Have an RV? Like Volunteering? ...
Come join the crew at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex!
Volunteers are integrated into Refuge activities so that they may work both side-by-side with our staff, or independently. With your help, we will enhance the quality of wildlife habitat and public use opportunities at the four National Wildlife Refuges within the Complex. These are Crocodile Lake, National Key Deer, Great White Heron, and Key West Refuges. Our program offers challenges for everyone and volunteers from all walks of life are encouraged to apply!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
A commitment of time is required in exchange for a volunteer work camp site. A minimum stay of three months is mandatory, and longer stays are welcome. Additional incremental stay lengths are six months, nine months, and one year. Due to popular demand, all campers will be required to separate from the refuge at two intervals to allow for opportunities for new volunteers. The first is at the end of the initial work season (one year, maximum) and the second is after two consecutive work seasons. Volunteers may reapply for future work camp participation after the separation requirements are met.
Individual RV work camp volunteers are expected to provide a minimum of 24 hours of service per week and couples must provide a combined minimum of 48 hours per week. During your stay, you may occasionally be asked to volunteer additional hours and change your days off to match current projects (flexibility is an important asset).
Our RV camp sites are level and rustic. Each site has a back-in type RV space, tow vehicle parking, a deck, full electrical and water hook-ups, solar powered deck light, and limited sewer hook-up. A shared shower and laundry facility is adjacent to the camp area. Camp sites are located at the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key, Florida. The community of Big Pine offers a post office, grocery store, several banks, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies, laundry mat, churches of various denominations, hardware stores and auto parts stores. Public campgrounds are located within 10 miles of the refuge. The cities of Marathon and Key West are within 50 miles and offer a wider variety of conveniences.
Please complete all sections of the refuge RV camp application and the Volunteer Application for Natural Resources Agencies. When complete, mail these materials back to the Refuge.
We receive many applications each year and this information will help us match potential volunteers with available projects.
If we can match you with a current or ongoing volunteer opportunity, you will be mailed a welcome packet with detailed information about the refuge, your campsite assignment, and volunteer duties.
Thanks for your interest in our program and we look forward to receiving your completed materials soon!
Last modified: March 20, 2013