Volunteers work in the native plant nursery at Blowing Rocks Preserve.
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Volunteer in Florida

Make a positive difference in nature by becoming part of our volunteer team.

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Current TNC Florida Volunteers

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Achieving our mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends would not be possible without the efforts of our volunteers. Whether assisting with conservation work in the field or public outreach, wildlife monitoring or social media communications, our volunteers are an integral component of the work we do.

We invite you to turn your passion into action by volunteering at one of our Florida preserves, or find a remote position where you can work from anywhere. Search our available volunteer listings below to get started.

You can also browse our one-time volunteer opportunities that are offered frequently at our preserves.

Volunteer with Vigor

Volunteering can take you places. See our volunteers in action at our preserves in Florida.

A blonde woman stands with a tray of seedlings in her hands.
Two volunteers on an ATV at dusk use optical gear to view the beach at dawn.
Volunteers remove invasive species from Blowing Rocks Preserve site.
Four volunteers stand with buckets and grabbers in hand to participate in a beach clean-up.
A group of smiling people pose in celebration for the camera.
A woman holds an empty tortoise shell while pointing to other artifacts of scientific interest.
A volunteer stands on a dirt road smiling with accomplishment at the weeds in their hand.
Volunteers work to install native plants to attract butterflies for the Butterfly Garden at Disney Wilderness Preserve.
Five volunteers stand with smiling faces as they reflect on the hard work it took to create the many full bags of natal grass at their feet.
A volunteer on an ATV pulls a mower behind them to perform trail maintenance.

COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols

To ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and the community, all volunteers must adhere to the following requirements:

  • All volunteers must certify they have personal health insurance and/or health coverage.
  • All volunteers will be required to have and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated in order to enter any preserve building and must follow all TNC and CDC guidelines including wearing face coverings and social distancing, following the same protocols established for staff in the office to which they are assigned. However, strictly outdoor and remote opportunities may be available for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason.

View Available Volunteer Positions

Select your desired location

  • Apalachicola Bluffs & Ravines Preserve in Bristol (North Florida)

    For more information about available volunteer opportunities with Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in North Florida, please email VisitABRP@tnc.org or call 850-643-2756.

  • Blowing Rocks Preserve in Jupiter Island (South Florida)

     

    How to Apply

    To apply for volunteer positions at Blowing Rocks Preserve, please email Kate Tillery, outreach and volunteer specialist at kate.brown@tnc.org.

    To have the latest information about preserve updates, educational events and volunteer opportunities sent directly to your inbox, we invite you to subscribe to our preserve e-newsletter.

    Current Volunteer Position Listings

    • Beach Naturalists - Volunteers are stationed on the beach either with a booth or walking around to be available to educate visitors about marine debris, shells, plants, birds, Anastasia Limestone rocks, aquatic life, and any other seasonal topics or naturalist questions. If negative behavior by visitors is observed towards wildlife or natural habitats, volunteers may use this as an educational opportunity to interpret preserve guidelines by highlighting their purpose (especially during sea turtle and shorebird nesting seasons). Volunteers will receive training, reference materials, and ongoing enrichment opportunities. Minimum age requirement is 16 years old.
    • Environmental Education and Outreach Leads and Assistants - Lead or assist with programming onsite and virtual programming for both public and private group visits (i.e. preserve tours, exploration stations, seine netting, etc.). They also engage a broader constituency in support of conservation through tabling at offsite community outreach events, visits to classrooms and afterschool programs, and other outreach programs. Volunteers will receive training, reference materials, and ongoing enrichment opportunities. Minimum age requirement is 18 years old.
    • Invasive Plant Controllers - Work with preserve staff to restore native ecosystems and promote native plant health by removing invasive plants on the preserve landscape. Activities may include hand pulling invasive plants, using loppers and pruners to control plant populations, and scouting for invasive plant populations on trails or in backcountry areas with thick vegetation growth. Volunteers will receive training in native and invasive plant identification, methods for invasive plant treatment and removal, and other areas. Minimum age requirement is 18 years old.
    • Facilities and Grounds Maintenance Volunteers - Assist with preserve maintenance and infrastructure projects. Activities may include plumbing, painting, tool care, light carpentry, and other related tasks. Volunteers will receive training in power tool use and heavy equipment operation. Minimum age requirement is 18 years old.
    • Native Plant Nursery Volunteers - Assist in the native plant nursery and the pollinator garden. Activities may include weeding, mulching, plant propagation, pruning, potting, and transplanting. Volunteers will receive training in plant propagation techniques, pruning methods to promote tree and shrub health, native plant identification, integrated pest management, and other areas. Minimum age requirement is 16 years old.
    • Preserve Ambassadors - Welcome guests visiting the preserve, answer any questions visitors might have about trails or facilities during their stay, make recommendations for how to be safe while exploring the wilderness, and share information about what visitors can expect to see or experience during their visit. Depending on the specific shift, they will assist preserve staff with opening or closing duties. They may observe visitor behavior to document trends and document happenings on the preserve to be shared via social media, to improve the visitor experience. Minimum age requirement is 16 years old.
    • Trail Trimmers - Work with preserve staff to strategically manage vegetation growth to allow for safe access along trails and roadways. Activities may include clearing cut debris, raking, and pruning using loppers and hand pruners. Volunteers receive training in native plant identification, proper pruning methods to promote plant health, and other areas. Minimum age requirement is 16 years old.
  • Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee (Central Florida)

     

    How to Apply

    To apply for volunteer positions at Disney Wilderness Preserve, please email Hannah O'Malley, outreach and volunteer specialist at hannah.omalley@tnc.org.

