Volunteer Program

Program Coordinator
Ms. Erica Laine


e-mail: Erica.Laine.ctr@us.af.mil      Office Phone: 883-1192

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Eglin AFB Natural Resources Branch Volunteer Resources Program is to expand capabilities and sphere of influence, provide an effective conduit for community education, and strengthen community relationships by involving volunteers in the stewardship of natural resources on Eglin.

Volunteers are an important resource:

Enabling the community to be actively involved with Eglin Natural Resources management programs increases public support and helps the community to understand the work and planning behind management decisions. With volunteers, existing programs can be expanded beyond the limits imposed by personnel ceilings and budget restrictions, and projects that would not otherwise be attempted can be taken on. Volunteers are our ambassadors to and from our community. Volunteer participation in our programs expands our sphere of influence while extending our budget.

Volunteers support a wide variety of resource management activities on Eglin. In Fire Management, volunteers help with vehicle and equipment maintenance, they transport equipment and food to personnel in the field, and receive training to help carry out prescribed fire. In Fish and Wildlife Management, volunteers assist in conducting population surveys and monitoring for various species including burrowing owls, sea turtles, shorebirds, gopher tortoises, and wild turkeys. Volunteers also assist in game management, invasive species control, and various recreation projects. In Ecological Monitoring / Adaptive Management, volunteers collect field data for fire effects monitoring, and assist in benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, fish community inventories and rapid habitat assessment. In Forestry Management volunteers donate thousands of hours to plant native trees and vegetation for erosion control and restoration projects. Volunteers also maintain educational displays for the public and create materials and presentations to teach local schools, civic groups and conservation organizations about Eglin's Natural Resources.

One of the most popular volunteer opportunities is: assisting with Turtle Patrol.

Volunteer Application Forms:

Adobe PDF Version, OR: MS Word  Version    

Submit to:  Erica.Laine.ctr@us.af.mil OR:  Erica Laine, 107 N. Hwy 85, Niceville, FL 32578