Help Educate Others About Manatees

11 Save the Manatee Club volunteers pose outside on a sunny day in front of Hope the Inflatable Manatee.
SMC volunteers at an outreach event at an Orlando City Soccer Club game.

If you’re passionate about manatees and have some time to spare, you can become a Save the Manatee Club volunteer! Whether you live in Florida, elsewhere in the U.S., or across the globe, there is likely a position for you. If you’re interested, please scroll down to learn more about the available positions, then click the button below to fill out an application!

Volunteer Opportunities


This position is available for Florida residents who are 18 years of age or older. Festival volunteers staff information tables at manatee-related events year-round. They provide information on the Club and manatees to the public and should be knowledgeable (or eager to learn) about protecting manatees and their aquatic habitat. Days and times of festivals vary. This requires a minimum of 2-4 hours per festival.


This position is available primarily for volunteers living in Florida. Volunteers will participate in a variety of activities that benefit manatees and their habitat which could include cleanup events, doing in-person outreach at marinas or visitor centers, seagrass restoration work, and more.

Manatee Observer at Blue Spring State Park

This position is open to Florida residents of Volusia, Orange, Lake and Seminole Counties between the months of April-October.
Manatee Observer Volunteers will educate visitors and help prevent manatee harassment at Blue Spring State Park during the summer months. Volunteers may be pre-scheduled or called on short-notice to assist at the park. Mandatory orientation sessions and kayak training are offered in the spring. Volunteers can assist from the boardwalk or from a kayak. For questions or more information on this position, please email
Read more about the Manatee Observer Program

Manatee Outreach Ambassador

This position is available for volunteers living both in and outside of Florida, and a great opportunity for those who visit Florida. There is no age or membership requirement. Manatee Outreach Ambassadors will help Save the Manatee Club find public places to provide manatee information and outreach material, such as parks, marinas, tour operators, visitor centers, schools, and more. They will email suggestions to SMC staff. Training will be provided.

E-mail Action Alert Team

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This position is available for volunteers living both in and outside of Florida who have access to e-mail. There is no age or membership requirement for grassroots activism volunteers. This is a critical way you can help manatees. Write, fax, or e-mail policy makers at all levels of government and let them know you support strong manatee protection measures. We will e-mail notices of manatee issues that require your help.

Two female Save the Manatee Club volunteers face a group of kids and parents at a table where they are making manatee puppets.
SMC volunteers Heather (r) and Sammi make manatee puppets with children at the Blue Spring Manatee Festival.

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