Georgia Sea Turtle Center Diamondback Terrapin AmeriCorps Member

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Jekyll Island, Georgia
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Benefits/Costs: Living Allowance ($13,732 for the twelve months), island amenities, education award ($5,920) at completion of service term. Housing available and student loan deferment. Housing: On-site shared house with utilities will be available. $100 dollar ($50 refundable) deposit required upon arrival with $200 rent deducted from stipend automatically each month. Houses are air-conditioned and equipped with basic furniture, Wi-Fi, kitchen and bathroom supplies. You must provide your own linens, towels, & food. Not provided by employer but available: telephone, and cable. Temporary JI parking pass will be supplied. Please note, pets are not allowed in housing. *Travel and transportation costs will not be covered by GSTC *Essential functions need to be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
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Duration of Program: September 1, 2018 –August 31, 2019 (1 position) The GSTC is a state-of-the-art facility providing medical care to sick and injured sea turtles and many other species of native coastal wildlife (birds, snakes, alligators and all chelonians). The center rehabilitates threatened and endangered sea turtles with a variety of conditions including but not limited to boat strike trauma, cold stunning, fisheries interaction and disease (debilitated turtle syndrome, fibropapilomatosis, etc.). Through wildlife rehabilitation, research and education programs, the GSTC increases awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promotes responsibility for ecosystem health and empowers individuals to act locally, regionally and globally to protect the environment. The diamondback terrapin member is a unique position in that it incorporates both chelonian husbandry and field aspects. The diamondback terrapin(DBT) member will be responsible for participating in all aspects of the diamondback terrapin conservation program including daily monitoring of the causeway during May through July, artificial nest mounds, data collection, inventory and maintenance of the DBT kits, and educating the public. The diamondback terrapin member will also be involved during the off season (September – April) in turtle husbandry including daily care, medical treatments, record keeping and participation in research projects. Position Description and Essential Functions: The GSTC DBT Member responsibilities will include but are not limited to: I. Conduct all aspects of the diamondback Terrapin Conservation Project • Monitoring the causeway, collecting data on DBTs encountered, filling out survey forms. • Assessing the data collected and entering into a data system (Microsoft Access). • Aiding in research on the causeway with outside collaborators where assigned. • Responsible for egg incubation and hatchery • Removing alive, dead, and injured terrapins from the roadways II.Conduct all aspects of turtle husbandry • Tank and filtration maintenance, diet preparation, feeding and behavioral observation, laundry, facility maintenance, and other projects as needed • Complete feeding logs and daily husbandry reports and report any behavioral abnormalities or changes in daily routine to veterinary staff. III. Assist full time staff with turtle treatments and diagnostic evaluations as needed. • Animal restraint for bandage changes, blood draws, tube feeding, radiographs • etc. (wearing waders and entering tanks may be required) • Preparing treatment supplies • Record data and notes as needed, during entrance exams and treatments • Regularly weigh patients based on their treatment schedule. • Participate in diamondback terrapin egg incubation. IV. Interaction with the public - answering questions from public on walkway while performing daily tasks. • Conduct veterinary education programs • Participate in behind the scenes tours • Conduct educational DBT outreaches • Assist in teaching DBT road survey training courses to staff and volunteers VI. Assist with various research projects • DBT Patrols and population assessment • DBT egg incubation and hatchery • Other field projects VII. Member project: • Each member will be required to complete an individual project that will demonstrate what they have learned throughout their experience with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Specifics: Service conditions include long hours, including holidays and weekends. Driving the GSTC center van during road patrols for terrapins. Must be able to lift a minimum of 40lbs, and withstand extreme heat/cold working environments. Service will include cleaning the tanks, laundry, food prep, feedings, and assisting with treatments as needed. Also will need to be available to come in during evening hours and perform various medical tasks (i.e. feeding, checking vital signs, administering medications, etc)
General Requirements: • Excellent communication and writing skills • Strong public speaking skills • Well-organized • Self-motivated and able to work independently and with a team • Basic computer skills • A desire to learn • Flexible daily schedule • Positive attitude Minimum Requirements/Qualifications: • 18+ yrs of age • Current undergraduate student or recent graduate • Prior experience with animal husbandry or B.S. in biological sciences • U.S Citizen • Ability to obtain a U.S. driver’s license Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation at . *No phone calls please
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Michelle Kaylor
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