Get Involved

Volunteering

Volunteers play a vital role in research, education, public programs, private programs, and Visitor Center operations. 

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary offers a variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities that provide essential support for our daily operation and special events.

Volunteers play a vital role in our mission of preservation and restoration of our natural resources, conservation education and research.

Annually, more than 150 volunteers contribute more than 15,000 hours of their time and talents to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Completed volunteer applications (a link to the form appears below) can be sent to Volunteer & Membership Coordinator Steve Parker at sparker@audubon.org

If you are a student or professional looking to conduct research at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, please click here.

Basic Information

  • Most of our regularly scheduled volunteer positions require specific time commitments, based on the needs of each position.
  • Regularly scheduled adult volunteers must pass a background check.
  • No background check is required for those who only volunteer for one-day events and citizen science programs.
  • Prior experience is not required to be considered for a volunteer position. Interest and availability are much more important than experience, and volunteering is a great way to learn a new skill. Orientation and training will allow you to succeed!
  • Youth volunteers (17 or under) must be accompanied by an adult, or alternatively, may be able to participate in specific one-day event volunteer opportunities, which are supervised.
  • Corkscrew sometimes offers specific opportunities for college or high school students needing to complete service learning hours.
  • Corkscrew does not offer volunteer opportunities for people needing to fulfill court-ordered community service hours.

How to Get Started

Step 1: Download and Complete an Application

Step 2: Mail, email or deliver your completed form(s) to

Volunteer & Membership Coordinator Steve Parker
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road
Naples, FL 34120

Email: sparker@audubon.org

Step 3: Learn About Current Volunteer Opportunities

Education
Natural Resource Management
  • Resource Management Specialist    
  • Prescribed Fire Specialist 

 For inquires, contact Allyson Webb

Public and Private Programs
  • Boardwalk Naturalist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Boardwalk Tour Guide
  • Special Events, such as After Hours Program, World Wetlands Day
Citizen Science
Groundskeeping/Maintenance
  • Trail Trimming
  • General Maintenance
Visitor Center Support
  • Nature Store
  • Boardwalk Check at Closing

 

Step 4: Corkscrew Staff Will Be In Touch

If you have any questions about volunteering at Corkscrew, please contact Volunteer & Membership Coordinator Steve Parker at sparker@audubon.org or 239-348-1260.

Once your application has been received, we will contact you to schedule an interview and orientation. If the area in which you want to volunteer requires a background check, please submit the authorization form as well as the Volunteer Application. Training and volunteering can't begin until the background check has been completed. 

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