Ongoing Volunteer Positions

LEVEL 1

Welcome Center Volunteer - Work at the Gumbo Limbo front desk and throughout the nature center lobby, greeting visitors, answering questions, and providing information about the center.

Aquarium Guide - Be an environmental educator. Learn and teach about the habitats and species we have at Gumbo Limbo. Interact with visitors from all over the world and educate about the marine aquariums and coastal conservation.

School Program/ Camp Assistant - Help Gumbo Limbo's education team lead field trips and summer camp programs. Set up and help run craft projects, science experiments. Assist staff during lessons and guided tours.

Green Thumb - Gardening. Work in the butterfly garden, and throughout the Gumbo Limbo grounds. Help keep paths clear and maintained. Plant, water, and prune plants.

Luna - Be our Sea Turtle ambassador! Wear the "Luna" Green sea turtle costume; interact and take pictures with visitors at special events.

LEVEL 2

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Educator - Work in the sea turtle rehab facility educating visitors about sea turtles, Gumbo Limbo's Sea Turtle patients, and medical treatments.

Evening Sea Turtle Programs - Assist Marine Turtle Specialists with crowd control and answering questions at night time sea turtle hatchling releases or turtle walk programs.

Naturalist Guide - Give guided tours through our butterfly garden and Ashley trail.

LEVEL 3

Prerequisites required.

Animal Husbandry - Assist in the care and feeding of the center’s terrestrial animals including snakes, box turtles and gopher tortoises.

Sea Turtle Husbandry - Assist in the daily operations of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility.  Duties include cleaning tanks, facility upkeep, and visitor interaction.

Summer Volunteer Programs

Our summer positions are filled for 2022.   We will begin accepting applications for the summer 2023 programs in April 2023.

Counselor in Training (CIT) Volunteer 

Do you want to develop your leadership skills?   Do you love working with children?  Are you passionate about nature and marine conservation?  Do you want to have fun while gaining valuable experience this Summer?  Become a Gumbo Limbo CIT!  

Volunteer Requirements: 

All Volunteers Must: 

  • Be at least 16 years old (at least 18 to work teen camp weeks) 
  • Commit to working at least 2 full weeks of summer camp 
  • Interview with the volunteer coordinator and camp director 
  • If selected, attend Mandatory Orientation/training sessions 

How to Apply: 

  • Request full position description and a volunteer application. 
  • Submit the application. The next step, if chosen, will be an interview.

Volunteer Description: 

CITs will be responsible for helping staff lead camp programs.   Camp activities include seining, kayaking, crafts, games, snorkeling, science projects, and more! 

Summer High School Student Volunteer Program 

Volunteers can earn community service hours for school while learning about Florida's coastal and marine environments.  Only 35 applicants are accepted into the program. 

Volunteer Requirements: 

Volunteers must: 

  • Be 16-18 years old 
  • Commit to volunteering 50+ hours during summer break (any service hours will not be signed for unless the student has completed 50 or more hours
  • Complete a level 2 background check with the City of Boca Raton 
  • Mandatory volunteer orientation at Gumbo Limbo 

How to Apply: 

  • Email Dawn Perez to request a volunteer application. 
  • Submit the application via email to Dawn Perez.  The next step, if chosen, will be an interview. 

Volunteer Description: 

Students will work with staff and experienced volunteers to learn about Florida's coastal environment and marine species.  Students will gain experience in customer service, public speaking, educating the public, and assist with leading programs.  As volunteers, students will be environmental educators, teaching guests of all ages about Gumbo Limbo and the ecosystems represented at the center.