If you are interested in volunteering to work at the preserves please send us an email or call Sandra Chafin at 850-229-1787.

Volunteer Host Position:
Position Title:  Volunteer Host
DescriptionSt Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve is a 5,026 acre Preserve in the Florida panhandle.  Volunteers utilize their skills to aid in running the Preserve. Volunteers will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week (per site) and reside on Preserve property for a specified amount of time.

Benefits to volunteer

  • Free gravel campsite pad for an RV up to 60ft
  • Free 120volt, 30amp and 50amp electric hookup
  • Free water hookup
  • Free sewage hookup
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Make your own work schedule
  • Beautiful Bay view!

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • General household maintenance skills such as basics of carpentry, plumbing and electric.
  • Ability to operate small motorized equipment. Example: UTV’s, lawn mowers and handheld blowers.
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools.
  • Ability to greet and provide visitors and researchers with maps and information about the Preserve and surrounding area with a smile!
  • Ability to have a positive attitude and work well with others.
  • Ability to monitor activities in the Preserve and notifying Preserve staff when action is required.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to help with programs and tours within the Preserve.
  • Desire to learn about the surrounding area and speak with visitors about its history.
  • Ability to secure facilities after 4:00pm weekdays.

Hazards and/or Caution

  • Safety is a top priority! The use of safety equipment is required for all jobs.
  • Physical exertion and exposure to Florida weather and biting insects; precautions should be taken.

Supervisor:  Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve Manager

If interested in becoming a volunteer host, please call me at 850–670-7728 or email me at Dylan.Shoemaker@dep.state.fl.us

Revised: March 16, 2020

A Citizen Support Organization established to protect and preserve one of the most ecologically significant areas in the Southeastern United States