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Over 300 Rookery Bay Volunteers play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary in the donation of over 18,000 hours a year. Rookery Bay could not accomplish all the research and resource management projects without the help of the many dedicated volunteers who assist us. Our program is very active and we are seeking qualified individuals to assist the Reserve staff with specific projects.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

Have a group? We can accept groups of up to 25 individuals. Please call 239-530-5974 for scheduling.

The following individual volunteer opportunities will become available beginning May 1, 2014. Thank you for your interest and for holding your application inquiries until that date.

Welcome Desk

welcome-desk-volunteers-sLooking for full-time resident volunteers for a weekly, 4 hour commitment on a specific day each week (Monday, Wednesday or Friday). The volunteer shift is either a.m. or p.m. as follows: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

*Learning is an ongoing process and all volunteers are required to attend annual training.*

Some tasks include:

Provide guests with a high level of customer service and making them feel welcome, enhancing their visit to the Learning Center and Rookery Bay Reserve

Processing admissions, memberships, and gift store sales through a point of sale system

Answering queries both in person and on the telephone about the facility and area 

Facilities Assistant Volunteer

belangermartyA weekly commitment of 4 hours; any weekday from  8 am to 12 pm or 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Some tasks include:

  • Handyman - interior and exterior
  • Maintenance of vehicles, boats and buildings
  • Gardening skills are helpful, but not necessary



Volunteer as a GreeterA weekly commitment of 4 hours on a specific day; from 11 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday (Saturday during season).

Description of Duties: Volunteer greets visitors as they enter our Learning Center.

  • *Learning is an ongoing process and all volunteers are required to attend annual training.*

Tasks include:

  • Letting the visitor know what programs are going on that day or week
  • Orienting guests to the Learning Center and Rookery Bay Reserve
  • Interpreting the map of Rookery Bay Reserve for guests



Volunteer as Rookery Bay Reserve's InterpreterInterested volunteers needed as interpretive guides in our Environmental Learning Center.

We are open Monday through Friday and Saturdays during season only (November-April) from 9 am - 4 pm.


Description of position:

  • Commit to 4 hours a week; either one 4 hour day or two 2 hour days.
  • Must be interested in nature
  • A friendly personality to assist and interpret for visiting guests
  • Will be trained as a greeter to welcome guests to the facility
  • Will be trained on the interpretation of our Learning Center Exhibits including: mangroves, oysters, fish, manatees, turtles, Calusa, estuaries, invertebrates, map interpretation, etc.

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