Sustainability Internship

Local Internship/ Volunteer Experiences

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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

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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 in 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 begins with personal responsibility. We are very proud of
the efforts of our volunteers who have given their time and energy to support our mission.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) offers structured internships to current full-time or part-time college students (or recent graduates within 12 months of course completion) that will directly benefit their education and ultimately their career. We offer full-time internships.

Keep Pinellas Beautiful

Keep Pinellas

Keep Pinellas Beautiful's efforts are the cornerstone for community revitalization, conservation and economic development. Our affiliate works with businesses, schools, neighborhood groups and local governments to tackle tough issues such as illegal dumping, roadway litter, water pollution, unkempt vacant lots, graffiti, urban runoff into our local waterways and lack of green spaces.

Tampa Bay Watch

Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Watch is working to preserve the delicate ecological balance that exists in Tampa Bay. A nonprofit organization established in 1993, Tampa Bay Watch performs a variety of habitat restoration and protection activities throughout the year, utilizing thousands of volunteers to help the bay recover from its environmental problems. Individuals of all ages from community groups, scout troops, schools and others participate in salt marsh plantings, storm drain markings, oyster bar creation, coastal cleanups, and wildlife protection each year, demonstrating environmental stewardship in its purest form.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit


All of BLUE's activities and goals are driven by our fundamental belief that film is the most powerful tool we have available to engage a broad global audience in a direct way that educates them about the ocean, creates a better understanding of complex issues, and empowers positive next steps. BLUE is dedicated to PROMOTING, HONORING, and SHARING great ocean films.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


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


"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

The Sustany Foundation


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 or phone 813-507-1111.

Fleet Farming

Fleet Farming

Apprenticing for the Fleet Farming program is ideal for someone who is passionate about local, organic food and interested in furthering their experience in the world of urban farming. Apprentices will assist on location with seeding, weeding, tending to plots, and harvesting. Through the program, the apprentice will learn about sustainability, installing farmlettes, seeding, growing greens and other edibles, installing irrigation, time management, effectively working in groups, community outreach, and much more. Applicants should be eager to learn, hard working with a positive attitude, interested in plants, friendly and ready to share some laughs. All duties and responsibilities listed below are facilitated under close observation through a mentor-trainee relationship.

Green Your Routine

Green Your Routine

If you enjoy learning about the environment and how to live more sustainably, you are probably interested in learning what you can do to get involved. There are many opportunities including volunteering, workshops, and internships that give kids of all ages a chance to take action in the quest for a more sustainable lifestyle and community.

Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society

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The participation of Pinellas Chapter members is essential in helping us to achieve the FNPS mission: preserve, conserve, and protect the
native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

Volunteer help is ALWAYS needed and ALWAYS appreciated! If you'd like more information about any of the functions below, please email the chapter at

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 produce 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.