Everglades National Park to expand Volunteer Team
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Jackie Doustorian, 305-242-7752
Everglades National Park encompasses a wide variety of subtropical ecosystems. The expansive sawgrass prairie is interspersed by slash pine and cypress forest, and dotted with lush tropical hardwood tree islands. A tangle of mangrove trees surround the coastal periphery of the park, beyond which lie 100s of mangrove islands.
Everglades, and all other National Park units, are able to provide visitors from around the world an exceptional outdoor experience with significant help from a host of volunteers. These volunteers make a huge difference in programs and visitor services the park is able to provide. Individuals from the local community and some who travel around the country donate time and expertise to help preserve, protect, and enhance visitor experiences at your national parks.
Everglades National Park is actively seeking volunteers in the south Florida area who would like to become an integral part in shaping the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation park visitors have for the Everglades by volunteering in the Ernest Coe Visitor Center, the Discovery Bookstore or the park-wide Information Desk. Depending on which position you are interested in, duties could include orienting visitors to park recreational opportunities and ecosystems, answering visitor questions and phone inquiries, mailing park informational packets, providing assistance to visitors as they select their purchases and pricing, stocking and ringing up sales items in a non-profit bookstore.
Volunteers have an opportunity to meet people from around the world and see the parks from the inside out. Thorough training on all aspects of the park and the volunteer position are provided, as well as a uniform shirt, hat and park entrance pass. Volunteers are often found exploring the park trails after or before their allotted volunteer schedule. The duty location is only 4 miles from the world famous Anhinga Trail, known for its incredible wildlife viewing opportunities!
For additional information call or email Jackie Dostourian, Volunteer Coordinator, at 305-242-7752 or Jackie_Dostourian@nps.gov.
Did You Know?
Limestone is the porous, sedimentary rock you see in the Everglades. These rocks are made of calcium and contain fossils of sea life, evidence of ancient seas that once covered the area. The limestone aquifer under the Everglades acts as the principal water recharge area for all of south Florida.