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At Everglades Wonder Gardens, we love and appreciate all of our volunteers. Because of them, we accomplish as much as we do. And, thanks to them, we can look forward to a bright future as we carry out our improvement plans. And, of course, having a volunteer workforce helps us keep costs down for our visitors.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community while having fun and learning new things. And, you don’t need a green thumb. While knowing something about gardening helps, you can choose from many different areas to make your contribution.
Horticulture / Gardening— Volunteers weed, pot and relocate plants, dig, prune, rake, sweep, clear debris, etc. While some work can be physically hard, other work, like watering and weeding, requires little strength. In addition, volunteers must be able to work outdoors in the extreme heat and sun or, on cold winter days, in chilly air. Minimum shift: 2 hours. Clothing: Bring garden work gloves, and wear clothes that can get dirty but still look good and tennis shoes or closed-toe shoes.
Wildlife Care — Help distribute food and water to our wildlife, and help keep the wildlife enclosures and pools clean. Volunteers may have to lift and move things, and they may have to clean, sweep, and rake. While at work, volunteers may be in close contact with birds, turtles, tortoises, and other wildlife. In addition, volunteers must be able to work outdoors in the heat and sun or, on chilly days. Minimum shift: 2 hours. Clothing: Wear clothes that can get dirty but still look good and tennis shoes or closed-toe shoes.
Docents — These specially trained volunteers give tours to members and guests. They work with the public and let people know what we are all about. Docents learn about the many kinds of plants and animals in the Gardens, and they learn how to tell stories about the Gardens’ rich history. They also get to tell people all about Old Florida. For this role, you must be able to work outdoors in the extreme heat and sun or, on cold winter days, in chilly air. Clothing: a shirt with our logo (we provide this), khaki shorts/trousers, and tennis shoes or closed-toe shoes. (No short shorts, please.)
Marketing — Volunteers help write press releases, e-newsletters, blog posts, and social media announcements; and do photography and videography. They also create PowerPoint and other presentation materials and do graphic design work for brochures, fliers, rack cards, info-graphics, invitations, etc. While this is mostly indoor work that takes place in our office, sometimes things can be done from the volunteer’s home, office, or campus. Assignments can also include general office work like filing, organizing, making phone calls, doing mailings and computer work, etc. Finally, volunteers usually do specialized work (bookkeeping, mail merges, and database work) in our office but can work off site by special arrangement.
Operations or facilities — Volunteers help the Operations staff maintain and clean the Gardens to keep them safe for our guests. This work can involve lifting, moving, cleaning, sweeping, raking, etc. In addition, volunteers set up chairs, tents, and tables, etc., for events and parties. They build and fix things, and they empty trash. As you can see, we need people with many types of skills to do work that is mostly outdoors and requires good physical fitness. Minimum shift: 4 hours. Clothing: Wear clothes that can get dirty but still look good and tennis shoes or closed-toe shoes.
Special Events — Volunteers work on many different tasks. They help register guests, interact with the public, and tell people about the Gardens. They also handle admission fees, direct cars in our parking lot, and help people to their cars by carrying their plant purchases. Volunteers also help with children’s activities and monitor groups of school children during educational programs. They provide security for set areas, sell gift items or raffle tickets, man auction tables, etc. Clothing: Items you already have in your closet—a white shirt with collar, khaki trousers/shorts, and tennis shoes or closed-toe shoes. (No short shorts, please.)
Once you complete the volunteer application, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will reply to schedule an interview time. Thank you!