Get Involved


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, over 140 volunteers contribute more than 15,000 hours of their time and talents to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Please contact Erik Houston, Volunteer & Membership Coordinator, at

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, when scheduled these will be posted in our One Day Volunteer Opportunity section.
  • 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 or deliver your completed form(s) to

Erik Houston, Volunteer & Membership Coordinator
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road
Naples, FL 34120


Step 3: Learn About Current Volunteer Opportunities

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
  • Trail Trimming
  • General Maintenance
Visitor Center Support
  • Nature Store
  • Boardwalk Check at Closing


Step 4: Corkscrew Staff Will Be In Touch

Please contact Erik Houston, Volunteer & Membership Coordinator, at if you need a copy of the applications mailed to you, or if you have any questions.

Once your application has been received, we will call you to schedule an interview and orientation. Training and volunteering can't begin until after the background check (if required) has been completed.


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