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Florida Conservation Corps

The mission of the Florida Conservation Corps is to develop natural and cultural resource leaders by connecting them to areas of critical need in conservation, preservation, interpretation and resource based recreation.

What is the Florida Conservation Corps?

The Florida Conservation Corps provides hands-on service learning opportunities designed to develop leaders in the fields of land management, cultural preservation, resource based recreation and park facility management who possess the confidence, knowledge and abilities necessary to conserve and interpret natural and cultural resources in balance with the use and enjoyment by the public. The FLCC currently offers fulltime member positions through two service programs: Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators) and Park Cadets.

Project A.N.T.

The Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators) program focuses the energy and enthusiasm of fulltime AmeriCorps members on the second leading cause of habitat loss, the spread of invasive exotic plants. Assigned to state parks in pairs, Project A.N.T. members commit to 11 months and 1,700 hours, approximately 40 hours per week, battling invasive exotic plants using a three prong approach:

  1. treatment, removal survey
  2. education of park visitors and local community
  3. volunteer recruitment and management.

Additionally, Project A.N.T. members also improve and assess trails within state parks.

While focused on invasive exotic plant management, Project A.N.T. members gain a wealth of training and hands-on experience in natural resource management, along with professional and personal development. With this experience, members have the potential to continue in the field with the Florida Park Service or similar agency, or with their Segal AmeriCorps Education Award have the opportunity to further their education with the benefit of real life experience.

Member Benefits: RETURN TO TOP

  • A monthly living allowance
  • Eligible for health insurance coverage, childcare assistance and student loan forbearance options
  • Upon completion of the term of service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Gain hands on experience and training in the areas of natural resource restoration, interpretation and volunteer recruitment and management.

For additional information regarding AmeriCorps program benefits, visit AmeriCorps Benefits.

Interested in Applying? Begin by asking yourself a few questions:

  • Do you enjoy being outside helping to preserve and restore unique and often endangered ecosystems?
  • Do you want to be part of a team dedicated to restoring and preserving Florida's habitats?
  • Are you interested in educating others and getting them involved in the restoration and preservation of Florida's state parks?
  • Do you want to make a lasting positive impact on the environment?

If you said yes to these questions, Project A.N.T. may be the program for you.

To begin the application process, please submit an AmeriCorps online application for consideration. Applications for fulltime member positions begin being accepted in September.

Park CadetsRETURN TO TOP

The Park Cadet program focuses on the development of leaders in the fields of land management, cultural preservation, resource based recreation and park facility management through hands on experiences within the Florida Park Service.

Park Cadets are committed to improving their assigned state park for a contracted 40 hours per week for a period of 11 months. In order to successfully complete the program, Park Cadets must accomplish a set number of legacy projects as identified by the host state park, along with demonstrating competencies as outlined in the Park Cadet Practical Factors.

Legacy projects are sustainable projects designed to have a long lasting positive impact on the state park. The number of legacy projects to be completed will be based on the size of the project and the needs of the state park and will be identified in accordance with Park Cadet skills and abilities.

In addition to the legacy projects, Park Cadets also participate in natural and cultural resource activities, resource based recreation programming and park facility management. Through these activities the Park Cadet will have the opportunity to demonstrate competency in the required Park Cadet Practical Factors, a listing based on the Florida Park Service “Big 5” of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in the Florida Park Service. Competency will be determined by the pre-established Park Cadet Practical Factor committee consisting of the FLCC Coordinator, one park staff from the assigned state park, and one park staff from a different state park who has volunteered to mentor the Park Cadet.

Following a maximum of two terms of service, Park Cadets have the potential of joining the Florida Park Service workforce or similar agency, equipped with a well-rounded portfolio of trainings, hands-on experience and documented achievements.

Member Benefits:RETURN TO TOP

  • Bi-weekly living allowance
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Develop documented competencies through the Park Cadet Practical Factors to assist with employment and promotion
  • Gain experience, knowledge, skills and abilities through the completion of legacy projects
  • Gain knowledge of the Florida Park Service, land management, cultural resource management, resource based recreation and park facility management through formal and informal trainings and hands on experience

Interested in Applying? RETURN TO TOP

Begin by asking yourself a few questions::

  • Do you want to be a leader in the fields of land management, cultural preservation, resource based recreation and park facility management enjoy being outside helping to preserve and restore unique and often endangered ecosystems?
  • Do you want to gain experience from a team dedicated to providing quality resource based recreation while preserving, restoring and interpreting Florida's natural and cultural resources?
  • Are you interested in educating others and getting them involved in Florida state parks?
  • Do you want to make a lasting positive impact on Florida's natural and cultural resources?

If you said yes to these questions, the Park Cadet program may be the program for you.

To begin the application process to become a Park Cadet, please email Emily Schwerin, the Florida Conservation Corps Coordinator, at emily.schwerin@dep.state.fl.us to request an application. Applications begin for the Park Cadet program begin being accepted in September.

Contact RETURN TO TOP

For additional information please contact the Florida Conservation Corps Administration Office at:

Florida Conservation Corps
4801 Camp Ranch Road
Gainesville, Florida 32641
(352) 955-2138
flcc@dep.state.fl.us