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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park7525 W. Scenic Hwy. 30-ASanta Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is seeking outgoing and hardworking volunteers who are passionate about the environment and helping be a part of the change they wish to see in the world. Naturalist Aide volunteers work alongside Park Staff in areas such as but not limited to exotic and invasive plant removal, imperiled species monitoring, trail maintenance, water quality tracking, environmental education, public outreach as well as assisting the park with its daily operations throughout the campground and preserve.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is nestled in the Florida Panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico. It has 1643 acres and is home to rare coastal dune lakes, over 10 miles of hiking and biking trails amongst a Long Leaf Pine ecosystem as well as many protected flora and fauna.

Naturalist Aide Volunteers are scheduled on a "as needed" basis depending on season and park needs. Volunteering as a Naturalist Aide does not count towards a resident host volunteer's site commitment with the park.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age and be a US born or naturalized citizen and pass a background check
  • Must have a US Govt issued Driver’s License
  • Must be able to pass a written and practical driving test for golf carts and UTVs
  • Must have an interest in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science or related field
  • Must believe in the mission and share the values of the Florida Park Service and have a passion for the environment
  • Able to work as part of a team and show leadership qualities
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Good physical condition able to walk on uneven terrain and through dense vegetation unassisted, lift 50 lbs
  • Able to read a map
  • Computer skills including Office Suite and familiarity with web based tools.
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication
  • Professional demeanor, positive and friendly personality
  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups
  • Familiarity with Florida native plants and animals (helpful but not required)

How to apply:

  1. Go to https://volunteers.floridastateparks.org/pages/app:INDIV and fill out the application for an individual volunteer
  2. Email Chris Whittle at christopher.whittle@dep.state.fl.us to notify him of your interest in applying for the Naturalist Aide volunteer position.


  • History
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Environmental Science

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Scheduled as needed

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