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Volunteer with FWC at 2019 Florida State Fair
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Volunteer with FWC at 2019 Florida State Fair

FWC are looking for volunteers to assist with public outreach at the Florida State Fair. Each year we house a wide range of exhibits in the 'Red Barn' demonstrating all the wonders of Florida's wildlife. For 2019 our focus is on 'Reconnecting with nature' and we have lots of native species on exhibit. We also have exhibits from aquatic plant nonnative section, Law enforcement, Hunting and Game management, and our researchers from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

When: 10 day event
Two 1/2 day shifts
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US-301
Tampa, Florida  33610
United States
Contact: Brendan O'Connor

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The FWCs theme for the 2019 Florida State Fair is “Reconnect with Nature”. This year we are heavily focusing on Florida’s native species. We will also have an exhibit on aquatic invasive plant species. We will have a wide range of species and experts on hand to answer the varied questions. A shift coordinator will be present to answer any questions you may have.

Species on display for 2019 Florida State Fair

  1. Native fish species including; 
  • Freshwater; Trophy Catch program. Freshwater fish species including largemouth bass, black crappie, sunfish (blue gill and redear). 
  • Saltwater; Catch a Florida Memory program. Fish species including red drum, black drum, spotted seatrout and common snook. We will also have bay scallops on display. 

        2. Native species including snapping alligator turtle, quail, and an American alligator.

        3. Aquatic plants nonnative species

Volunteer and shift times

We would welcome your involvement and hope you sign up for one or more of the volunteer sessions. We are looking for 2-3 volunteers each morning and afternoon shift to assist FWC staff to relay information to the public and answer questions. The shift times will be as follows:

  • Sunday  - Thursday   10:00 AM-2:00 PM, and 2:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday       9:00 AM-2:00 PM, and 2:00 PM-7:00 PM  

To sign up for any of these ½ day sessions please use the following link:

Sign up for shifts:

 FWC 2019 State Fair Volunteer sign up.xlsx 



We have prepared training materials which are available on the FWCs eLearning site.

You will need to set up a user name and password of your choice and you will then gain access to the training materials. This training is for all those wishing to volunteer. If you have any difficulties signing up for training please email Brendan at 

We encourage all those planning to volunteer to review the materials to ensure that you know what species are present and to become familiar with FWCs message on each issue. I realize many of you have volunteered in previous years but we want to ensure you are as informed as possible to answer questions from the public and to fully enjoy this experience.