Bahia Honda - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Due to Hurricane Irma and the current ongoing restorations at the park, resident volunteering is being restructured. Applications can still be filled out on the link below. We appreciate your patience as we rebuild and restore.

Thank you for your interest in the Florida Park Service volunteer program at Bahia Honda State Park.

We have several different classes of volunteers:

  • Individual Volunteer (no residence arrangement or weekly hour requirement)
  • Resident Volunteer (volunteer a minimum of 24 hours per week for 1-3 months in exchange for camping arrangement)
  • Group Volunteers (often come and volunteer for just a couple of hours or a single day).

One of the main projects that our individual and group volunteers help us with is beach and mangrove cleanup. We are in constant need of help keeping our shorelines clean and beautiful. Other possible individual or group projects include: exotic plant survey and removal, special maintenance or construction projects and programming for park visitors. Interested in volunteering as an individual? Apply here. Interested in volunteering as a group? Call the Nature Center at (305) 872-9807.

As a resident volunteer, you receive a free campsite in exchange for volunteer hours. The minimum number of hours you are required to work is 24 per week, per campsite (three 8-hour days). The sites have electric (50 amp), water, picnic table, and a grill. There is also a dump station for sewage. We accept applications 18 months – 2 years in advance of the time you wish to volunteer. Please keep in mind that volunteer positions in the Florida Keys are in high demand, particularly in the winter months. We receive many more qualified applicants than we can accept.

Volunteer at beautiful Bahia Honda State Park while camping in your live aboard boat moored in our protected marina. 42” draft 20’ wide channel to the boat basins protected 35’ slip with twin marine 30 amp electric and water, pump out available. 6’ wide concrete walkway with picnic table, 60” above deck 4X6 dock posts with cleats thru anchored in deck.

As a resident volunteer, you will be assigned to a specific area of the park for the day. In each of these areas, some of the tasks you will perform include: cleaning the bathrooms in busy day use areas and in campgrounds, picking up litter from the beach, parking lots and picnic areas, weed eating and trimming tree limbs and informing campers and visitors of the park rules and regulations. Interested in being a resident volunteer? Apply here.

For more information email Keely.KesslerFinal@dep.state.fl.us

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