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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.
 

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. View more information.
 

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. View more information

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. View more information.

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 Sandy Falcon at 386-789-7207 or sfalcon@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.

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. View more information.

Monofilament Recovery and Recycling
This 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. View more information.

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. View more information.

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 Sandy Falcon at 386-789-7207 or sfalcon@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. View more information. Contact Becki O'Keefe at 386-238-4716 or bokeefe@volusia.org.

Volunteer Volusia 
Volusia County has many opportunities to get involved. Join our network of professionals and volunteers in the protection, restoration and appreciation of Volusia County's natural resources. View more information.

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. View more information.


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. View more information.


Finance

Accounting, Revenue, Management and Budget, Information Technology, Central Services (Fleet/Facilities) and Purchasing. Volunteers may provide professional, technical, clerical and computer assistance depending upon their skills and the office needs. Contact Debbie Barnard at 386-943-7054 or dbarnard@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.

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. Visit www.marinesciencecenter.com/opportunities.htm for more information.

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. Visit www.marinesciencecenter.com/opportunities.htm for more information.


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. Contact Angie Walker at 386-736-5953, ext. 12461, or awalker@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.

Friends of DeBary Hall 
Composed of local residents, this group is the fundraising arm of DeBary Hall Historic Site.
For more information, visit www.debaryhall.com. Contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or klooper@volusia.org.

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

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. Contact Tim Baylie at 386-736-5953 or tbaylie@volusia.org.
 

Extension

Master Gardener Program
More than 120 volunteers provide research-based horticultural education from the University of Florida to adults and youths in Volusia County. View more informationContact Joe Sewards at 386-822-5778 or jsewards@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 http://www.volusiasheriff.org/services/community-programs.stml

The Citizen Volunteer Auxiliary Program
TThis program provides professional, technical, clerical and computer assistance throughout the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. For more information For more information contact ckeesecker@vcso.us or call (386) 736-5961, Ext. 16544.

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. View more information.
 



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. View more information.

Lake Watch Program 
Volunteers conduct monthly samples of area rivers, lakes and springs for the University of Florida Lake Watch Program. Contact UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County at 386-822-5778.

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 UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County at 386-822-5778.

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.