Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Conservancy. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida thanks our dedicated volunteers who have provided well over $1-million in service to the Conservancy during the past year alone.
Become a Volunteer
Become an important member of this team and share your time, talent, and abilities. Volunteers must be a minimum age of 16 and have outstanding people skills and a love for nature. A variety of fun volunteer opportunities are available. Interact with diverse people, learn new skills, and enhance and share your knowledge about the environmental issues facing Southwest Florida.
Conservancy Volunteer Positions
We are looking for some great volunteers to join our team! Full-time and seasonal residents welcome!
Teach visitors about the special flora and fauna that dominate in the unusual environment.
Deliver, place, and monitor collateral and promotional materials in various southwest Florida hotels, visitor centers, and other locations.
CONSERVANCY NATURE CENTER – GUEST SERVICES
Welcome visitors, collect admission fees, sell memberships, answer phones, and provide information to visitors.
GOOD FORTUNE II NATURALIST
Provide educational guided cruises aboard the Good Fortune II pontoon boat through Rookery Bay.
DALTON DISCOVERY CENTER - DOCENTS
Provide guided tours through the Dalton Discovery Center and assist with environmental education programs throughout the Nature Center. Training is provided.
Register visitors for boat rides, assist in docking boats, and answer general questions about the Conservancy and what’s happening on campus. Best candidates are friendly and outgoing, and able to maintain decorum during busy times on the dock.
Provide educational guided cruises on the Gordon River aboard an electric boat. Our boat captains perform the dual role of piloting the boat and narrating. Best candidates not only love boating but also care deeply about the Conservancy’s mission. Boating experience is preferred but not required (training provided).
Work with the facilities staff to provide support in cleaning the campus, repair of equipment, woodworking, and other general maintenance work.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS TEAM
Attend select community events to promote the work of the Conservancy, interact with attendees, distribute Conservancy publications, and promote the importance and benefits of Conservancy membership and volunteering.
Welcome members and visitors to the Conservancy Nature Center.
SMITH PRESERVE MAINTENANCE TEAM
Assist with the maintenance of the Smith Preserve by removing exotic plants and maintaining the natural habitat for the gopher tortoise preserve.
Deliver “Conservancy Story” presentations to civic, homeowners associations, and other community organizations, promoting the work of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the benefits and importance of Conservancy membership and volunteering.
VON ARX WILDLIFE HOSPITAL – ANIMAL CAREGIVERS
Assist with the care of injured animals, prepare food, clean enclosures, and laundry.
VON ARX WILDLIFE HOSPITAL – CRITTER COURIERS
Conservancy Critter Couriers pick up injured wildlife and deliver them to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital when the person who informed hospital staff about the animal is unable to do so.