There are several volunteer programs that benefit area water resources in Pinellas County. Coordination and training for each is provided by the County. Read about the programs below and let us know of your interest by filling out the volunteer form.
Residents who live on stormwater ponds in unincorporated Pinellas County may want to join with their neighbors in creating an Adopt-A-Pond group. Benefits include receiving advice and assistance from the County to achieve benefits such as: improved water quality, habitat restoration, drainage improvement, flood protection, and increased environmental stewardship. Participants in the Adopt-A-Pond program will work together to improve their communities by designing, implementing, and maintaining a 5-year plan for their stormwater ponds. Activities can include invasive plant removal, native plantings, pond cleanup events, and neighborhood outreach and education.
Storm Drain Marking*
“Only Rain Down the Drain”. “No Dumping, Drains to Lake”. These are some of the messages volunteers can help get out to the public. Many people are not aware that the storm drains in their streets may carry water directly to a nearby river, lake or pond. This water does not get cleaned up before entering the water body. The markers are adhered directly to the concrete drain provide and immediate reminder that nothing but rain water should enter this drain. Volunteers will receive storm drain markers and adhesive. Marking can be done as your personal schedule permits.
* This opportunity is available only in unincorporated areas of the County.
Outreach volunteers distribute informational materials on water conservation, stormwater best management practices, County fertilizer ordinance, etc., at workshops, festivals, and other public events.
Interns will gain professional and technical experience by performing tasks in support of the Environmental Management Division’s many ongoing projects. The Division will coordinate assignment of tasks to satisfy high school and college graduation requirements based on program needs and the student’s interest, skills, and availability. The Division’s goal for hosting internships is to promote partnerships with academic institutions and to share knowledge and experience that strengthen environmental awareness in the community.