Our mission is to connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in southwest Florida.   

Become a Historic Spanish Point Volunteer

Volunteers at Historic Spanish play a pivotal part in supporting and nurturing our mission. Whether acting as tour guides, boat captions or assisting in the Visitor Center, our volunteers bring a contagious sense of enthusiasm to their work.

No matter who you are or whatever your passion may be, Historic Spanish Point offers wonderful opportunities to meet new friends and explore new interests in our magical
30-acre outdoor museum.

Come join our vibrant volunteer team, where you will learn and grow while preserving our unique past and protecting our legacy for the future.

Did You Know? Historic Spanish Point Volunteers contribute over 9,500 volunteer hours each year.

To become a volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Marianne Gordon,

at volunteer_manager@historicspanishpoint.org or (941) 966-5214

Visitor Services

Admissions/Guest Services:

As a volunteer in the Visitor Center, you will be providing our guests with information about our museum, selling admission tickets, memberships and tours. Our Visitor Center volunteers work in the historic Osprey Schoolhouse and enjoy meeting guests from all over the world.

The Shop at The Point:

Our Visitor Center houses The Shop at the Point where guests find fun and interesting gift items and books. Volunteers in The Shop at The Point assist guests with selecting purchases and processing transactions on our user-friendly registers.

Entrance Cottage Greeter:

Volunteers who work in the Entrance Cottage are the first point of contact with our visitors. These volunteers direct arrivals to the Visitor Center and the parking area on site. The Entrance Cottage is air-conditioned and has WIFI access.

Preservation Support

Gardening

If you enjoy gardening and the outdoors, our lush 30-acre site is calling you! Work with our Site Horticulturalist to maintain the gardens and our unique bayside ecosystem. You will learn about native plants and wetlands or even care for our brilliant butterfly garden. 

Special Events

Special Events

 

Throughout the year, Historic Spanish Point hosts many exciting events that support our programs and mission. Volunteers play an essential role in making these events run smoothly. This is a great way to join in the festivities while volunteering for a worthy cause.

Tour Guides

Docent/Tour Guide

This is one of the most sought after volunteer positions at Historic Spanish Point. Our docents take visitors on walking or tram tours of the site and educate them on its history and nature. All docents go through extensive training on the history of Historic Spanish Point. This position requires that you are able to walk over a mile of nature trails, or drive a 7-person tram. Tour times vary. Allow 2-3 hours per shift.

School Program Docent

Volunteer to guide schoolchildren on specialized tours, provide storytelling, oversee hands-on crafts and teach students about Florida’s rich past. This position is great for retired educators or anyone looking to enhance the experience of young students.

Maritime Heritage

Boatyard:

The skilled volunteers who work at the boatyard build, preserve and sail reproduction watercraft. This position does require experience in boatbuilding, so bring your expertise and enthusiasm and join the amazing volunteer team at the boatyard.

MAGIC Boat Tours:

You will be sharing the beauty of Historic Spanish Point from the water when you volunteer as a captain or first mate on MAGIC. Volunteers take our visitors out on Little Sarasota Bay in a reproduction of the original MAGIC, a boat used by the pioneer families that settled here. First mates assist the captains and give information about the ecology and wildlife of the area. Captains must have a valid captain’s license in order to operate the boat.

High School Students

High School Students

Historic Spanish Point invites high school students to participate in our diverse volunteer program. Whether you are looking to volunteer on a weekly basis, for special
events or just for the summer, there is always something interesting and fun for you do to support an incredible cause.