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Want to make a difference on your public lands and work in some of the most beautiful places in Florida? Look no further than volunteering with the National Forests in Florida. Our forests provide volunteers with wonderful opportunities to challenge themselves, give back to their communities, and reach their fullest potential – all while working in the great outdoors.

Through their work, volunteers gain access to a wide range of skills, projects, and connections. Some have even been able to get jobs with the agency after displaying their knowledge, skills and abilities as a volunteer.

With so many activities  in a climate that allows for outdoor recreation year-round, the National Forests in Florida are especially in need of volunteer recreation site hosts. Site hosts play an essential role in keeping our recreation sites safe, clean and accessible. Hosts maintain grounds and facilities, and provide visitors with information on recreation, rules and regulations. For many people, a site host may be their first and only impression of the Forest Service.

Due to the nature of their responsibilities, most site hosts must commit to volunteering for a minimum of three to six months. For the valuable service they provide, these volunteers receive a site for their RV (or travel trailer) with full hookups for the duration of their stay. Hosts may serve in either a day-use area or a campground.

Apalachicola National Forest

The Apalachicola National Forest is seeking hosts for multiple recreation areas and activities. Inquiries about hosting or volunteering should be directed to Tashunda Williams at tashunda.williams@usda.gov or by calling (850) 926-3561.

Osceola National Forest

Recruitment is always in full swing at the Osceola National Forest, with hosting opportunities available at Ocean Pond Campground, Olustee Beach Recreation Area and Hog Pen Landing. For more information on these opportunities, visit www.volunteer.gov or contact Travis Roberts at travis.roberts@usda.gov.

Ocala National Forest

Closer to Central Florida, the Ocala National Forest is recruiting for a number of recreation areas. For more details, contact Tonee Davis at antoinette.davis@usda.gov or call the Lake George Ranger District Office at (352) 625-2520.