Volunteer Program


  • Matt Tschirgi, Volunteer Coordinator
  • (941) 742-5923 ext. 6035
  • Email Us
You really can make a difference! By volunteering in the preserves, you will make a positive impact on the environment. Volunteers help preserve the homes of native plants and animals, re-establishing much-needed habitat. The work completed by volunteers will also help to secure the land for the enjoyment of future generations.

Projects can be adapted for any age range or group size, too. Each opportunity is more than just service work - volunteers learn about Florida's ecosystems while working to help preserve them.


If you have a group that would like to complete a project at one of our preserves, please contact us directly! Whether you're working with a scout troop, school group, professional organization, or club, we can help create an opportunity for you! Contact [email protected]for more information.


If you are an individual looking for a volunteer workday or short-term opportunity (including service hours for school) there is no need to fill out an application!  Check out our EcoEvents Calendar or contact [email protected] for more information.

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Friday, Jan 20th9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Oyster Shell Drilling for Vertical Oyster Gardens – Volunteers wanted! Come help us drill holes into oyster shells that will be used to make Vertical Oyster Gardens, also known as VOGs. These VOGs will be installed at a later time under docks and other structures to provide a surface for live oysters to attach themselves. Oysters feed by filtering and cleaning water, a key to a healthy estuary and our marine ecosystem. Program suitable for adults. Please bring a water bottle. All other materials will be provided. Reservations are required. To register please contact [email protected]Robinson Preserve – Valentine House

ONGOING/AS NEEDED: RIP SQUAD VOLUNTEER WORKDAY - Join this group that works directly with County natural areas land managers on various wildlife habitat improvement projects. Email announcements are sent out a few days in advance of each event that detail the purpose, goals, and meeting information for each upcoming event. Program suitable for volunteers ages 16 and olderTo receive email announcements about the RIP squad volunteer events, please email [email protected]Location and time TBA - chosen based on need.

Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

All individuals who are interested in an ongoing volunteer position, such as a visitor's center docent, education program assistant, or park ranger assistant, are welcome to apply to our volunteer program.  Please fill out the volunteer application below or sign up via Volgistics if you are interested in a long-term volunteer commitment.

Current volunteers should log-in to report their hours and sign up for shifts here:

Sign in to Volgistics

Volunteer Application Form