Conservation Lands Program
Statement of Function
The primary purpose and objective of the Indian River County Conservation Lands Program is to protect, restore and sustain endangered ecosystems and associated rare and endangered species in Indian River County. Secondary objectives of the program include passive public recreation, preservation of open space, groundwater quality protection, flood protection, protection of historic and cultural resources, and general preservation of "quality of life." The Conservation Lands Program is managed by the Conservation Lands Manager through the Parks Division and supervised by the Parks Superintendent. The Conservation Lands Manager and Parks Superintendent also work closely with the Community Development Department.
Volunteer for the Scrub-Jay Monitoring Program
Indian River County Conservation Lands Program is seeking volunteers to assist with the monitoring of Florida scrub-jays on conservation lands and surrounding areas. Florida scrub-jays are a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act and are managed on conservation lands in accordance with an Incidental Take Permit and a Habitat Conservation Plan. Volunteers will assist the county in monitoring assigned areas and families of scrub-jays. These tasks require training and performance under a federal permit. Volunteers must be able to work year-round and especially in the months of June-August. Ability to work in outdoor elements, during high temperatures and without shade is necessary. Volunteer activities are generally conducted alone and for 2-3 hours per week in the early morning hours. Proper clothing and attire are also required. For the 2020 year, a mandatory volunteer training will be held on Febuary 13th from 1pm-3:30pm and Febuary 14th from 10am-3:30 pm. An application is required to be accepted into the training program. For more information, email Beth Powell, Conservation Lands Manager, at email@example.com or call 772-589-9223.