Make a Difference: Volunteer

At Archbold, world-class scientists, inquisitive students, passionate educators, and enthusiastic volunteers all come together to learn from nature.

Volunteers help our staff in the following areas:

Avian Ecology, Education program, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab, Hydrology Monitoring, Invertebrate Lab, Land Management, Library, Operations, Plant Ecology Lab, and Restoration Ecology Lab.At the MacArthur agro-ecology Research Center (Buck Island Ranch), volunteers have assisted with a variety of agro-ecology research projects.

Volunteer activities range from data input on computer, measurement and data recording in the field, removal of non-native plant species from the Station property, water level measurements and working with Station collections. However, the majority of Archbold’s volunteers have devoted their time to several of the Station’s education programs. These volunteers are an indispensable part of two of Archbold’s education programs:

  1. Ecology Summer Day Camp, where adult and teen volunteers assist campers with crafts, research-oriented activities, and ecology-oriented games, and
  2. Getting to Know the Real Florida, the elementary environmental education program, where adult volunteers help lead and assist visiting 3rd-5th grade classes from Highlands County, and surrounding county schools, on a variety of activities - scrub hunt, animal tracking, weather station, and scientist’s lab.

As a way of showing our gratitude, Archbold annually treats volunteers to a Volunteer Appreciation Day event that includes a eco-tour at Buck Island Ranch and a cookout.

Considering joining our wonderful corps of volunteers!