Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) Program Assistant


Cause Areas


Fri Sep 09, 2016 09:00 AM - Sat Mar 18, 2017 01:00 PM


40001 State Highway 933636000 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33194Homestead, FL 33034

Royal Palm Center of Everglades National Park


"Every Kid in a Park" (EKIP) is an environmental education program that connects fourth-grade students to Everglades National Park. Thanks to our volunteers, we can welcome over 70 fourth-grade classes to the park!

Volunteers will be stationed at one of five "field lab" tables on topics including alligators, birds, hydrology system, invasive species, and periphyton/sawgrass.

The EKIP Program will run four days a week, Monday-Thursday, from mid-October to mid-March. Each program day will last approximately 4 hours, plus travel. Locations for this program include Royal Palm (40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034) and Shark Valley (36000 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33194).

All volunteers must attend a mandatory training session on either September 9th or October 7th. The training sessions will be held from 9:30-4:30 at ZooMiami.

General duties may include the following:

  • Assist with the setup and cleanup of lab stations
  • Staff a field lab station on one of the following topics: alligators, birds, hydrology system, invasive species, and periphyton/sawgrass
  • Present to student groups (~10 children plus a chaperone), as they rotate through field stations
  • Volunteers may give their short presentation up to 10 times per day


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Willing and able to commute to your assigned location
  • Interested in learning about the Everglades and relevant topics
  • Excited to share their knowledge with fourth-grade students
  • Able to attend one of the training dates: September 9th and October 7th

Benefits to Volunteers

  • Volunteers will receive an official uniform (polo shirt, hat and name tag)
  • Meet and work alongside National Park Service Rangers and other program volunteers
  • Opportunity to learn more about Everglades National Park and park divisions
  • Training: NPS background, site tour, site history, curriculum to be covered
  • Opportunities to gain volunteer recognition items, based on cumulative service

To learn more, visit http://go.nps.gov/everykid


  • People Skills
  • General Education
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 day/week, mid-October through mid-March

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