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.

June 29, 2024 - Volunteer Open House at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This open house if for volunteers who would like to start volunteering at the Refuge. Meet with experienced volunteers who can tell you what the job is like! This will be a "job fair style" open house where new volunteers can go from station to station to speak with different volunteers. Please submit your application by June 15. At the end of the open house, prospective volunteers will be able to choose a position, select a start date for training, and sign their volunteer service agreement. 

Volunteer Opportunities: 

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. Volunteers should expect to work a 4 hour shift, one day a week (9:00 am - 12:30 pm, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm). 

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. Volunteer spots for biology assistants are extremely limited. Our highest priority are volunteers who have invasive plant species experience and volunteers who are experienced birders. 

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities
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. 

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.