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Naples Preserve

County: Collier
Categories Environment

The Naples Preserve is 9.5 acres of Upland Pine Flatwoods and Oak-Rosemary Scrub located at U.S. 41 and Fleischmann Blvd. just south of the Coastland Center Mall.  It is a City of Naples Environmentally Sensitive Site and a gopher tortoise preserve.  Funding for the acquisition of this site was by the citizens of the City of Naples and by Florida Communities Trust (Forever Florida funds). A 0.4 mile boardwalk meanders through the preserve offering a view of plants and animals representative of Naples before development.  The Hedges Family Eco-Center is an environmental information outlet for 20 partner organizations that preserve and protect the environment in Collier County.  Volunteers are involved in all aspects of programming, promotion, habitat management and scientific study.

Job Description: Current opportunity :
Greeter inside of the Hedges Family Eco-Center. Providing information to visitors about the non-profit nature destinations in Collier County. You may work on homework if no visitors are in the building.
Requirement: You must become a City of Naples volunteer. To apply -
Job opportunities
Cannot be a smoker. Drug test and finger printing required. (City will pay for these.)

Opportunities for Fall of 2017: Restoration work. Includes raking, pulling vines, removing exotic vegetation, removing debris to a dumpster. You will learn about flatwoods, dry scrub, importance of fire, gopher tortoises. Work days will start in October and the dates will be posted at a later date.
Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Ms. Rebecca Speer
1690 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 261-4290 email us
Secondary Contact: Jennifer Fox
Phone: (239) 213-3058
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Benefits Offered:

A chance to make a real contribution to environmental preservation.

Additional Information:

Every effort will be made to help each student have a meaningful volunteer experience while learning about the local environment.  We will work to accommodate particular interests and internships or mentoring where there is interest.  Our volunteer staff include experts in geology, reptiles, and general Florida natural history.  A resource library is available at The Hedges Family Eco-Center.

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