Florida Conservation Corps

AmeriCorp Volunteers

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.

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What is the Florida Conservation Corps?

The 24-year-old Florida Conservation Corps (FLCC) AmeriCorps program is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Members are required to work 35 to 40 hours a week to complete 1,700 hours in 11 months.

FLCC members serve under one of three programs:

  • Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Nonnative plant Terminators)
  • Project R.O.A.R. (Regional Outreach Awareness Recruiters)
  • Project T.R.E.C. (Trail Restoration and Enhancement Corps)

Project A.N.T.

Members focus on habitat restoration by reducing invasive exotic plant infestations through various land management techniques (herbicide use/manual removal). They also recruit volunteers and educate park visitors about issues of invasive exotic plants in natural ecosystems.

Project R.O.A.R.

Members are placed regionally throughout Florida and work directly with DEP staff to identify parks in need of volunteer recruitment and outreach. Members create outreach material and participate in virtual presentations while learning to navigate and manage DEP volunteer tracking systems. In addition, these members work with FLCC’s two other project areas to assist members with virtual volunteer recruitment and outreach. Members may assist with FLCC staff on special projects and initiatives.

Project T.R.E.C.

This traveling team, based in Gainesville, is prescheduled for various trail restoration/awareness projects in Florida State Parks. Members conduct physical trail maintenance for increased usability, create signs and trail brochures to increase trail awareness, and engage the community with virtual outreach presentations. Members are required to work five to eight days at a time depending on project and must have a positive attitude. These members also are required to participate as the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team for the state of Florida (may deploy for 30 days at a time). 

Requirements

  • Must be able to complete an FBI/FDLE background check (free of charge) before start date
  • Must be able to attend orientation Monday in March
  • Must commit to full 1,700 hours of service over an 11-month period
  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • Must have obtained at least a high-school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to tolerate extreme and adverse conditions of Florida
  • Understand that this is not employment but national service through an AmeriCorps program
  • Positive attitude

Training and Benefits Available

Due to the impact of COVID-19, many of the activities listed, trainings and orientations will be/or are in the process of becoming virtual participation. There are safety precautions and practices in place at each host site location to assist in the safety of FLCC AmeriCorps members and Florida Park Service staff.

  • Interpretation
  • Leadership
  • Community outreach
  • Professional development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Disaster response
  • First aid/CPR/AED
  • Effective communication
  • Resume/cover letter workshop
  • Trail tools training
  • Hatchet and machete training/use
  • Herbicide application training
  • Use of large equipment
  • Hauling trailers
  • Park/district specific trainings

Monetary Benefits

  • Loan deferment
  • $6,195 Segal Education Award at completion of service
  • $1,500 monthly living stipend
  • Free health insurance
  • Access to employee assistance program
  • Free access to all 175 state parks

For more information, visit AmeriCorps State and National FAQ.

What you can expect from your service

  • Natural resource skills
  • Plant identification skills
  • Chainsaw training and use
  • Hauling trailers
  • Professional development
  • Introduction to federal and state policy and guidelines
  • Experience entering data and retrieving reports for progress tracking
  • Organize and/or participate in strike teams and service projects (depending on Covid-19 precautions/safety)
  • Network and build relationships with natural resource professionals
  • Community outreach
  • Flyer and graphic design and development
  • Opportunity to recruit volunteers and lead volunteer projects
  • Table at community events (depending on Covid-19 precautions/safety)
  • Participate in disaster response recovery efforts

How to Apply

1. Register at my.AmeriCorps.gov (it’s free!)

2. Create an application

3. Submit your application to Florida Conservation Corps

View step-by-step instructions.

Contact Information

Please contact the Florida Conservation Corps Administration Office at:
Florida Conservation Corps
4801 Camp Ranch Road
Gainesville, Florida 32641

FLCC@FloridaDEP.gov