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Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, make friends, learn skills, and enjoy Florida’s beautiful natural areas.

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To meet various water management needs, the District has protected more than 436,000 acres of land in southwest Florida. These lands are important for protecting public water resources, preserving Florida’s natural communities, protecting habitat for endangered plants and wildlife and providing healthy outdoor recreation. It is the responsibility of the District’s Land Resources Department to preserve ecosystems and habitats on District-owned lands and provide public recreational opportunities that are compatible with District goals.

The Volunteer Program was designed to help the District accomplish its goals and to give volunteers an opportunity to participate in and learn about the management of conservation lands within the District. The Volunteer Program depends upon the combined efforts of many individuals for its successful operation.

Projects are typically done in wilderness-type areas. The District provides all tools, safety equipment and other items needed to work in the outdoors. Safe practices and tool handling training is offered regularly. Volunteers may work on short-term projects or longer, several-day projects.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering with the District’s Land Resources Department is a great way to give back to your local community, make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy Florida’s beautiful natural areas.

Over the years, volunteers have contributed thousands of hours toward projects such as constructing and maintaining trails, establishing campsites, building picnic areas, cleaning up trash and debris, and many other important land improvement projects. So, whether you would like to volunteer to work on an individual project or group project or become part of a citizen support organization, the District has opportunities to fit the needs and abilities of everyone.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers receive the personal satisfaction of helping out and seeing a job well done. In addition, the District provides volunteers with:

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Liability protection
  • Recognition and awards

What It Takes to Become a Volunteer

If you are in good health, have a desire to help, and are flexible and adaptable to a variety of working conditions, then you can become a volunteer. Whether you are a skilled tradesman or just handy with the hedge clippers, there is a project for you. To volunteer, contact us by telephone or email (see info above at right), or complete the Volunteer Application form and mail to:

Land Use & Protection Section (LND)
2379 Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34604-6899

Get involved!

Information and application forms are available by contacting the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Land Resources Department.

Telephone:
1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470

E-mail: Recreation@
WaterMatters.org

Volunteer Application

Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida

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