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Volunteer opportunities

Thousands of residents are making positive changes in our community by lending their time and talents through Volusia County’s volunteer programs. Volunteers rescue stranded sea turtles, clean river banks, help prevent crime, assist library staff, serve on advisory boards, and more. Read on to see how you can become a Volusia County volunteer.
 

Advisory Boards

Volusia County Government has 30 advisory boards composed of citizen volunteers who are appointed by the Volusia County Council. These boards serve an essential role in the policy-making process by providing the county council with in-depth assessments of issues related to their area of expertise. Qualified citizens are encouraged to apply to become a board member by completing an application available in the county manager's office or online by clicking here.
 

Daytona Beach International Airport

Airport Ambassadors
Friendly volunteers greet passengers, answer general questions, give out flight information, offer hotel and taxi information, and point out area sights.
Contact: Pat O’Brien, 386-248-8030, ext. 18318, or pobrien@volusia.org
 

Environmental Management

Adopt-a-Beach

More than 150 volunteers, including families and organizations, commit to cleaning trash along their favorite mile of beach. A clean beach is pleasant for us and safer for wildlife! With support and supplies, groups clean their mile at least four times a year.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Stacey Bell, 386-238-4716 or sbell@volusia.org

Adopt-an-Estuary
This volunteer group focuses on the health of Volusia County’s estuaries by documenting estuary plants, animals and environmental conditions. Volunteers also photograph, measure and record changes in estuaries. Participants should be at least 16 and willing to commit to monitoring once every three months.
For more information, visit www.volusiaestuaries.org
Contact: Georgia Zern, 386-736-5927, ext. 12839, or gzern@volusia.org

Counter Invasive Agents (CIA) 
This group of volunteers removes exotic invasive plants from public areas. Volunteers receive information on invasive plants. The core group of 12 to 15 volunteers includes master gardeners, master naturalists and Native Plant Society members. Hundreds of other volunteers have come out for various events.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/environmental/environet/volunteer/default.htm
Contact: Georgia Zern, 386-736-5927, ext. 12839, or gzern@volusia.org

Gopher Trackers
The gopher tortoise needs your help. Gopher Trackers document sightings of gopher tortoises and their burrows to help county staff identify and protect gopher tortoises.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Danielle Dangleman, 386-736-5927, ext. 12734, or  ddangleman@volusia.org

Jay Watch Volunteers
Volunteers monitor federally threatened scrub jays in Lyonia Preserve from June 15 through July 15. This Nature Conservancy Program trains volunteers to go to set points, call in scrub jays, and record information about them.
Contact: Bonnie Cary, 386-736-5276 or bcary@volusia.org

Manatee Watch
Nearly 150 volunteers report manatee sightings around the county and take photos for identification, sketch scar patterns, and record behavior. The information gathered provides vital manatee data that helps protection efforts.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Georgia Zern, 386-736-5927, ext. 2839, or gzern@co.volusia.fl.us

Monofilament Recovery and RecyclingThis group, which has 60 volunteers, empties monofilament bins once a month. They clean the line; remove hooks, bobbers and sinkers; recycle the line; and record data. Monofilament fishing line poses numerous threats to the environment, wildlife and humans.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Georgia Zern, 386-736-5927, ext. 12839, or gzern@volusia.org

River, beach and spring clean-ups
More than 1,000 volunteers turn out each year to remove trash from the beach, DeLeon Springs, and the banks of the Halifax/Indian and St. Johns rivers.
For more information, click here.
Contacts: Tom Carey, 386-736-5927, ext.1 2073, or tcarey@volusia.org

Scouting groups
Eagle Scout candidates and scouting groups often volunteer to work on projects on Volusia County conservation lands.  Projects have included bench and picnic table construction, re-vegetation of wetland ponds, and cutting and marking of trails.
Contact: Bonnie Cary, 386-736-5276 or bcary@volusia.org

Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation Plan
These volunteers assist Environmental Management staff during the six months of sea turtle nesting season. Volunteers participate with sea turtle nesting surveys and other wildlife monitoring and gain experience with four-wheel drive vehicles, sub-meter GPS units, data documentation and other program support efforts.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Stacey Bell, 386-238-4716 or sbell@volusia.org

Washback Watchers
This team of more than 50 permitted volunteers is trained to find and rescue young sea turtles that wash ashore due to heavy winds and surf. Volunteers look for the sea turtles in seaweed deposits that have been washed onto shore. The program is a partnership among Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division, the Marine Science Center, Beach Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Volusia Turtle Patrol, Volusia Sea Turtle Society, and Ecological Associates.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Jennifer Winters, 386-238-4668 or jwinters@volusia.org
 

Fire Services

Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteer firefighters respond to emergencies and help extinguish fires, clean and care for equipment, complete and maintain reports, and assist with community presentations. They may be tasked to drive fire apparatus, operate pumps, assist with EMS/rescue, and provide support services. Fire Police volunteers manage public access to emergency scenes and ensure the safety and security of personnel. Other special teams include communications, technical rescue, hazardous materials and rehab.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Jim Mauney, 386-736-5940, ext. 15635, or jmauney@volusia.org

Fire Services Auxiliary
Auxiliary volunteers make public presentations on fire prevention, fire safety, careers in firefighting, health and safety.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Jim Mauney, 386-736-5940, ext. 15635, or jmauney@volusia.org

Friends of Fire Services 
Thirty volunteers serve on specific committees and boards or are assigned to specific projects.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Jim Mauney, 386-736-5940, ext. 15635, or jmauney@volusia.org

 

