VOLUNTEER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS AGE 10 AND OVER
We are accepting applicants for the September 2017 training class. Training is scheduled to take
place on Saturdays September 9, 16 and 23, 2017. The application deadline is June 30, 2017.
Children ages 10-15 must have an adult sponsor who will train with them and supervise them. Trainees must be age 14 to operate the gift shop and age 18 to operate power tools and drive utility and licensed vehicles.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance after review of application and interview.
(We may not grant an interview to every applicant.)
Applicants age 18 and up will be subject to criminal history check. Those under the age of 18 must have written parental consent.
REQUIRED TRAINING: No more than fifteen candidates will be chosen. If you are not chosen for a particular session, your application may be held for priority consideration in the next training selection. You will be notified if this occurs.
If you are chosen for training, you must be prepared to attend all training sessions and be open for training scheduling for the following six months.
You will not become a volunteer unless all requirements are met.
Orientation: Saturday September 9 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Introductions, release and waiver, information packets, nametags, who we are and what we do, Q & A, tour of Visitor Center and park, contact information, and introduction to State Parks and the role of volunteers.
Classroom Training: Saturdays September 16 & 23 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(All three dates are required)
Phase I Training:
Trainees are given a form with 20 hours of required areas of training. Completed areas are to be signed off by park staff or by volunteer assisting trainee. Forms include mandatory areas or training: (Those under age 14 may have slightly different requirements.)
- Nature Center Operation (8 hours)
- Gift Shop Operation (8 hours)
- Maintenance: Trail trimming class (2 hours), firewood preparation (1 hour), water station (1 shift)
(Physical restrictions are taken into consideration and substitutions can be made.)
Trainees have a maximum of 2 months to complete these 20 hours of training or training is terminated.
Phase II Training:
Once the first form is completed and turned in, trainees will now be required to work a minimum of 4 hours per month for 4 consecutive months and complete 14 required activities (approximately 20 total hours). Trainee may finish sooner than the deadline. Training will include area(s) of interest in addition to specific requirements as follows:
- Work the Gift Shop (2 hours)
- Work the Nature Center Information Desk (2 hours)
- Attend two alligator video programs (2 hours)
- Present one alligator video program (1 hour)
- Attend one snake program (1 hour)
- Attend two Creekfield Hikes (approximately 2 hours hike)
- Lead one Creekfield Hike (2 hours)
- Roving / Trail Interpretation with a trained volunteer (2 hours)
- Roving / Trail Interpretation on your own (1 hour)
- Attend one bird hike (1.5 hours)
- ATV trail tour with trained volunteer (2 hours)
- Attend one business meeting of the Volunteer Organization (Second Saturday of each month, 5:30 p.m.)
Upon completion of Phase II, trainee becomes a member of the organization. Members are required to work a minimum total of 48 service hours per calendar year. (Drive time and monthly meeting time does not count as service hours, but are recorded in the total hours credit.) Twenty-four (24) of the forty-eight (48) required hours must consist of a total of six (6) hours per quarter in any of these required areas:
- Nature Center Information Desk (two-hour shift)
- Gift Shop (two-hour shift)
- Creekfield Hike leader (two hour credit)
- Water Station Duty (two hours per shift) (April through October)
- Firewood processing and/or bundling (time spent)
If the requirement of six hours is not met, the membership is forfeited. (Provisions have been established for sudden personal and family medical problems.)
Call (979) 553-5123 for more information. Members receive a cap, two patches, and access to the membership roster. Nametags and khaki shirts/t-shirts are the responsibility of the volunteer.
To apply to become a volunteer, complete and submit the Application Form.