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We couldn’t accomplish any of our restoration or education goals without the help of our active volunteer base! Volunteers of all ages from children to retirees help in habitat restoration projects, lend a hand at our annual fundraisers, and represent our organization at community events to increase awareness. On an annual basis, approximately 2,000 volunteers from corporate groups, families, individuals, and more help us accomplish our mission. Still have questions? Click here!

If you would like to volunteer with a group, please contact Rachel Arndt directly at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org

Upcoming events:

Summer Service Program

Wednesdays from June 7 - July 19, 9 AM - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is offering high school students an opportunity to earn community service hours this summer. The program is scheduled to take place on Wednesday mornings 9 AM – 12 PM from June 7 – July 19 at our Marine Center (3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, 33715) with a maximum of fifteen volunteers per project. The minimum age to participate is 15 years old. Examples of projects include assisting with native plantings, oyster shell recycling, cleaning fishing line, and coastal cleanups. 

Interested students should email rarndt@tampabaywatch.org with a cell phone number and the dates they’d like to participate.

Ghost Trap Rodeo

July 15, 9 AM - 1 PM

Tampa Bay Watch, Ocean Aid 360, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and Coastal Impact Fund are coordinating volunteer boaters to participate in a crab trap removal effort on Saturday, July 15 from 9am to 1pm at Fort De Soto Park’s boat ramp and Belleair Causeway’s boat ramp due to the 10-day regional closure of blue crab fishing. Additionally, volunteers are needed for a shoreline cleanup at each site.
FWC is requiring regional closed seasons for the blue crab fishery to help facilitate efforts to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps in state waters of Florida. The local closure is from July 10-19 and extends out to three miles offshore and applies to both commercial and recreational free-standing traps. All commercial and recreational traps left in state waters during the ten day closure will be considered derelict and can be removed.

Be the face of Tampa Bay Watch!

Are you a people person? Be the face of Tampa Bay Watch by becoming an outreach volunteer! We regularly seek volunteers to represent our organization at community events, corporate fairs, and concerts with a goal to increase awareness of our mission. As an outreach volunteer, you’ll talk to people who approach our display to learn all about us and encourage them to sign up to receive the Tampa Bay Watch weekly newsletter. We’ll provide you with our display and handouts to effectively discuss programs. Volunteers are responsible for transporting the display and materials to and from Tampa Bay Watch. Email Rachel at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org if you’re interested in representing us at community events.

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Volunteer at the Discovery Center

Are you interested in helping the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center inspire visitors to become better stewards of Tampa Bay through conversation and education? Our Discovery Center on the St. Pete Pier is currently recruiting volunteers ages 16 and over to assist with outreach, education, and boat-based eco-tours. Please send an email to tbwdcfrontdesk@tampabaywatch.org and tell us a little bit about your interests and availability.

Contact Rachel Arndt with questions about volunteering at Tampa Bay Watch: