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2020 Florida State Fair
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2020 Florida State Fair

FWC are looking for volunteers to assist with educating the public on a range of conservation issues at this years' Florida State Fair which takes places in Tampa from Feb 6-17.

2/6/2020 to 2/17/2020
When: Event runs from 02/06-02/17
9AM
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US 301
Tampa, Florida  33610
United States
Contact: Brendan O'Connor
8636483829

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Volunteering with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

We are looking for volunteers that are comfortable interacting with the general public, and who can assist FWC staff with daily routines. We provide training to explain the logistics of getting to the Florida State Fairgrounds, where to report for duty, and also an overview for select species on display so that you’re comfortable answering basic questions. FWC biologists will be on hand to answer any questions you feel unsure about and we encourage you to lean on their expertise.  

 

You will get 2 tickets to get into the Florida State Fairgrounds, and an opportunity to educate the public about Florida's native and nonnative wildlife species.

 

What will volunteers be doing at the 2020 Florida State Fair for FWC?

There are several volunteer opportunities available, which includes:

  1. Providing information on the American alligator to members of the public, and ensuring the well being of the animal on display,
  2. Providing information on Catch A Florida Memory (saltwater Grand Slams challenge)
  3. Assisting staff with opening and closing each day which will include cleaning glass, sweeping floors, as well as directing visitors through the various exhibits
  4. Hands-on kids activities

How do I signup?

We are looking for 1-2 volunteers to assist each shift, which are:

  • Friday and Saturday; 9AM - 2PM and 2PM – 7PM
  • Sunday through Thursday; 10AM - 2PM, and 2PM – 6PM

To sign up please email Brendan.OConnor@MyFWC.com and I will provide a link to the sign up sheet and answer any questions.

 

2020 Exhibits

This year the exhibitions will include the following species/topics

  • American alligators
  • Spotted seatrout
  • Snapping alligator turtle
  • Research information on Florida’s reef tract and corals
  • Aquatic nonnative plants
  • Largemouth bass
  • African spurred tortoise
  • Lionfish
  • Bream
  • Bay scallops
  • Black drum