MacArthur Beach - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Volunteers help visitors from around the world and school children appreciate the importance of preserving this beautiful place. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to be school guides, individuals interested in exotic plant removal, guides to lead our daily nature walks, experienced kayakers to assist with our kayak tours and volunteers to work in our gift shop. Be a part of our volunteer family and join us for a volunteer orientation (reservations required).  For more information, call the nature center at (561) 624-6952 .

Visitor Services

  • Beach Outfitters Gift Shop: Greet customers, assist with purchases and provide park information.
  • Nature and Welcome Center: Greet visitors, help maintain exhibits, terrariums, and aquariums; you may be trained to assist in the feeding of the reptiles, fish and invertebrates.
  • Guided Nature Tours: Share your knowledge of South Florida's coastal habitat with local school students; take a group of park visitors on a walk through the park’s various plant communities; or participate in our guided kayak tours.
  • Tram Driving: Enjoy a beautiful day outside, talking with and transporting park visitors across the pedestrian bridge that spans our gorgeous estuary.

Natural Resources

  • Beach and Estuary Cleanup: Help us keep the environment safe and beautiful for our visitors and wildlife by removing litter from the beach, dunes and mangroves.
  • Invasive/Exotic Plant Removal: Learn about native and exotic vegetation. Assist park staff in maintaining our very important resource in its natural state.


  • Skilled and Unskilled Construction and Maintenance: From painting buildings to maintaining equipment to constructing sheds and other jobs that allow you to indulge your 'inner contractor' while maintaining the park infrastructure.

Junior Friends of MacArthur Beach

Note that many teenagers (age 14 and up) volunteer on a regular basis, for special events or as members of the Junior Friends. The Junior Friends is a committee of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Inc. Members are 6th grade through college/university students whose purpose is to support the park through activity and special event development. Community Service Points are awarded. For more information, please contact Veronica Frehm at (561) 776-7221x104 or


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.