Sustainability Internship

Local Internship/ Volunteer Experiences

Tampa Bay

 

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Check out the some of these sustainable opportunities that Tampa Bay and surrounding areas have to offer:

Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County

EPC logo


The EPC hosts interns and volunteers mainly in the fields of biology, law, GIS, information technologies (MIS), and environmental sciences. Opportunities exist for experience in our lab and/or in the field learning about natural resource protection, permitting, and enforcement. Please note that there is limited availability and not all opportunities are available each semester. Also, EPC internship opportunities are unpaid positions unless otherwise stated. If an opportunity is expected to be offered for a given semester, we will begin accepting applications for that opportunity approximately six (6) weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Please apply at that time.

The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium


The Florida Aquarium's Internship program is designed to provide college students and recent college graduates with an exclusive and hands-on opportunity to work in the aquarium industry. Our unique program combines detailed training with applied work experience in the department of choice to result in a comprehensive and dynamic work-study experience; all while under the guidance and coaching of a qualified aquarium staff member. Only a small number of interns are accepted each semester to allow for a more personal experience and the internship program reflects our mission, "to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship of our natural environment.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Keep Tampa




Since 1989, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful has provided bay-area residents of all ages with opportunities for meaningful service. Tampa Bay Beautification (founded in 1989) and Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful (founded in 1992) merged in 2012 to form Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. Building on the success of these two non-profits, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful continues to have a huge impact on our community. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest volunteer-based community. Our focus areas are litter prevention, waste reduction, conservation, and beautification. We believe change and improvement begin with personal responsibility. We are very proud of
the efforts of our volunteers who have given their time and energy to support our mission.

Circle Graphics

Circle Graphics

Circle Graphics is the world's foremost producer of grand and large-format digital graphics. We are an industry leader in creating innovative products for outdoor advertising, business signage, wall decor, art reproduction, and the professional photography and art communities.

Our combined 407,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities across the United States house over 88 grand and large format digital printers, custom automated finishing equipment, and coating capabilities to produce printed recyclable materials up to 16 ft wide. Our prepress department processes more than 20,000 files per day with the aid of proprietary software automation tools. We operate around-the-clock, 7 days a week to deliver extraordinary customer service, and print over 431 million square feet of material annually. We specialize in industry-leading innovations accompanied by world-class service.

 

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation, and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the "Top 25 Zoos in the U.S" by TripAdvisor (2015) and "10 Best Zoos in the U.S." by Trekaroo (2015).

University Area CDC

University Area CDC

The University Area Community Development Corporation Inc. (University Area CDC) is a 501(c) (3) public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention, and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. For over 20 years, the UACDC has championed positive change in the economic, educational and social levels of the community through youth programs, adult education, affordable housing, workforce and resource assistance, and community engagement.

Rosebud Continuum

Rosebud Continuum

Preserving what is truly the real Florida is becoming a serious challenge. The rampant overdevelopment of land and coastal areas without regard to native plants and ecosystems is forever altering the natural ecological balance of living systems which have thrived for millennia. The Rosebud Continuum is a new, continuous and evolving project to restore and preserve a relatively large land and lake area in Pasco County Florida. The project will also incorporate a number of new and vibrant additions to the landscape including bee colonies, bat and bird houses, alternative energy sources, sustainable agriculture including hydroponic production, aquaculture utilizing the natural, spring lake on the property, native plant demonstration gardens, and eventually, buildings constructed to very high energy efficiency/sustainable levels for lectures, classes, research and other educational purposes.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

FWC

The FWC protects and manages... More than 575 species of wildlife. More than 200 native species of freshwater fish. More than 500 native species of saltwater fish... Balancing these species' needs with the needs of nearly 19 million residents and the millions of visitors who share the land and water with Florida's wildlife.


Tampa Bay Estuary Program

TBEP


"Give A Day For The Bay" is a volunteer program sponsored by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program to directly involve citizens in restoring Tampa Bay.

Half-day workdays are held on Saturdays several times a year, at various parks and preserves throughout the Tampa Bay watershed. Removal of invasive plants is a primary focus of the workdays, along with native plant installation, to help restore important coastal and upland habitats throughout the bay watershed. Watch short videos of some of our previous workdays at http://www.youtube.com/TheTBEP.

The Sustany Foundation

Sustainy

Whether you have an hour a month or a few hours a week, Sustany® seeks volunteers to serve as Board members, plan the Sustainable Buzz- celebration of local food and drink, participate in coastal and park clean-ups, and connect us with projects and programs which promote sustainability in Tampa Bay. For more information or to have your organization's volunteer opportunities listed on this page please contact info@sustany.org or phone 813-507-1111.

Temple Terrace Farm 2 School

Temple Terrace Farm 2 School






Temple Terrace Farm2School partners with schools and community organizations dedicated to educating future environmental leaders. We work with individuals, group volunteers, educators and local businesses to establish and maintain infrastructure to enhance the learning experience. Our recent accomplishments include supplying Earthboxes and herbs for Greco Middle School's culinary program and establishing a reading garden for Cork Elementary School. Come support a team dedicated to sowing the seeds for cultivating society's future pioneers at upcoming events.

Sweetwater Organic Farm

Sweetwater Organic Farm

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm was established in 1995 as a nonprofit community-supported urban organic farm and environmental education center in Tampa, Florida. We are located on 6 acres of suburban property along the Sweetwater Creek in Tampa's Town 'n' Country neighborhood, in Hillsborough County, Florida.

We operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership program, Sweetwater Sunday Farmers' Market and Music Series open to the public, educational field trip programs for visiting groups, farm tours, workshops, outdoor movies, seasonal events, volunteer opportunities and more!




Fat Beet Farm

Fat Beet Farm logo

Tim and Jen Curci are developing a 9-acre farm property on Tampa Road. Using Tim's passion for food and restaurants, and Jen's love of farming high-quality ingredients, they will build a vibrant resource for the community; the Fat Beet Farm Project. They will showcase multiple modern high-yield farming methods, work with student interns to understand the science of sustainable agriculture and grow beautiful show gardens through which patrons are encouraged to walk through with a glass of wine before their dinner. With sustainability always in mind, the farm will use many of its natural resources to its benefits such as rain collection, native bees as pollinators, egg chickens for pest control, and compost as fertilizer. The farm will have an on-site commissary to process all of the bounties from the farm to allow easy use by local restaurants.

Volunteer help is ALWAYS needed and ALWAYS appreciated! If you'd like more information about any of the functions below, please email us to Winne Mulamba at wmulamba@usf.edu for more info.

Feeding Tampa Bay

feeding tampa bay

Give Back. Spend your time getting more food on the tables of the 700,000 hungry families, kids, and seniors in the Tampa Bay region. Warehouse volunteers assist in sorting perishable and non-perishable food donations, packaging produces for families, and packing bags of groceries for children in need.

All volunteers MUST sign up in advance. We are not able to accept walk-ins at this time.