The Partnerships Section provides support to the Bureau of Operational Services in the following program areas:
CSOs and Volunteers
Point of Sale (POS)
Concession Operations provide services such as merchandise sales, passenger ferry services, boat and land tours, food and beverage services, recreational equipment rentals, pier operations, campground operations, and recreational skills instruction to park visitors. Statewide there are currently more than 90 concession operations within Florida State Parks, which generate revenue for the state of Florida and create jobs for the private sector. The Florida Park Service is actively seeking new concession operations and posts Call for Business Plans on an ongoing basis. Visit Doing Business with Florida State Parks.
CSO and Volunteer Opportunities
Friends groups, also referred to as Citizen Support Organizations (CSO), provide support to individual parks by volunteering, educating visitors, hosting events and raising funds for specific park projects. Additionally, with 175 state parks consisting of more than 791,000 acres and hosting more than 31 million visitors a year, Florida State Parks could not succeed without the help of volunteers. In 2015, volunteers contributed more than 1.2 million hours. How to become a volunteer.
Reservations for overnight accommodations in Florida State Parks are coordinated by Reserve America (a brand of the Active Network). Under contract with the department, Reserve America facilitates camping and cabin reservations.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.