Hobe Sound Nature Center
772-546-2067
Nature Center Open Monday - Saturday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Refuge Trail Open 7 days, Sunrise to Sunset

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers of all ages are the lifeblood of our organization. The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a non-profit organization and would be unable to continue the daily operations of the center without the help of our volunteers.

We are pleased to have you volunteer with us! Check out our requirements below and if you have questions please email our volunteer coordinator at SaraTravisHSNC@gmail.com or call (772) 546-2067. Applications can be downloaded from this page.

VolunTEEn Program

Ages 13-17 years old

Interviews after application is reviewed. Require at least a 6 month commitment

  • 6 hours/month during the school year
  • 12 hours/month during summer months

Volunteer T-shirts can be obtained for $5 donation. Name tags given after 2 months of volunteering

Volunteer positions available:

  • Animal Care
  • Greeter
  • Docent
  • Turtle Walk Scout (ages 15 & up)
  • Summer Camp Counselor
  • Can be trained in all positions if desired

Volunteer Program

Ages 18 years and up

Interviews after application is reviewed. Require at least a 3 month commitment

  • 12 hours/month

Volunteer T-shirts can be obtained for $5 donation. Name tags given after 2 months of volunteering

Volunteer positions available:

  • Animal Care
  • Greeter
  • Docent
  • Turtle Walk Scout
  • Summer Camp Counselor
  • Wildlife Refuge Volunteer
  • Can be trained in all positions if desired

Volunteer Positions

Animal Care

Perform routine and specialized duties associated with live teaching animals, including feeding, cleaning, handling and maintaining displays. Must be willing to follow animal care guidelines, be cheerful and comfortable with speaking in front of guests.

Greeter

Welcome all guests to the exhibit hall and answer any questions about the Nature Center, Wildlife Refuge and resident animals. If willing, can handle live animals for guests. May be asked to perform Docent duties. Must be enthusiastic, cheerful and comfortable speaking in front of guests.

Docent

Assist staff with on-site programs and special events, handle live animals and conduct guided tours of exhibit hall and nature trail. Perform light office work and trail maintenance if able. Must be enthusiastic, cheerful and comfortable speaking in front of guests.

Turtle Scout

(ages 15 and up) – Assist staff with guided sea turtle hikes to observe nesting female turtles. Must be available Thursday and/or Friday nights during the summer months from 8:30 pm to midnight and able to walk on the beach in the sand for at least 1 mile.

Gift Shop

(ages 18 and up) – Assist staff with inventory, displays and sales in the Owl’s Roost gift shop. Must be enthusiastic, cheerful and able to count and handle money.

Summer Camp Counselor

Assist staff with animal encounters, guided trail hikes, crafts, games, and wading in the lagoon with nature campers. Must be able to commit to two weeks during mid-June through mid-July Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge

(ages 18 and up) – Trail maintenance, landscaping and invasive plant removal. Must be able to work outside in Florida temperatures. For this opportunity, please email the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge at hobesound@fws.gov.