We could use your help to educate others about manatees! Come volunteer with us as we set up education booths across the state at a variety of festivals and fairs. If you’re passionate about manatees and have some time to spare, fill out our Online Volunteer Application (see link on this page).
We Need Volunteers!
You can help Save the Manatee Club by becoming a Club volunteer. SMC volunteers staff tables at manatee-related events, engage in speaking presentations, help out in the SMC offices, write letters and send e-mails on issues of concern to manatees, and report information to manatee researchers. You can make a difference for manatees!
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our Online Volunteer Application.
For those wishing to inquire about earning community service hours at the Club’s office in Maitland, Florida, please do not fill out the Online Volunteer Application form. For eligibility and availability, contact Janice Nearing, the Club’s Volunteer Activities Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-539-0990.
Club volunteer Sandra Boyd grew up in California and spent summers with her dad in Florida. She has traveled the world both as a child and as an adult. She has appeared on an underwater TV special, raised tropical frogs in self-sustaining eco vivariums, and participated in charity bike rides. And Sandra loves animals, especially manatees.
“My fondest memories in Florida involved encounters with manatees in the waters behind my dad’s home,” said Sandra. “These gentle creatures are such a joy. I want to be sure they are around for generations to come. When I eventually moved to Florida, I saw what Save the Manatee Club was doing to protect manatees, and I immediately wanted to help.”
Signing up to volunteer in 2012, Sandra has adopted several manatees over the years including Annie, Brutus, Deep Dent, Doc, Flash, Rocket, and Margarito, to name a few. This year, she adopted Gator, since her dad is a huge University of Florida Gators fan.
“Seeing these wonderful animals in the wild is so important for residents and visitors to Florida. I want to help get the conservation message out to them so we don’t lose sight of our responsibility as stewards of the environment,” enthused Sandra. “It’s also a lot of fun to meet people and answer questions they have about manatees, as well as enjoy the company of fellow Save the Manatee Club volunteers!”
Melissa and Mike Fishman from Rockledge in Brevard County, Florida wear their volunteer T-shirts and caps whenever they table at events for Save the Manatee Club. Join our volunteer team and earn points through the Volunteer Rewards Program to get your free shirt and cap.
Earn It, Pin It, Show It!
Save the Manatee Club presents a variety of service pins to further recognize and honor the efforts and importance of our loyal volunteer/members. The special, customized pins are earned by registered volunteers who staff education tables for the Club at events, help out in our Maitland office, or give manatee presentations for the Club at local schools, libraries, etc. Wear the pins on the Club’s lanyard which holds the volunteer name tag, or on the Club’s volunteer cap or t-shirt.
See the Pins