasional special project that benefits our refuges.  These opportunities are not for those that are not up for a stout challenge because working in each refuge includes hot and humid conditions and some noxious insects.   But the benefits are worth the experience as interns learn from seasoned professionals and they broaden their skills and experience.  Interns are supported with a stipend for living expenses and often are provided with refuge housing.   
    Intern opportunities are open to US citizens in good academic standing and often require background checks.  On occasion, we may announce internships that focus more on public use and visitor services or fire management.  These positions are announced at any time of the year and they may call for more specialized training and experience.  

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Last Updated: Nov 07, 2013
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