Preserve Seeking Backcountry Volunteers
Contact: Isobel Kalafarski, 239-695-4758
Contact: MaryJo Shreffler, 239-695-1117
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Big Cypress National Preserve is seeking people interested in assisting visitors in the backcountry. These Backcountry Volunteers will be trained in the use of Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) and will travel along backcountry trails that allow for ORV use assisting and educating visitors as needed. Volunteers will also perform minor trail maintenance and identify major trail issues that need to be addressed.
We are seeking applicants from the local area that are willing to volunteer one or two weekend days per month. Candidates should be customer service oriented, enjoy the outdoors, have a basic understanding of backcountry travel and be a good team player. Prior knowledge of Big Cypress trails and ORVs is beneficial, but not necessary. To become part of the program, a short training commitment will be required.
Volunteers will travel in teams while in the backcountry using National Park Service provided swamp buggies, ATVs, or UTVs and will be required to wear a volunteer uniform.
The goal of the program is to increase the ability of the NPS to contact, assist and educate visitors in the Preserve backcountry, assist with minor trail maintenance as needed and aid in the monitoring of the backcountry trail system.
Interested parties may find a more detailed description of the program requirements here.
You may apply on-line for this volunteer opportunity here.
Did You Know?
Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."