Join Our Volunteer Team

VOLUNTEER RECUITMENT DAY:
May 17, 2014 at 11am


We need volunteers for gardening help, Animal Care, maintenance and repair as well as guides for the Historic Wray Home Museum, the Botanical Gardens, and the animal exhibits. We also need volunteers in our gift shop and food service areas as well as on special event days.

Please call (954) 473-2955 x134 or email volunteers@flamingogardens.org for more information.


VOLUNTEER

New and exciting things are always happening at Flamingo Gardens, but we can't do it alone. Flamingo Gardens is a not-for-profit organization, and we depend on volunteers to help us sustain and maintain the gardens and wildlife sanctuary. We hope you will become a part of our team!

Please review the detailed information below, then call 954-473-2955 x134 for an appointment to come in and register.
For more information email volunteers@flamingogardens.org

When you call, be sure to lets us know why you wish to volunteer and mention your areas of interest, talents and special skills.

ELIGIBILITY
Flamingo Gardens welcomes volunteers of all ages 12 and above:
  • Adults 18+ wishing to contribute spare time to a worthy cause.
  • High School Students 16-18 completing their community service hours (with consent form signed by a parent)
  • Families wishing to be actively involved volunteering with their children ages 12-15. (Ages 12-15 may volunteer only when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)
  • Sorry, children under 12 may not volunteer.
  • Court ordered volunteers must call in advance to confirm eligibility. Parental Consent forms for court ordered volunteers under age 18 must be signed by a guardian in person at time of interview.

HOURS
In most areas, volunteers must set a regular weekly schedule from:
  • 9:30 am - 1 pm
  • 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 1 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Wildlife Care requires a different schedule. 
  • Initial Interviews are held Wednesday through Saturday at 10:00am by appointment only.
  • If you can’t come every week, consider volunteering for Special Events, which are held on weekends and on holidays throughout the year.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • History Become a Wray Home Tour Guide or help with historic research, archive photos and documents, and inventory the collection.
  • Hospitality and Information Become an ambassador of the Gardens. Staff the membership and information table at events. Visit Volunteer Fairs, Earth Day celebrations and other outside events to give information and to distribute flyers to local businesses.

  • Horticulture is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about gardening in the tropics. Specialty Gardening, on weekdays only, is a good way to get your hands dirty whether you love crotons, roses, butterfly or hummingbird gardening, amaryllis, iris, heliconia, the Fragrance Garden or the Tropical Plant House.
  • Maintenance & Woodworking Do you enjoy working with your hands? Volunteers help build, refinish, paint and repair. Use your skills in carpentry, painting, plumbing, or electrical work to keep the Gardens in shape.
  • Office & Computers Help with filing, phones, faxes, mailings and data entry. Contribute your expertise in graphics or web site maintenance.
  • Retail Gift Shop sales, merchandising, dusting, straightening and re-folding T-shirts. The book collection and inventory are ever popular with volunteers.
  • Wildlife Care Tending to our permanently injured birds and animals requires devotion, dependability, and extensive training. An ongoing commitment of at least 150 hours is required. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Prior experience is helpful. Cleaning cages starts at 7 am, rain or shine, then diets are prepared which involves handling frozen rats, chicks and fish.
  • Special Events Held on weekends and holidays throughout the year with varying hours, may be for you. There's a lot to do to set-up in the weeks before -- planning, marketing, mailing and scheduling. On event days, help with vendor check-in and set-up, traffic control, security, membership tables and other positions to staff, as well as breakdown and cleanup. 
  • Special Projects You can also share your talents on an as needed basis.  Art, photography, you name it.  Let us know of your special skills and interests.  We'll match them to a volunteer opportunity.



VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: Nikki Sweitzer

Nikki Sweitzer started volunteering with us when she was just 16 years old. She is now 17 and has accumulated over 170 hours. Nikki decided to start volunteering at Flamingo Gardens because she lives nearby and loves nature. She volunteers in our historic Wray home giving tours. She is always helpful and friendly to everyone around her, and is a very dependable volunteer.  

She enjoys working in the Wray Home because she gets to meet lots of different people from all over the world. Nikki is trying to get 250 hours to receive the silver cord award when she graduates. Achieving a silver cord helps graduating students get into college and receive scholarships. We’re extremely happy to have Nikki as part of our volunteers. Thank you Nikki.






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