Time Period: April 1 – August 31, 2023
Apply now to join the Sea Turtle, Inc. conservation team for the summer 2023 field
The Sea Turtle, Inc. field technician position provides the unique opportunity to
gain experience working with the most critically endangered sea turtle, the Kemp’s
ridley, and enhance your hands-on sea turtle conservation skillset.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
● Conduct beach surveys
● On-call nesting response, including locating nests, tagging females, and excavating/relocating nests
● Collect morphometric data on nesting sea turtles
● On-call stranding response, including locating, retrieving, and documenting live
and deceased stranded sea turtles
● Respond to hatching activity overnight/at odd hours; including nest excavations,
data collection, and hatchling releases
● Maintain inventory and functionality of all nesting season supplies
● Data entry and accurate record keeping
● Assist the Conservation Field Supervisor with leading seasonal interns during field and hatchery work
● Assisting the Conservation Department with other duties and responsibilities as
needed, including but not limited to: vehicle and ATV maintenance, hatchery
up-keep, documenting/burying deceased sea turtles, etc.
Requirements: Ideal candidates will have a strong desire to learn, excellent communication and record-keeping skills, self-motivated, the ability to work independently and with a team, flexible daily schedule, and a positive attitude.
Qualifications: Must have previous experience with nesting sea turtles, including track identification, nest detection, and tag applications. Must be a recent college graduate in biological science, wildlife and fisheries science, or other related fields. 18+ years of age, U.S. Citizen, and valid U.S. driver’s license. Ability to pass a background check. Ability to work long hours, including holidays and weekends. Field technicians are expected to work 40 hours per week, often staying late if needed and being on-call for after-hours hatching and stranding response. Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs, and withstand hot and humid conditions. Experience with Kemp’s ridley nests/track identification, nest relocations, and hatchery management preferred.
Benefits/Housing: Off-site shared housing is provided on South Padre Island, TX along with a $60 per workday stipend. Housing is air-conditioned and equipped with basic furniture, Wi-Fi, kitchen and bathroom supplies. Please note, pets are not allowed in housing. Food and transportation not provided. Personal vehicle is not required on the island.
How to Apply:
Be prepared to provide the following information: Contact Information, Cover/Resume in
this field or adjacent field and prepare to answer the following two questions:
● What excites you most about this position
● What uniquely qualifies you for this position