Insider's Guide to Campground Hosting in Florida Parks

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All the information you need to know about volunteering in one of Florida's great public parks, forests and management areas while getting a Free campsite in exchange. You get to help our Florida public lands areas and enjoy some of the most beautiful outdoors areas Florida has to offer. Great for anyone who has a couple of months and a RV More

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About Jolene MacFadden

I am a single mom of 4 grown children with 2 grandchildren. After working in the medical office field for over 25 years I decided to retire and hit the road with my mom. We were traveling around the state of Florida in an old class A RV visiting and volunteering at various Florida State Parks.

The RV finally died on us and we had to stay in one place. Our Southern Ladies Adventures website is being converted over to our Tiny House Adventure where we keep our readers updated on our progress of converting a wooden shed into a Tiny House. We will be posting videos and pictures of our progress as we go along.

Now I am writing more books, helping other writers self-publish and market their books as well as create handcrafted bead and wire jewelry and accessories that I offer for sale on my own online store. I still create websites and write blog articles on a variety of different subjects on a wide variety of websites.

I enjoy reading mystery books of all types as well as science fiction/fantasy stories and have been an avid reader since before my teens. I am currently working on a couple of historical novels one purely fiction and one a more of a historical saga of events happening in the recently renovated Blanche Hotel in Lake City Florida.

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Marg Chauvin reviewed on Dec. 26, 2014

This is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to volunteer at public parks and facilities in Florida. From the start Jolene sets you at ease with her chatty and friendly style backed with experience and extensive research. As she admits, some of the information is available on the Internet; however, most is unavailable without deep research, phone calls, emails, and personal contact. Being a veteran resident, this book is a jewel and will make it easier for me to locate a new position.

For those considering a volunteer career Jolene shares honest hints for success, questions to ask yourself, and cautions. And a good reminder for the veteran volunteer who should ask these questions from time to time.

The Florida State Parks are listed first as these are the most popular with volunteers. Here we receive typical job sheets, hints, application guidelines, and detailed application information. She does not review each of the 161 parks and 10 trails but gives a broad sample of duties, facilities, and general information. After reading this section you should gain a good overview of the state park system.

Many volunteers target only Florida State Parks but there are many other public facilities offering volunteer opportunities. Perhaps the reason we stop with the park system is difficulty of obtaining information on other public facilities. No worry, Jolene researched and reported in detail on the Florida County Parks, State Forests, Fish and Wildlife, and Water Management Districts. Using her book will save you days of research.

But Jolene doesn't stop here, she next lists Florida's National Forests, National Parks, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Each facility contains a data sheet with facility, job, and application information.

In summary, Jolene gives us a comprehensive review of facilities, guidelines for application along with detailed application information. The level of data compiled is a direct result of Jolene's experience as a resident volunteer in Florida. Most authors do not offer this level of detail with contact options and availability dates.
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