Apply to Volunteer with Parks

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Overview

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available through Parks, Recreation & Conservation. Chose from individual, group, and Eagle Scout project volunteer applications in the How To section below.

Eligibility

Applicants must be at least 16 years old to volunteer, or be a member of a pre-approved group such as Scouts or 4-H. Volunteers must provide their own transportation.

Guidance

Volunteers are always needed in these areas:

  • Adopt-A-Spot: Commitment to maintain a park or roadway. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful manages volunteers for this program.
  • Conservation: Assist with habitat restoration, trail blazing, removal of invasive species,  and site clean-ups.
  • Parks: Opportunities include park maintenance, beautification, interpretive programs, and special projects.
  • Recreation: Work with children in out-of-school-time programs, teen programs, senior activities, preschool-age tiny tots, and more.
  • Special Events: Help with coastal and river clean-up, family fun days, bike and road races, Scout projects, and the annual Tampa Bay Active Life Games.
  • Therapeutic Recreation: Volunteer for HC Adaptive Sports, out-of-school-time programs, the Special Olympics, Camp Sparks Summer Program, and the Bakas Equestrian Center.

Volunteer Roles

Examples of volunteers roles needed:

Conservation and Environmental Lands Management opportunities

  • Docents - Provide park visitors with tours, lectures, and general information within the parks' nature centers and museums (i.e., Lettuce Lake Park, Upper Tampa Bay Park, and Veteran's Memorial Park and Museum)
  • Interpretive program leaders and assistants - Lead or assist with scheduled interpretive programs and tours
  • Ranger Assistants - Assist Park Rangers with general duties-minor maintenance and repairs, painting, park beautification, launching canoes, closing, and opening parks
  • Administrative Assistants - Assist office staff with collecting funds and registering patrons for park services such as camping and canoeing. They also help with general office duties -filing paperwork, volunteer coordination, answering phones, etc.
  • Gardeners - Assist with maintaining native gardens and other landscapes in the parks

Recreation opportunities

  • Coaches - To teach young athletes specific skills for sports in our recreation center based leagues

At this time, there is no availability for court ordered volunteer hours.

How To

  1. Choose a park, preserve or recreation center you want to volunteer at, or the area for your Eagle Scout project
  2. Submit the appropriate application:

Get Help

Department
Phone
(813) 744-5595