Cape Florida - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Volunteer

Are you interested in history and public speaking? Cape Florida boasts a 186-year-old lighthouse on-site, and we are in need of lighthouse tour guides and docents. Walking through the massive cast iron door, into the cool brick-lined tower immediately takes you back a century in time. The unobstructed view of Biscayne Bay, and the gateway to the Keys, from the summit of the tower is unsurpassed. The lighthouse is rich in history, and one can argue that the reason Miami exists here today is because of the light, established 70 years before the city itself.

We welcome new lighthouse tour guides and docents who can keep the tower or keeper’s residence open to the public for several hours during the day. If you have two hours a week to spare, and a talent or desire for public speaking, we will supply you with the background historical information and training, to make you an effective tour guide or docent.

Perhaps you have always wondered what it was like to have been one of the first pioneers in Florida, hacking your way through the dense undergrowth? If you’re not afraid of some hard, sweaty, but satisfying work, our resource management team has an unlimited amount of work available removing exotic vegetation and replanting with native species. We also welcome maintenance volunteers who assist us in picking up trash and cleaning restrooms, pavilions, and fishing piers.

Please consider that many rangers in the Florida Park Service gained the necessary skills and experience to apply for positions, by first volunteering in one of our parks.

At this time, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park requires that all volunteers live off the park premises, as we have no park housing or RV camping available. The Florida Park Service recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of our volunteers. We are happy to provide orientation, training and volunteer uniforms.

To volunteer with us, please contact Park Services Specialist Jorge Brito at Jorge.Brito@dep.state.fl.us or by phone at (305) 361-8779, extension 114.

 

Volunteer

There are 175 state parks consisting of more than 791,000 acres, hosting more than 31 million visitors a year. Florida State Parks could not succeed without the help of volunteers. In 2015, volunteers contributed more than 1.2 million hours. Find out how you can volunteer at a state park. 

Friends of Florida State Parks

Friends of Florida State Parks is a statewide citizen support organization whose dedicated members and volunteers help support the entire Florida State Park system by preserving, protecting and ensuring accessibility to state parks, educating visitors about the value of state parks, encouraging community engagement and active use of state parks, and providing financial support to supplement state funding. For more information, visit the Friends of Florida State Parks.

Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation

The Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation is Florida's chief advocacy organization for non-motorized trails. The Foundation supports greater use of trails for recreation, for fitness and health, for reducing carbon emissions, for attracting leisure travelers, for building community, for beautification, and for a larger role in evolving multi-modal transportation policy. 

Friends Groups

Friends groups, also referred to as Citizen Support Organizations (CSO), provide support to individual parks by volunteering, educating visitors, hosting events and raising funds for specific park projects. There are currently 86 friends groups supporting state parks throughout Florida.

Florida Conservation Corps

The Florida Conservation Corps works to develop natural and cultural resource leaders by connecting them to areas of critical need in conservation, preservation, interpretation and resource-based recreation. The program encompasses Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators) and Park Cadets.

Life Program

Are you interested in working with middle school students as they explore the natural world? The Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) program brings students out of their classrooms to learn science in Florida State Parks. The LIFE program offers a variety of volunteer duties and spans throughout Florida to include 22 state parks and many other public access lands along the way.