    To have the latest information about preserve updates, educational events and volunteer opportunities sent directly to your inbox, we invite you to subscribe to our preserve e-newsletter.

    Current Volunteer Position Listings

    • Florida Scrub-Jay Monitor - Assist the research coordinator with identifying locations that Florida scrub-jays are present on the preserve. They also assist with counting adult and juvenile birds that are present at each location identified earlier that season. All data is collected by sight, then communicated to the research coordinator to be compiled and shared in annual reports.
    • Native Plant Gardener - Participate in a one hour onboarding and independently volunteer monthly to assist with the upkeep of our native plant gardens. It is helpful to have prior gardening experience but not required and garden volunteers are expected to attend quarterly zoom meetings to stay in touch with other volunteers.
    • Photographer - Assist with capturing images from the preserve to be used for storytelling and marketing and communications. 
    • Preserve Ambassador - Welcome guests visiting the preserve, answer any questions visitors might have about trails or facilities during their stay, make recommendations for how to be safe while exploring the wilderness, and share information about what visitors can expect to see or experience during their visit. They may observe visitor behavior to document trends, maintain trails or facilities, and document happenings on the preserve to be shared via social media, in order to improve the visitor experience.
    • Wildland Firefighter - Assist on prescribed burns when they are able. These volunteers are expected to maintain all trainings and proficiencies to serve on prescribed fires at any point. It is important that Wildland Firefighter Volunteers have respect for safety and teamwork above all else.
    • Work Day Volunteer - Assist with single day, labor intensive projects like uprooting invasive species, picking up trash, clearing vegetation around red-cockaded woodpecker nest trees, or gardening.
  • Tiger Creek Preserve in Babson Park (Central Florida)

     

    How to Apply

    To apply for volunteer positions at Tiger Creek Preserve, please email Cheryl Millett, preserve manager at cmillett@tnc.org.

    To have the latest information about preserve updates, educational events and volunteer opportunities sent directly to your inbox, we invite you to subscribe to our preserve e-newsletter.

    Current Volunteer Position Listings

    • Bald Eagle Monitor - Participate in the Audubon EagleWatch program by monitoring the bald eagle population present on the preserve. Locate and record locations and numbers of nesting bald eagles, and make note of nesting progress. All data is collected by sight, then submitted to EagleWatch and to the research coordinator to be compiled and shared in annual reports.
    • Preserve Ambassadors - Welcome guests visiting the preserve, answer any questions visitors might have about trails or facilities during their stay, make recommendations for how to be safe while exploring the wilderness, and share information about what visitors can expect to see or experience during their visit.  They may observe visitor behavior to document trends, maintain trails, and document happenings on the preserve to be shared via social media, in order to improve the visitor experience. 
  • Volunteer Remotely from Anywhere (Location Flexible)

     

    Current Volunteer Position Listings

    • Social Media Content Creator – Research articles in major Florida media publications like The Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Bay Times to find pertinent news related to environmental topics of interest to our social media audience. Write engaging social media posts introducing the articles. Must have access to internet and email, excellent writing skills, passion for environmental conservation and interest in digital marketing. To apply please email Rachel Davis, content and digital marketing manager at rachel.davis@tnc.org.
    • Content Editor – Assist with creating and editing content to be shared from Disney Wilderness Preserve in internal and external communications. This can be done remotely but requires the volunteer to have access to internet and email. To apply please email Hannah O'Malley, outreach and volunteer specialist at hannah.omalley@tnc.org.
    • Content Editor – Assist with creating and editing content to be shared from Blowing Rocks Preserve in internal and external communications. This can be done remotely but requires the volunteer to have access to internet and email. To apply please email Kate Tillery, outreach and volunteer specialist at kate.brown@tnc.org.
     

Florida Volunteer Sites

Learn more about the TNC preserves in Florida where volunteer opportunities are available.

  • View from Alum Bluff at Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.

    Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve

    The Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve's steephead ravines are a very rare geological feature that provide refuge for a number of rare species of plants and animals, some found nowhere else on Earth. Visit Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve

  • Blowing Rocks Preserve beach. Water is shooting up through the rocks.

    Blowing Rocks Preserve

    Blowing Rocks Preserve is a barrier island protected for its natural beauty, its distinctive rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline, and its important sea turtle nesting beach. Visit Blowing Rocks Preserve

  • Cypress trees standing near the shoreline of Lake Russell against a cloudy blue sky at Disney Wilderness Preserve. .

    Disney Wilderness Preserve

    At the headwaters of Florida’s Everglades system, the 11,500 acre Disney Wilderness Preserve stands as a testament not only to Disney’s love of nature, but also to the power of cooperation, perseverance and innovative thinking. Visit Disney Wilderness Preserve

  • The blackwater stream flowing through vegetation at Tiger Creek Preserve.

    Tiger Creek Preserve

    Tiger Creek Preserve sits on the edge of the Lake Wales Ridge, peninsular Florida's oldest and highest landmass, sheltering many threatened and endangered plants and animals. Visit Tiger Creek Preserve

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