Site Steward Volunteer
Location: Circle B Bar Reserve (PNR)

Polk's Nature Discovery Center is seeking volunteers as site stewards to assist in landscaping or gardening, maintenance of the exterior and inspections, or assisting in the education station.

Polk's Nature Discovery Center is located at the Circle B Bar Reserve. The free discovery center has exhibits specifically designed to engage and excite visitors of all ages. It is a place to explore Polk's water, wildlife, and wilderness and gain a better understanding of the delicate ecosystems of Central Florida. There are numerous hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits, picnic facilities, and nature trails, making it a great choice for families.

Main Assignment Responsibilities

  • Landscaping and Gardening
    • Work in a large shade house to weed and propagate native plants.
    • Trim grass on the boardwalk.
    • Maintain landscape beds.
    • Maintain the outdoor classroom area.
    • Water, weeding, and planting.
  • Maintaining the Exterior Appearance and Inspecting Facility
    • Pressure-wash and clean building exterior.
    • Create and maintain our outdoor classroom area.
    • Hike the trails and remove trash, debris, and report issues to staff.
    • Check buildings, barns, and shade house for issues with doors, lights, insects, etc.
    • Maintain the tour tram's appearance.
  • Education Station Volunteer / Education Station Assistant Volunteer 
    • Assigned to stations along the trail to talk to visitors about wildlife and conservation.
    • Prepare and present educational programs to visitors.
    • Assist in leading field studies programs for 3-5 grade classes.
  • Research Assistant (Min Age 18)
    • Monitor and research of Florida Species of focus at the time of volunteering.


  • Circle B Bar Reserve is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 12pm-4pm.
  • Scheduling will be discussed at the time of the interview.


Age Stipulations

  • Minimum age for site steward responsibilities listed is 14 except for the research assistant which is 18.
  • Responsibilities may be limited based on age, maturity, and safety of minor volunteers.

Physical Abilities/Speech

  • Must be able to carry at least 40 pounds and move things such as tables and props.


  • All clothing worn should be neat and clean, free of wrinkles, holes, and tears, and should not contain profanity, obscene imagery or otherwise convey an inappropriate message. Visible body piercings and jewelry that do not create a safety hazard may be permitted, subject to county management’s reasonable determination of propriety.


  • Pass all applicable screenings


Skills listed below are skills either already possessed or learned through this assignment. Please complete your application in full to avoid delays in processing.

Address: 4399 Winter Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Minimum age:14
Near a bus stop:No
Court Service:No
Court Service Min Age:N/A
Times needed:
  Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

Skills and Experience: Driving - Automobile
Driving - Commercial Vehicle/Equip
Engineering - Electrical
Physical - Lift 20 lbs.
Physical - Lift 50 lbs.
Mechanical - Machinery
Mechanical - Vehicles
Landscaping - Tree Trimming
Landscaping - Maintenance
Physical - Walk a distance
Physical - Walk door-to-door
Preferred Location: Any Place (Polk County)
Indoors / Outdoors
Outdoors Only
Winter Haven