Volunteer at a Florida State Park

Hurricane Michael - How You Can Help

Three Rivers Post Hurricane view

The catastrophic damages to Florida Caverns State Park, Falling Waters State Park, Three Rivers State Park, St. George Island State Park, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and other panhandle state parks are being assessed. As cleanup efforts continue, we anticipate having a more complete picture of Hurricane Michael’s impacts, but the full toll won’t be known for a few weeks. Though our focus remains on assessing park conditions and making sure staff are safe, communications and access to the parks is limited. Many employees who live in or near the parks lost their homes, and park volunteers in communities around the parks were also impacted.

We appreciate the outpouring requests that we’ve received to support our efforts to restore the parks and assist impacted staff. As the parks become safe for volunteers, they will need your help. In the interim, here are a few other ways you can get involved:

Volunteer

  • Complete an individual or group volunteer application. Indicate the purpose for volunteering is ‘Hurricane Michael’, that way we can call on you to help when conditions are deemed safe.

Donate

Individuals

Opportunities are diverse – volunteers greet visitors, conduct tours, special events, remove exotic plants or maintain a beach, waterway or trail.

Campground Hosts / Resident

Campground hosts answer questions, help with maintenance and are available for late-night emergencies. Parks without campgrounds may also have resident volunteer opportunities. Position descriptions are park-specific. A campsite is provided in return at no charge. Positions are highly coveted, so keep the following in mind:

  • Inquire early. Parks book winter volunteers as far as 1-2 years in advance.
  • Most parks, regardless of location, need campground hosts in the summer.
  • For a free campsite, volunteers serve a minimum of 20 hours per week, per campsite.
  • The maximum length of stay for all locations is 16 weeks.
  • Download list of parks with host and resident opportunities 

Groups

Family, community, scouting, civic, corporate, church and student groups are invited to get outdoors and make a difference! Group projects may include beach clean-ups, invasive exotic plant removal, trail maintenance, special events and other park improvements. Parks often have exciting opportunities to get involved with alternative spring breaks, National Public Lands Day, Earth Day and more.

Current Volunteers

Thank you for all you do! To access your volunteer profile, please login using your user email address and password. Using the volunteer portal, you can enter your volunteer hours, browse opportunities, complete training, sign the volunteer agreement, update your application and more. 

Volunteer Benefits

  • Make a difference in preserving, interpreting and restoring our natural and cultural resources
  • Contribute 100 hours of service - receive free admission to the park you serve for you and your family
  • Contribute 500 hours of service - receive an Annual Park Pass for free admission to all parks
  • Volunteer recognition events, certificates, awards and more!

Volunteer Appreciation

You are an integral part of the Florida Park Service team and the work that we do.  We really appreciate the time and talents you contribute!  

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