John Gorrie Museum - Opportunities to Get Involved

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INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS

Individual volunteers contribute to Florida's state parks in a variety of ways: they may greet visitors, conduct tours, assist with special events, help rangers remove exotic plants or maintain the natural beauty of a beach, waterway or trail. If you would like to become a state park volunteer, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/get-involved/volunteer to submit an application.

GROUP VOLUNTEERS

Groups, whether they are part of a family, community or student group including civic clubs and organizations, are always welcome to volunteer in our state parks. Groups can adopt trails, portions of a park or even an entire park. Students can participate in internship programs or bring a group to a park to provide service as an alternative spring break. If you are interested in organizing a volunteer group, download and submit the group application by visiting https://www.floridastateparks.org/get-involved/volunteer.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS

The Florida Park Service welcomes and encourages young people under the age of 18 to become part of the volunteer team. Youth volunteers under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission before volunteering at state parks. Check with individual parks for minimum age requirements and policies pertaining to youth volunteering.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

We are proud of our volunteers and try to show our appreciation whenever possible. Volunteers do not receive monetary compensation for their service, but they are eligible for other benefits including:

Free admission to a park after 100 hours of volunteer service has been contributed to that park. This is intended for the volunteer and their immediate family to enjoy the park for recreational use.
Issuance of a Special Volunteer Annual Pass after 500 hours of volunteer service has been contributed.
Annual volunteer recognition events, certificates of appreciation, awards and more.
Refer to the Volunteer Handbook for more detailed information.

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.