Volunteer Opportunities

Swoopin' Up the Butts - Monthly Cleanups

Together the Environmental Center and Healthy Ospreys are Swoopin’ up the Butts! This collaborative initiative to keep the campus cigarette butt free is taking place every month around the University North Florida. The campus became smoke free Aug. 1 and all cigarette receptacles have been removed. These cleanups are a fun way to help keep the university litter free and spread awareness about common types of pollution.    

Please join at Peace Plaza:

  • Friday, Jan. 29, at noon
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4. at noon
  • Tuesday, April 12, at 4 p.m.

Sawmill Slough Preserve - Ongoing

Volunteers are needed to assist with ongoing research projects in the Sawmill Slough Preserve. Volunteer opportunities include plant and animal surveys and species identification for the Campus Natural Assets Inventory (CNAI), water quality monitoring, pest plant control and other conservation and naturalist related field work. Those with particular interests in ichthyology, entomology, experimental biology and conservation ecology are encouraged to engage. Volunteers will not only have fun, but also gain valuable field experience. 

Contact the Environmental Center if interested in this opportunity.

UNF Citizen Science Program - Ongoing

The Environmental Center is proud to announce our new citizen science program! What is citizen science? Citizen science is real life data collection by amateur or aspiring scientists that helps rebuild a connection and appreciation of nature and conservation. It is open to students of all majors, and the only requirement is to enjoy yourself! 

We host several citizen science initiatives at UNF, they include:
  • Mammal monitoring 
  • Bird monitoring 
  • Plant monitoring 
If you are interested in volunteering,  e-mail  us today or stop by the Environmental Center (building 1, room 2200) for more information. 

Garbage on the Green - Oct. 22, 2015

Garbage on the Green is a large waste audit on the UNF campus that takes place every October. At the event, over 100 volunteers sort and measure waste found on the UNF campus. This is a unique and fun event that has become a tradition on campus. In addition to the waste audit, there is an early morning campus cleanup. 


Want to take your participation to the next level? We are always looking for dedicated students to help plan and promote Garbage on the Green.   Send us an e-mail today if you are interested !

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