Library Services

Library Volunteers and
Friends of the Library

Nearly 800 volunteers assist library staff at public service desks, check materials in and out, shelve returned materials, help to process new materials, assist with children's programs, and make telephone calls to patrons with overdue materials or reserved items ready for pickup. Friends groups are active at 13 branches throughout Volusia County.
For more information, visit www.volusialibrary.org/volunteer
Contact: Lucinda Colee, 386-248-1745, ext. 1212, or llcolee@volusia.org
 

Marine Science Center

Friends of the Marine Science Center
This seven-member board of directors secures support for MSC programs through memberships, volunteer service, donations and special events. The board has secured funds for construction of new exhibits, assisted with purchasing new equipment, and coordinated special events for the MSC.
For more information, visit www.marinesciencecenter.com/opportunities.htm.
Contact: Michael Brothers, 386-304-5543 or mbrothers@volusia.org  

Marine Science Center Volunteer Corps 
Fifty trained volunteers work in the sea turtle and bird rehabilitation hospitals, assist with educational programs and summer camps, and work with the center’s aquariums and life support systems.
For more information, visit www.marinesciencecenter.com/opportunities.htm.
Contact: Michael Brothers, 386-304-5543 or mbrothers@volusia.org

Seabreeze High School Heritage Society
Students assist visitors at the Touch Pool.
Contact: Michael Brothers, 386-304-5543 or mbrothers@volusia.org
 

Parks, Recreation and Culture

Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a Trail programs
Volunteers help to beautify the county’s parks and trails and keep them litter-free. Community organizations, businesses, school groups and individuals over 18 may volunteer to adopt a park or trail in their community.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/parks.
Contact: Nancy Maddox, 386-736-5953, ext. 12463, or nmaddox@volusia.org

Botanical Gardens of Volusia
This volunteer group leases and maintains the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens historic site in Port Orange and has created a beautifully landscaped garden. The park hosts many weddings and special events. More than 100 volunteers are dedicated to preserving the park’s historic nature, while enhancing its beauty with lush plants and landscaped areas.
For more information, visit www.dunlawtonsugarmill.bizland.com.
Contact: Bob Gilpatrick, 386-334-7864

DeBary Hall Inc.
Composed of local residents, this group is the fundraising arm of DeBary Hall Historic Site.
For more information, visit www.debaryhall.com.
Contact: Amber Patterson, 386-668-3840 or apatterson@volusia.org

DeBary Hall Docents 
Volunteers serve as tour guides at DeBary Hall Historic Site.
For more information, visit www.debaryhall.com.
Contact: Amber Patterson, 386-668-3840 or apatterson@volusia.org

Lyonia Environmental Center
Volunteers assist with educational programs and field trips, lead guided hikes through Lyonia Preserve, staff special events, help to create educational materials, and participate in outreach programs.
For more information, visit www.lyoniapreserve.com.
Contact: Melissa Hughes, mhughes@volusia.org or 386-789-7207, ext. 21027 

Volunteer in the Park Program
This programs is looking for residents who have a wide variety of backgrounds, skills and experiences, enjoy working with people, and want to make a commitment to the community. Duties include picking up trash; cleaning trails, sidewalks and pavilions; raking mulch; and removing invasive plant species.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/parks.
Contact: Nancy Maddox, 386-736-5953, ext. 12463, or nmaddox@volusia.org


Sheriff’s Office

Citizen Observer Program (COP)
More than 200 volunteers assist deputies in combating crime by patrolling neighborhoods and acting as extra eyes and ears for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/sheriff/volunteer.htm
Contact: Tim Lamprey, 386-736-5961, ext. 16542, or tlamprey@vcso.us

The Citizen Volunteer Auxiliary Program
This program provides professional, technical, clerical and computer assistance throughout the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/sheriff/volunteer.htm
Contact: Carol Keesecker, 386-736-5961, ext. 16544, or ckeesecker@vcso.us

The Citizen Volunteer Chaplain Program
This program is composed of clergy from religious groups who assist the Victim Advocate Program, the general public, and Sheriff's Office employees.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/sheriff/volunteer.htm.
Contact: Senior Chaplain Michael Carroll, 386-736-5961, ext. 16543


Solid Waste Division

Adopt-a-Road
Groups volunteer to clean at least one mile or the entire length of a road’s right of way four times a year. The county has nearly 100 active groups.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Regina Montgomery, 386-943-7889 or rmontgomery@volusia.org
 

University of Florida/Volusia County Extension

Home Community Educators
The mission of this volunteer group is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through education, leadership and action. Members learn about a variety of subjects concerning individual and family life, then share that information with others.
For more information, click here.  
Contact: Kathy Bryant, 386-822-5778, ext. 5412, or kbryant@volusia.org

Lake Watch Program 
Volunteers conduct monthly samples of area rivers, lakes and springs for the University of Florida Lake Watch Program.
Contact: David Griffis, 386-822-5778, ext. 15421, or dgriffis@volusia.org

Master Gardener Program
More than 120 volunteers provide research-based horticultural education from the University of Florida to adults and youths in Volusia County.
For more information, visit http://volusia.org/master-gardener
Contact: Joe Sewards, 386-822-5778or jsewards@volusia.org

Program advisory committees
These committees provide extension agents with research needs of the community. Extension programs are based on advisory committee support and assessment. Fifty-two residents serve on these committees.
Contact: David Griffis, 386-822-5778, ext. 15421, or dgriffis@volusia.org

4-H clubs
More than 100 volunteers lead or assist with clubs, judge events, teach workshops, assist with educational programs, teach leadership skills, and work with students in after-school programs.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/4-h
Contact: Laura Cash, 386-822-5778 or lcash@volusia.org