Group Volunteer Opportunities

Group & Family Volunteer Opportunities

Get Your Group Involved

Group Volunteers

A group of Zoo volunteers from Emerging Leaders poses for a fun photo after cleaning up the Hillsborough river

Is your organization looking for a wildly-fun way to get involved with the Tampa community? Consider volunteering with ZooTampa! Our volunteer department will work with your organization to select a project that benefits your team, as well as our own. Volunteer opportunities at the Zoo could include clean-ups, painting, landscaping, earth moving, or other projects.

If you're interested in volunteering at the Zoo with your group, please complete the interest form below. You'll be contacted to schedule your volunteer service if a project aligns with your availability. Opportunities are limited and are based on available projects.

If you're interested in volunteering at the Zoo with your group, please complete the interest form to the right. You'll be contacted to schedule your volunteer service if a project aligns with your availability. Opportunities are limited and are based on available projects.

Volunteers clean up the Hillsborough River from their kayak

River Clean-Up

Sunday, November 28th, 2021
8:30 AM

Looking for a way to get outside and help the environment? Get involved with your Tampa Bay community by making our local ecosystem a cleaner, safer place, all while helping to conserve and protect Florida wildlife.

Join ZooTampa, in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful for our clean-up in Lowry Park on Sunday, November 28 at 8:30am!

Located along the Hillsborough River, Lowry Park is home to many native animals including manatees, alligators, hawks, owls, and ibis. This location is open to boaters; kayaks and canoes are also welcome during the cleanup!

Clean-Up activities will begin and end at the Boat Ramp in Lowry Park. Parking is free.

The address is:
1204 W Flora St, Tampa, FL 33604

Program Requirements
  • All participants must sign a liability waiver in advance.
  • Volunteers of all ages are welcome, however, participants under the age of 12 are not permitted on the roadway.
  • One adult must be present for every 5 youth in a group or family.

River Clean-Up

Looking for a way to get outside and help the environment? Get involved with your Tampa Bay community by making our local ecosystem a cleaner, safer place, all while helping to conserve and protect Florida wildlife. Our ZooTampa Volunteer Team holds river clean-up events with volunteer groups periodically throughout the year.

Program Requirements
  • Volunteers of all ages are welcome, however, volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • One adult must be present for every 5 youth in a group or family.

Join our River Clean-Up notification list

If you would like to be notified when our next clean-up event is scheduled, please complete the interest form to the right.

If you would like to be notified when our next clean-up event is scheduled, please complete the interest form below.

Interested in volunteering?

Tell us about your group, and we'll let you know if there’s a project we could use your help on!

  • Please confirm that you understand the following:

    • There are no group volunteer opportunities that work directly with animals
    • Group volunteer opportunities are typically outdoors and could include projects such as:
      • Horticulture work and landscaping (weeding, planting, spreading mulch)
      • Park Beautification (sweeping, washing, litter removal
      • Manual labor (Painting, earth moving, etc.)
    • In the event of inclement weather, the Zoo will attempt to reschedule your volunteer day but cannot guarantee this will be possible.
    • ZooTampa cannot guarantee volunteer scheduling as opportunities vary and are based on current Zoo projects.
    • For youth volunteer opportunities (participants are under 18 years of age), ZooTampa requires a 1:10 ratio of adults to youth. Adults are expected to help supervise teen participants.
    • Group Volunteer opportunities are only applicable to participants 14 years of age and older, with the exception of Clean-up Events.
  • Weekday availability preferred, except for River Clean-Ups which take place on weekends.
  • ZooTampa requires one adult for every 10 minor participants.

Questions about volunteering at ZooTampa?

Contact the Volunteer Team