Noun: Person who performs a service willingly and without pay.
Verb: To offer oneself for some service or undertaking.
To the Conservancy: Priceless.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida thanks our dedicated volunteers who have provided close to $1 million in service to the Conservancy during the past year alone. Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Conservancy.

Become an important member of this team and share your time, talent and abilities. Volunteers must be a minimum age of 16 and have outstanding people skills and a love for nature. A variety of fun volunteer opportunities are available. Interact with a variety of people, learn new skills, and enhance and share your knowledge about the environmental issues facing Southwest Florida.

Apply Online

If you are interested in joining the team, call 239.403.4212 for more information or email Kelly Rhoades at kellyr@conservancy.org.

Conservancy Volunteer Positions

We are looking for some great volunteers to join our team!  Full-time residents welcome!

Concierge Corps

Deliver, place and monitor collateral and promotional materials in various southwest Florida hotels, visitor centers and other locations.

Conservancy Nature Center – Guest Services

Welcome visitors, collect admission fees, sell memberships, answer phones and provide information to visitors.

Critter Couriers for the von Arx Wildlife Hospital

Assist with rescue of injured animals and transport them to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for treatment. Training provided.

Cruise Corps

Provide educational guided cruises aboard the Good Fortune II pontoon boat through Rookery Bay and aboard the Sweet Liberty to Keewaydin Island.

Dalton Discovery Center - Docents

Provide guided tours through the Dalton Discovery Center and assist with environmental educations programs throughout the Nature Center. Training is provided.

Dock Masters

Register members, guests and students for boat rides, assist in docking boats and answer guest inquiries. Boating knowledge is preferred.

Eco-Cruise Tour Guides

Provide educational guided cruises on the Gordon River aboard an electric boat. Boating experience and boat handling is preferred, but not required.

Environmental Policy Corps

Monitor public hearings and follow legislation issues. Write letters and make calls to support issues as directed by policy department.

Fairs and Festivals Team

Attend select community events to promote the work of the Conservancy, interact with attendees, distribute Conservancy publications and promote the importance and benefits of Conservancy membership and volunteering.


Welcome members and visitors to the Conservancy Nature Center.

Horticulture Team

Assist with horticultural maintenance and with site surveys in the Conservancy Nature Center and at other select locations.

Nature Store and Upscale Resale Furniture & More Store Sales Associates

Assist with retail sales, pricing, inventory, tagging items, store displays, customer service, answering phones and filing.

Outreach Team

Deliver “Conservancy Story” presentations to civic, home owners associations and other community organizations, promoting the work of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the benefits and importance of Conservancy membership and volunteering.

Special Events

Assist with set-up, greeting, parking and pre and post production as needed.

Trail Guides

Interpret natural wonders along Clam Pass, Brigg’s Boardwalk and Tigertail Beach. Comprehensive training provided. Basic knowledge of Southwest Florida ecosystems helpful.

von Arx Wildlife Hospital – Animal Caregivers

Assist with the care of injured animals, prepare food, clean enclosures, laundry, data entry of admissions and answer phone inquiries.

von Arx Wildlife Hospital – Critter Crew

Deliver wildlife care and rehabilitation information programs to members and guests.