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volunteer FAQs

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 your frequently asked questions. 

Q:   Where does Tampa Bay Watch get volunteers?

A:   Tampa Bay Watch recruits individual community members, corporate groups, school groups, scout groups, local clubs and others to accomplish restoration projects. 2,895 volunteers participated with us in 2022.

Q:   How can I get involved?

A:   Interested volunteers should reference our scheduled projects page and register to receive our weekly e-newsletter to get first notices of upcoming opportunities.

Q:   Is there an age requirement to volunteer?

A:   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 is very heavy work. The minimum age for this project is 16 years old. If you have a question about a project, please contact our volunteer coordinator. 

Q:   Where do your projects take place?
A:   Although Tampa Bay Watch’s headquarters are located in Tierra Verde, habitat restoration projects take place in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties. 
Q:   When do your projects take place?

A:   Our projects are on a scheduled basis as they are dependent on funding, permitting, tides, and partnerships. The majority of our projects take place during the work week, Monday through Friday, and take place from 9 AM – 12 PM. We average one project per month on a Saturday morning. Spring and fall are the busiest time of year for habitat restoration projects due to the weather and tides being optimal. We do not have many projects over summer due to the heat and our focus lies with providing camps for children.

Q:   How can my company become involved?

A:   Please contact the volunteer coordinator to recommend a project for your group.

Q:   Why should I become involved with Tampa Bay Watch?

A:   It’s an opportunity to participate in local habitat restoration while also building ties within the community and working with others who are dedicated to restoring Tampa Bay.

2022 Volunteer Statistics


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Contact Rachel Arndt with additional questions about volunteering: