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Mobile Volunteer Patrol (Bike Patrol) at Everglades National Park

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ORGANIZATION: Everglades National Park

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Shark Valley Observation Tower

The 15-mile scenic Tram Trail at Shark Valley is a popular destination for visitors to bicycle, walk, or enjoy guided tram rides through the northern reaches of Everglades National Park. We are recruiting volunteers to bike the Trail in order to enhance the safety of visitors and protect the park’s natural resources. This group of volunteers will patrol the trail on bicycles, helping to maintain a safe environment for all Shark Valley visitors.

These positions will require volunteers who are able to perform strenuous physical activity under conditions typical of South Florida, including heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. All volunteers must be able to bicycle a minimum of 20 miles per patrol. Volunteers must satisfy the physical requirements to be considered for one of these positions (see below).

All volunteers must attend a mandatory, half-day orientation and training session . Volunteers will start patrolling the area as soon as possible. Specific days are flexible based on the availability of volunteers. Volunteers must commit to two 4-hour patrols per month and a minimum of one year of service.

The volunteer will support the Shark Valley District at Everglades National Park, performing tasks that may include the following:

  • Complete a mandatory day of training with park staff and other volunteers
  • Patrol the 15-mile Tram Trail at Shark Valley on a bi-monthly basis
  • Monitor the safety of park visitors
  • Respond to incidents and provide care within the limits of training
  • Record any park offenses and report them to supervisor
  • Answer visitors' basic questions about the area
Volunteers must meet all of the following qualifications:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Be willing and able to commute to Shark Valley
  • Have their own bicycle and helmet
  • Be able to attend a mandatory orientation and training session (date TBD)

Volunteers must meet all of the following physical requirements for their personal safety:

  • Be able to bicycle up to 20 miles
  • Be comfortable working in hot conditions
  • Be aware of their physical limitations

Benefits to Volunteers:

  • Work directly with National Park Service Rangers
  • Meet and work alonside other bicycle patrol volunteers
  • Opportunity to learn more about Everglades National Park and park divisions
  • Training and certifications: First Aid/CPR, Introduction to Interpretation, park rules and regulations, radio operations, safety protocols
  • Bicycle patrol jersey, provided by Everglades National Park
  • Opportunities to gain volunteer recognition items, based on cumulative service

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About Everglades National Park


Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, 40001 State Highway 9336, Homestead, FL 33034, US

Mission Statement

America's Everglades - The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. An international treasure as well - a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty.


E xperience Everglades National Park right in Miami's backyard. Everglades' wet sawgrass prairies, dry tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands, mangrove swamps and Florida Bay and Gulf Coast estuaries provide habitat for a wildlife spectacle like no other.

The one and only Everglades has many adventures to offer. Take a short walk on the Anhinga Trail to spot abundant wildlife -- turtles, herons and alligators! Climb atop Shark Valley's 65-foot observation tower for a bird's eye view of the glades. Glide over Florida Bay by tour boat or kayak for a chance to glimpse a crocodile, manatee, or dolphin. Watch as the sun sets over Flamingo, the southernmost point in mainland Florida. Explore the pinelands by bike, paddle amongst the mangroves on Nine-Mile Pond, or tour the historic Nike Hercules missile base. Join a ranger on a slough slog deep into the heart of a cypress dome. Find solitude on your own on a week-long canoe trip, camping along the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway. a safe and enjoyable visit to the Everglades. With countless opportunities for discovery the following quick links will help you plan an adventure that's just right for you!


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36000 SW 8th St.Miami, FL 33194



  • Outdoor Recreation
  • People Skills
  • Bicycling




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two 4-hour days per month; specific dates flexible

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