Volunteering

Volunteers make a difference!

Our refuge volunteers lead tours, assist with special events, help restore habitat, conduct plant and wildlife surveys, remove invasive plants, teach students about the importance of healthy ecosystems in the Everglades, and so much more.

To apply for a volunteer position, please fill out and return a Volunteer Service Application to maria_perez@fws.gov. Please include “Volunteer Application” in the subject line. 

Note: A volunteer who is under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and the parent or legal guardian must sign the parental agreement section on the Volunteer Service Agreement.

February 17- Everglades Day Saturday of Service

8:00 am to 11:00 am

Join Refuge staff to earn volunteer hours doing projects around the Refuge! We need volunteers to help us clean up signs around the Refuge, trim plants back from the boardwalk, and weed pull behind the visitor center. Registration is required. Please email maria_quitugua@fws.gov for registration paperwork. Include your name, number of people in your group, and if you have a preference for an assignment. Volunteers 18 and under must have the volunteer service agreement signed by their parent and be supervised at all times either by the parent or a group supervisor (scout leader, teacher, etc.). 

Visitor Center Front Desk Assistant

Front desk volunteers welcome and orient visitors the refuge. They answer questions, provide maps, relay recent wildlife sightings, and help orient visitors to the refuge. View the Volunteer Job Description for Visitor Center Front Desk Assistant.

Environmental Education and Interpretation Assistant

Volunteers work with schools, formal groups, and the public to deliver educational and interpretive programs. Volunteers also interact with visitors in the visitor center and on refuge trails by roving to provide information on other recreational activities available on the refuge and surrounding area. View the Volunteer Job Description for Education and Interpretation Assistant.

Maintenance Assistant

Volunteers maintain refuge lands, trails, facilities, and equipment in safe and fully functional condition to support public use and refuge operations. View the Volunteer Job Description for Maintenance Assistant.

Biology Assistant

Volunteers work with the biology staff on a myriad of projects from migratory bird monitoring, data collection, water quality, and exotic species removal from the refuge. View the Volunteer Job Description for Biology Assistant.

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities
Weed Pull Workdays

Help remove  invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

Learn more about invasive species
 and unwanted plants from targeted areas around the refuge. More information on our events page. 

Weekly Clean Up Crew- Every Monday

Clean up crews are not glamorous- but they are an integral part of the keeping the refuge functioning. As part of the clean up crew, you will assist with litter pick up and trash can removal. Help us keep the habitat clean, the animals free from pollution, and the refuge beautiful. To apply, please send your application (linked above) with the heading "Clean Up Crew." Additional days may be available based on the number of volunteers. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Background: The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is home to 146,000 plus acres of cypress swamp, tree islands, and wet prairies- all part of the beautiful Everglades! Our headquarters area contains the headquarters office, visitor center and over 20 miles of trails, and is...

Our Partners

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.