Rocky Bayou - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Individual volunteers contribute to Rocky Bayou State Park 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 the beach, park grounds and facility.

If you are interested in volunteering at Henderson Beach please contact Kit Snyder by phone (850) 833-9144 or email

Campground Hosts and Residential Volunteers

Campground hosts are volunteers who aid park staff in the maintenance and care of the park. They answer campers' questions, help with maintenance and are available for late-night emergencies. In return, campground hosts get a campsite at no charge and the satisfaction of performing an important and much-needed job.

Campground Host positions are highly coveted, so keep the following in mind:

  • If you are interested in becoming a campground host you should inquire as early as possible. Rocky Bayou State Park books winter volunteers as far as a year in advance.
  • The largest demand for campground hosts in the summer months.
  • In exchange for a campsite, a campground host must volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a week.

If you are interested in volunteering at Rocky Bayou please contact Kit Snyder by phone (850) 833-9144 or email

Group Volunteers

Groups, whether they are part of a family, community or student group including civic clubs and organizations, are always welcome to volunteer at Rocky Bayou State Park. Students can participate in internship programs or bring a group to the park to provide service as an alternative spring break. If you are interested in organizing a volunteer group, please contact Kit Snyder phone (850) 83-9144or email


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.