Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America. It contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments. The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.
One of our nation’s great natural treasures can use your help. While a great deal of attention is being given to Everglades restoration, there are a variety of daily operations and support functions that are necessary to help keep Everglades National Park running smoothly. Last year, more than 400 volunteers joined our staff in performing a variety of these functions!
The park is currently recruiting volunteers to work as Information Desk Assistants. Help travelers from around the world plan their trip to Everglades National Park by providing information and assistance at the park’s main reception desk. Duties include mailing out park informational packets and answering phone inquiries concerning park recreational activities and natural resources. The work location is accessed from the Homestead entrance to Everglades National Park. We are looking for applicants who can work for three to four hours once a week between Monday and Friday. Training and a volunteer uniform are provided.
Please call Jackie Dostourian at 305-242-7752 to learn more about this position, and other volunteer positions, and to receive a National Park Service Volunteer Application in the mail. You may also send a resume describing your school and/or work experiences and skills to VIP Coordinator, Everglades National Park, and 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034 or by fax at 305-242-7757.
Did You Know?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives.