Join Our Volunteer Team

Flamingo Gardens is hosting a Volunteer Open House to inform members and the public about volunteer opportunities and requirements. Following the application and interview process, volunteers are selected for programs based on their experience, skills and availability. In certain program areas a second placement interview is required. The types and numbers of openings for volunteers vary considerably throughout the year.

Learn more about volunteering
 during Volunteer Open House 
on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10am.

VOLUNTEER
Flamingo Gardens volunteers are an integral part of the garden’s history and contribute to every aspect of our operations. We depend on our dedicated volunteers to help us maintain the gardens and facilities. Like History? Become a Wray Home Museum tour guide and meet people from around the world. Like plants and gardening? Help us care for our collection of rare & native plants. Love animals? With devotion and the proper training you can become part of our dedicated animal care volunteers. Good with your hands? Help us out with carpentry, woodwork, and simple repairs.

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

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: Miguel Portales

Miguel Portales is a valued part of our volunteer team. Since May 2014 he has volunteered an amazing 210 hours. Miguel visited Flamingo Gardens when he was young and wanted to volunteer here because he loved the beautiful plants and natural areas of the gardens. He loves working outdoors with nature and animals and is interested in studying horticulture or botany in college.

One of Miguel’s favorite parts of volunteering is helping visitors. He says he loves being helpful, meeting new people and showing them around Flamingo Gardens or talking about all our exciting programs. He loves feeling like he’s doing something for the community. Thanks for all your help, Miguel.







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