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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

County: Lee
Categories Environment

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a beautiful Lee County Parks and Recreation wetland preserve with a raised boardwalk open to the public 7 days a week from dawn until dusk. The trail is fully accessible and consists of a ¾ of mile lower loop or the entire trail is 1.2 miles long. Visitors to this site will see examples of old Florida in the plants and animals that live there. This natural setting provides the perfect backdrop for Florida wildlife such as wading birds, turtles, alligators, otters, squirrels, woodpeckers, butterflies, dragonflies and more. Opportunities to see wildlife are plentiful whether walking out on the trail or sitting at a pond overlook.


The Slough’s Interpretive Center is the first public certified green building in Lee County and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It houses nature displays about the plants and animals of the Slough and is staffed by friendly volunteers to answer your questions.

Job Description:

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is looking for an unpaid summer camp intern to assist with our nature based camps during the months of June and July. Primary duties include interacting with summer campers in a positive, enthusiastic and educational manner to interpret the natural world around them. The successful applicant must be able to interact with campers in an age-appropriate manner to encourage learning and personal growth through nature games and activities. The ideal candidate should have training and/or experience in hiking, birding, camping, nature awareness, or wilderness skills, and the ability to deal with people in a positive manner. A basic knowledge of the flora and fauna of Florida is also desirable. Openness to learning and subsequently sharing those learning experiences with campers in a kind and gentle mentoring capacity is also extremely important. Service learning participants must be interested in science, nature, or the outdoors and must be curious. Other general duties include sweeping, set-up and take-down of educational program materials and assisting in the daily monitoring activities of summer campers such as sign-in and sign-out procedures, parent communication, conflict resolution, documentation of injuries, etc. Total time commitment is about five weeks. Mandatory training will occur on Tuesday, May 31st, June 19th – 21st and July 10th – 12th. Camp runs June 25th through July 27th. No camp will be held on the 4th of July Holiday.

Times of Work: Weekdays daytime
Primary Contact: Mrs. Heather Gienapp
7791 Penzance Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: (239) 533-7556
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: Y
Benefits Offered:

One-year free membership with the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve which includes a 10% discount at the Friends Corner Book Store. Participants will learn and practice a wide variety of nature skills including awareness, natural crafts and survival skills.

Additional Information:

Applicants should be majors (or recent graduates) in biology, zoology, environmental science, science education, outdoor recreation, botany or other related fields. Ideal candidates should have experience working with children; familiarity with (or enthusiasm to learn) a variety of environmental education activities; experience in a museum, visitor’s center, camp, or similar setting.  This summer camp position requires the student to have the ability to work for 6-8 hours between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. outdoors during the hot summer months. (There will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the day.) Students must also be willing to research information pertinent to their successful participation in any of the camp activities at the Slough. Must be able to work with volunteers in a pleasant and helpful manner.

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