Leatherback Sea Turtle Project at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge – Seasonal Volunteer Opportunity – Us Virgin Islands

US Fish and Wildlife Service & The Ocean Foundation
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Room and Board, some travel provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Duties: All training will be provided. Perform regular nightly beach patrols of the 3.0-km beach every 45 minutes to intercept all nesting turtles. Patrol from 7:30 pm until 5:15 am. Tag nesting turtles with external flipper tags and internal PIT tags, collect genetic samples. Track the frequency and distribution of nesting activities by recording date, time and beach location for each activity. Relocate nests deposited in known beach erosion zones to stable beach areas. Protect hatchlings from emerging nests. Excavate emerged nests and collect data on hatch success. Maintain project equipment and vehicles. Maintain and clean communal housing. Perform data entry and error check; summarize data and prepare reports. Participate in outreach activities in the community and on the refuge as needed. Participate in refuge activities related to hurricane assessment and recovery.
Requirements: Optimal physical fitness required for walking ~10 miles each night in soft and wet sand, carrying a 25-lb backpack. Willingness to work when required (some weeks will be longer than 40 hours).Turtle experience is not required but would be helpful.Night fieldwork experience preferred, over an extended amount of time (not one or two nights).Patience to endure extreme outdoor conditions such as inclement weather (heat, humidity and rain), noxious insects (sand fleas and mosquitoes), and frequent changes in plans.Ability to work independently when required and as part of a team for the entire season.Enthusiasm and a positive attitude as field conditions vary daily and are unpredictable.Ability to live communally in shared housing in close quarters.Local applicants (US Virgin Islanders) are strongly encouraged to apply; regretfully we cannot accommodate any international applicants at this time.To apply, submit a cover letter detailing how you meet the requirements, include a brief resume and 3 references (with contact info) to Kelly Stewart and Claudia Lombard at SandyPoint.Leatherbacks@gmail.com. Deadline for applications is Thursday 9 November 2017.
Contact Person
Claudia Lombard & Kelly Stewart
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