Join a Volunteer Effort in the Florida Keys
Voluntourism is about connecting with people and all living things, with the natural beauty of the Florida Keys and its unique eco-systems.
“Be local” as a visitor to the Florida Keys and as part of your vacation get involved by giving something back and making the world a better place.
Whether you have special skills, interests or just want to help out, you can connect with the causes and charities that are dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of both human and animal life in the Florida Keys.
Volunteers with Florida Keys Wildlife Society support the National Wildlife Refuges with several activities. Whether you’re a full time local resident, a ‘snow bird’ or a vacationer, there are many opportunities to volunteer and support the Keys’ refuges. Volunteer help to staff the Nature Center, located at 30587 Overseas Highway in Big Pine Key; operate the Refuges’ Nature Store; interpret the Blue Hole for day visitors; maintain nature trails; lead/host kayak excursions; support conservation efforts; and participate in community outreach activities. Volunteer info
Florida Bay Forever, an Islamorada-based nonprofit established in 2016, welcomes volunteers who are passionate about preserving Florida Bay for future generations and who are keenly interested in Florida Keys ecology and history. Their Florida Bay Eco-Center features exhibits and information about Florida Bay, a retail store with unique gifts and offers immersive educational experiences for visitors of all ages. Volunteer info
Volunteer Docents are an integral part of the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center team. Many areas in which help is needed include manning the reception desk to greet and welcome guests, collect payment for admission and/or items from the gift shop, lead group tours, work on projects in the library with the curator, or assist during special lecture series or festival events. Discover more about the Florida Keys while sharing your stories and suggestions with visitors. Volunteers are also invited to attend lectures, programs and events. Volunteer info
Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center welcomes volunteers to help at the hospital and/or the 5-acre sanctuary with habitat construction, care and feeding of wild bird patients, or rehabilitated residents. Volunteer info
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is recruiting and training volunteers for their Team OCEAN program, to serve as boat operators or educational interpreters at busy reef areas on weekends and peak days during the summer months. Volunteer info
Marathon Wild Bird Center always welcomes volunteers to assist with the capture and transport of injured wildlife as well as assisting with the release of successfully rehabilitated birds, in addition to fundraising events, picking up supplies, feeding birds, and more. Volunteer info
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden has a variety of ways that volunteers can help, including assistance with presenting classes, greeting visitors, gardening, giving tours, and special events. Volunteer info
Key West Wildlife Center’s mission is to ensure the future of the Keys’ diverse native wildlife by providing timely rescues and quality rehabilitation with the hope of release back to the wild. Become a Wildlife Sponsor
Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys believes volunteers are a valuable resource! Work alongside staff, partner homeowners and other volunteers, to help transform lives. This transformation and energy sustains our passion. Volunteer info