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community service

Students are responsible for documenting their community service hours. As you are all aware, the minimum amount of hours you need to complete to qualify for Florida Bright Futures is 100 hours (25 hours per year). Keep in mind that many Universities give scholarships for additional community service hours so you won't want to limit yourself to 100 hours.

Using the menu to the right, please review some of the community service ideas. This list is not restrictive and it is being provided simply to provide you with some ideas of suitable places that students can engage in community service projects. There are many more community service opportunities available.


  • All students will be required to complete a community service log (signed by you and your parent). You must provide your counselor with a hard copy of this form that will be stored in your folder. This will ensure that forms are not lost over the course of the next four years.

  • In addition, you must provide a letter on official company letterhead from the organization that you did your community service with in order to document your hours.


This program is offered to BioTECH students through the
Zoological Society of Florida.

The Conservation Teen Scientist program (CTS) is a program developed by the Zoological Society of Florida to offer high school students valuable volunteer opportunities, while fulfilling the Zoo’s mission and enhancing the visitor experience through eco-literacy interpretation. CTS is an essential program that helps connect young visitors with conservation stewardship and represent the Zoo in local conservation involvement.

CTS team members increase their knowledge and awareness of wildlife conservation and education and develop useful skills that help the Zoo’s convey its conservation message to the visitors. Zoo instructors teach the CTS participants about current conservation and environmental issues and how zoos are helping to promote eco-literacy. CTS team members convey the conservation awareness message to the Zoo visitors by using interpretative props and biofacts. CTS team members also experience hands-on conservation fieldwork in regional locations.

For more information, students should visit the CTS website to review requirements and obtain applications.

Interested students can also contact the program coordinator:

Isabel C. Sánchez
Youth Programs & Volunteer Manager
Education Advisor, Giant River Otter SSP
Zoological Society of Florida/ Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152 St - Miami, Fl 33177-1499
Phone: (305) 255-5551 ext. 131
Fax: (305) 255-7126

As a BioTECH Student Volunteer, you will be embarking on an educational work experience that will be significant in the preparation of a future career in Botany and related sciences. BioTECH Student Volunteers will have the opportunity to volunteer in the following areas: Orchid Micropropagation Lab, LEAF (Let’s Explore at Fairchild educational family program), and Special Events. This is a unique opportunity available exclusively to BioTECH students in order to gain knowledge about Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and plant conservation while developing public speaking and leadership skills.

Please note: In order to be eligible to apply to the Fairchild BioTECH Student Volunteer program, you must be a current BioTECH student.

  1. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden BioTECH Student Volunteer Application

    All interested BioTECH students must complete our application in full, complete with parent or guardian signature, to be considered for a student volunteer position. A Parent or Guardian must sign the transportation agreement, parental consent, emergency contact, and hold harmless agreement for your application to be complete.

  2. Short Essay

    Please describe in a few paragraphs (400 words or less) why you want to join the BioTECH Student Volunteer program at Fairchild. Your paragraph should address what you hope to experience; what skills and strengths you feel you have to offer to Fairchild and what you hope to achieve by participating. All essays need to be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font with double spacing and one inch margins all around.

    For more information, please download the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION form and VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES.

    Interested students can also contact the volunteer department:

    Volunteer Department
    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
    10901 Old Cutler Road - Coral Gables, Fl 33156
    Fax: (305) 667-1651