Spoonbill Volunteers

Volunteers who join the event each year are from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, USGS Coastal & Marine Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, Florida Sea Grant, Duke Energy, USF College of Marine Science, USF St. Petersburg, Eckerd College, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, Mote Marine Labs & Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Oceanography Camp for Girls Alumnae and Ocean Optics.


Upwards of 60 volunteers are needed for the Spoonbill competition. Volunteer Roles include Moderators, Science Judges, Rules Judges, Scorekeepers, Timekeepers, Runners, Expert Science Judges, Logistics, and Regional Coordinators. Volunteers receive a Spoonbill t-shirt, snacks and meals, inspiration as teams compete, and an ocean of fun.

Registration Forms

What is Spoonbill?

  • One of 25 regional NOSB Sites
  • Sponsored by Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • 1-day academic bowl focusing on disciplines in oceanography
  • Teams of 5 High School students compete for regional title
  • Regional winners move on to advance to the National Competition in April

Who: Teams of 4 students, an alternate, and a coach from high schools from along the west-central coast of Florida.
What: The Spoonbill Bowl consists of a round-robin and single-elimination formats for teams of high school students. The format involves a timed competition of multiple-choice or short-answer questions within the broad category of the oceans. Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans (physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science, biology, etc.) as well as topics on the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history, and culture.
Where: USF College of Marine Science, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and Florida Marine Research Institute. Click here to view USF St. Petersburg Map.
Why: The goals of this competition are to have fun while increasing understanding about the oceans, advancing ocean literacy, and raising the visibility of ocean-related research.

Volunteer Roles

Follow the links and read the details below about Volunteer Roles including, Moderators, Science Judges, Rules Judges, Scorekeepers, Timekeepers, Runners and Expert Science Judges.

Please visit National Ocean Science Bowl for additional competition information

Interested in Volunteering?

Sign up here to be a Volunteer

Training Dates: January and February
Regional Competition: February each year
Questions - Contact
Teresa Greely, greely@usf.edu

Volunteer Responsibilities and Rules

Moderator Documents

Rules Judge Documents

Room Runner Documents

Science Judge Documents

Scorekeeper Documents

Timekeeper Documents