Frequently Asked Questions
Volunteering at Tampa Bay Watch

Want to help out, but aren’t sure of age requirements, project locations, or have other questions? We’ll try to help by answering some of the most-often-asked questions below. 

Where does Tampa Bay Watch conduct projects?

Although Tampa Bay Watch’s main office is located in southern Pinellas county, we coordinate environmental restoration projects throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee Counties

How do I get involved?

Register to receive our weekly eNewsletter which will give you first notice of our upcoming volunteer opportunities, special events, and news or reference our upcoming scheduled projects on this page.

Is there an age requirement to volunteer?

The majority of our habitat restoration projects are open to volunteers of all ages with the exception of oyster reef ball construction and installation, since it’s heavy work. Cleanups and plantings are family-friendly and open to all ages. If you have a question about the project, please click here to contact us.

When do the projects take place?

The majority of our projects take place weekdays from 9 AM – Noon. We average one project per month on a Saturday morning. Spring and fall tend to be our busiest seasons for habitat restoration projects due to the weather and tides. Summer projects are limited due to the weather, and our focus turns primarily to marine science camps for kids.

Do I need to be affiliated with a group to volunteer?

No; individuals are welcome to participate! We also welcome corporate and community groups. Groups can sign up to volunteer by clicking here.

Can high school students earn community service hours as volunteers?

Yes; the best time of year for students to work with us is during the summer, by applying to be a Junior Counselor or participating in our Bright Futures program which offers one project per week over the summer. Students are also welcome to participate in our scheduled volunteer projects throughout the year. Click here for information on camps and the Junior Counselor program.

2019 Volunteer Statistics

94%

feel prepared for the project based on our reminder messages.

99%

anticipate volunteering again.

94%

feel welcomed and appreciated at the project.

Contact Rachel Arndt with additional questions about volunteering: