Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Seeks Volunteers

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is seeking it’s most valuable natural resources, Volunteers! The Park offers a wonderful opportunity to:

  • Meet new people and use your talents and experience
  • Be in a natural environment
  • Work with visitors from all over the world
  • Assist in maintaining our award-winning Park

Volunteers are incorporated into the team of the Florida Park Service at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and essentially become contributing Park Rangers. Given suitable training, and applying each individual’s skills appropriately, volunteers can:

  • Drive tram
  • Greet visitors
  • Teach or participate in educational programs
  • Help with Plant and Animal Care
  • Perform maintenance of facilities, equipment and vehicles
  • Perform administrative tasks.

The park provides orientation, training and workers compensation coverage as well as volunteer recognition awards.

  • Download application CLICK HERE or you can pick up an Application at the Ranger Station at the park. If you are under 18 years old, please contact Mark Foley (see contact info below)
  • Fill out the application and take it back to the Ranger station at the park or email it or take it to a Volunteer Orientation. You can also mail it to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Volunteer Orientations will be held at the Garden Center, located in the park, at 11 am on:

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Volunteer Positions include:

Driving the trams around the Main Park Road is one of our newest and most exciting job opportunities for Park Volunteers. It is the perfect way to begin volunteering at the park, orient in the park and offer an invaluable amenity to the public. Tram Drivers take visitors to the beach, concessions, pavilions, and Terramar Visitor Center. A standard background check, valid driver’s license and training are required for this position.

The Park has Hosts and Greeters who welcome visitors and provide staff relief at the Ranger Station and/or Beach Gate entrances. Volunteers also present educational programs to the public, including school groups, on the plants and animals in the Park, intertwining a very rich history dating from prehistoric times to the present.

Maintenance volunteers are essential members of the park’s volunteer staff who aid in making certain that all maintenance needs are met on a daily basis. They may work on the park’s facilities, vehicles, trams, machinery or equipment, and more. The park is always in need of skilled construction and maintenance volunteers.

Volunteers assist in the care of the animals in the Park. There are plans for an expansion of this program, so there is a need for experienced and/or enthusiastic individuals to assist with this growing department. We also need arborists and assistants to oversee tree and plant health, trimming and removal and help with trail maintenance. Volunteers can also help keep the environment safe and beautiful by helping remove invasive and exotic plants, help with the maintenance of sensitive habitats and remove litter throughout the park.

Volunteers can assist in the Administration Office by answering phones, doing computer work, and performing other tasks to assist the Office personnel.

Volunteers of all stripes will find themselves being ambassadors for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and the Florida Park Service. They offer crucial information about the park’s operations, natural communities, and plant and animal species. They are professional, friendly, enthusiastic and love being part of something truly meaningful.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (students may receive community service hours if they commit to the park), attend a Volunteer Orientation and have a Great Attitude and Be Willing to Help! If you are interested in volunteering, please drop by the Ranger Station to pick up a volunteer application or download application CLICK HERE