The Barnacle - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Come learn a new skill, make new friends, earn community service credit, and share your love of history and nature with others!

The Barnacle Historic State Park and The Barnacle Society offer many opportunities to support the park through financial and service contributions. Long-term, short-term and one-day opportunities are available. All volunteers must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, work as scheduled, and follow written and verbal instructions. Training is provided. Please call or visit the Ranger Station for additional information (305) 442-6866.

Collections Care

Responsibilities: Assist with the cataloging, cleaning, conservation and preservation of historic artifacts.

Qualifications: Detail-oriented person with excellent writing and language skills and an interest in archiving, history, architecture and/or museum studies. Must be able to work in an unairconditioned environment. Hand sewing and data entry experience preferred.

Interpretive Programs

Responsibilities: Lead tours and assist in developing educational programs and materials.

Qualifications: Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Enjoy interacting with visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Interest in history, maritime history, architecture and/or education. Multilingual a plus.

Landscaping and Natural Areas Management

Responsibilities: Exotic plant removal in the natural areas and native plant cultivation. Assist with the maintenance of plants on the main grounds by mowing, weeding, watering, trimming, mulching etc. Coastal clean up.

Qualifications: Interest and/or experience in one or more of the above duties. Ability to work outdoors safely and in all weather conditions.


Responsibilities: Assist in cleaning, repair and maintenance of park structures, facilities, vehicles and machinery.

Qualifications: Experience in one or more trades such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, engine repair, etc.

Maritime Projects

Responsibilities: Assist in repair and maintenance of small watercraft and in preparation of the vessels and Boathouse in the event of a storm.

Qualifications: Experience and/or interest in carpentry, woodworking, painting, sailing, etc. Maritime experience preferred.

Marketing and Social Media

Responsibilities: Assist staff with creating and distributing materials and content to raise public awareness of the park.

Qualifications: Excellent writing and language skills and working knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop. Knowledge of Social Media platforms, the tenets of traditional marketing and a background in art, graphic design and/or photography preferred.

Special Events

Responsibilities: Assist staff with planning, coordinating, promoting and conducting events and the attendant activities such as food and beverage service, waste management and security.

Qualifications: Ability to work outdoors and lift 40 lbs. Enjoy interacting with people and pets. Hospitality experience a plus.


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.