Brooksville Ridge Volunteer Program

Volunteer to help conserve Florida's rare species and habitats!

The Brooksville Ridge region includes public and private lands in Pasco, Citrus, Hernando, Sumter and Levy counties. The Brooksville Ridge Volunteer Program is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Volunteers who have a passion for conservation and the environment can help by working with scientists and land managers to remove exotic plants, prepare lands for prescribed burns, assist with habitat enhancement and land management and participate in wildlife research as a citizen scientist.

Conservation volunteering is a rewarding experience where YOU can work side-by-side with conservation professionals and other volunteers helping with real projects while learning new skills. If you want to help the environment, get dirty and make a difference, then we need you!

FWC volunteer assists with a rare amphibian study. Photo by Kevin Enge
FWC volunteer assists with a rare amphibian study. Photo by Kevin Enge.

FWC volunteer assists with Red-cockaded Woodpecker chick banding and monitoring. Photo by Mary Dowdell
FWC volunteer assists with Red-cockaded Woodpecker chick banding and monitoring. Photo by Mary Dowdell

Volunteers assist with land management activities to conserve critical habitat
Volunteers assist with land management activities to conserve critical habitat

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Brooksville Ridge conservation volunteer and internships projects include:

  • Citizen science/research projects
    • Red-cockaded Woodpecker monitoring
    • Southeastern American Kestrel monitoring (seasonal)
    • Butterfly monitoring (March-October)
    • Rare amphibian surveys (March-summer)
    • Rare invertebrate surveys
  • Habitat enhancement projects
    • Invasive plant mapping and removal
    • Oak thinning/removal
    • Prescribed burn preparation
    • Land management
      • Fire lane maintenance
      • Mowing
      • Fence repair and other maintenance
  • Other ways to help
    • Public outreach (festivals/workshops)
    • Training other volunteers
    • Computer and office work/research

And…additional projects are soon to come!

How to Sign Up

Email or call the Brooksville Ridge Volunteer Coordinator for an application and to set up an interview time.



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