Volunteering or interning at Lubee Bat Conservancy is a great way to help and learn about bats. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of 16 hours per month, but you can work any day of the week. When volunteering at Lubee, you will develop skills that are helpful in many careers, including but not limited to animal and conservation work. Volunteering is also a great way to build your resume when applying for jobs, scholarships, or to get into vet school.
There are three routes to take for volunteering. We have year round opportunities to volunteer for those that qualify, your group may volunteer together for large projects, or if you are looking to volunteer a single time, you may consider our Annual Florida Bat Festival which typically takes place the last Saturday in October.
Bats are listed as a rabies vector species in the Unites States, so volunteers working at Lubee may have separate jobs based on whether they have been vaccinated for rabies or not. You do not have to have a rabies vaccine to volunteer though.
If you are interested in being vaccinated for rabies, the Alachua County Health Department has a vaccination program. The initial series involves three subcutaneous vaccinations, and each shot costs approximately $219. You may also want to check with your health provider since it may cover this cost if you are planning to work with a rabies vector species.