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Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is a little bit different than most state parks. The main mission of this park is to acquire and preserve land and other natural areas, to restore native habitats to a more natural state by treating invasive exotic plants that are endangering our native species, to restore lands with prescribed burning, to preserve and study historical archeological sites, to work with volunteers and to help educate the public about the importance of preserving, restoring and maintaining the natural Florida.
Duties: Volunteers will conduct land management activities in the Park; learn to identify, cut and treat invasive exotic plants with prescribed herbicides; count and keep track of treated plants; and
record volunteer hours and field activities on time sheets.
Some weekend hours may be available for those interested.
Skills: Volunteers should be prepared to work outdoors in the heat and humidity using a bush axe, machete and/or loppers to cut small trees, and be able to traverse uneven terrain and dense growths of vegetation.
Benefits: Volunteers will help improve the quality of the environment for Florida's native plant and animal species. They will learn to identify native and exotic plants and how to properly use herbicides and other methods to control invasive exotic species. Volunteers who contribute 500 hours to the Florida Park Service are also eligible for a Special Volunteer Annual Pass which provides free admission to any Florida State Park for one year.
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park will provide the following:
Herbicide and plant identification training, gloves, water and soap for washing hands, bush axe, machete, and/or loppers, safety goggles, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Transportation between the worksites and the park office will be provided.
The volunteer will provide the following:
Transportation to the park office, water bottle, food/snacks, sturdy shoes/boots, long sleeve shirt, long pants that can get wet and/or dirty and any other personal items needed.
Please note: shorts, sandals and/or flip flops are not suitable for working conditions.How to Apply: Volunteer applications can be picked up at the park office at the address above. Potential volunteers may call Jacquelyn Crumbo with any questions at (941) 575-5861 ext. 114 Monday-Friday between 8am-5pm or email to Jacquelyn.Crumbo@dep.state.fl.us
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