Volusia County Environmental Management is seeking one (1) motivated, team oriented individual to participate in the 2023 sea turtle and shorebird nesting season. Sea turtle nesting season is from May 1st to October 31st. Interested applicants are needed 30 hours a week to start in late April and work through the end of September or October.
This position includes sea turtle and shorebird nest monitoring work, as well as the opportunity to gain insight into the management of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), government administration, and enforcement of policies pertaining to the protection of endangered and threatened species. Self-starters and eager learners are highly encouraged to apply. Preferred applicants will have the ability to work four days a week.
• Conduct early morning sea turtle nesting surveys with volunteers under the supervision of a field biologist. This work includes monitoring, marking, and excavating sea turtle nests, while recording all necessary data.
• Data entry including the use of Microsoft Access and Excel programs to accurately record biological data and track other HCP- related information.
• Operate and maintain field equipment including four-wheel drive vehicles, iPads, and GPS units.
• Distribute educational materials to coastal residents and businesses, interact positively with the public, and participate in educational outreach events.
• Conduct shorebird nest surveys and perform educational stewardship activities.
• Observe aspects of environmental permitting in relation to coastal construction projects.
• Additional opportunities may include monitoring other coastal wildlife, assisting with planning the International Coastal Clean-up Day Event and other volunteer events, responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, and making connections for future opportunities within this field of interest.
All applicants must be 21 years or older, pass a background check, and have or be able to obtain a Florida drivers license. Selected persons must be able to handle physically demanding field conditions including extreme heat, moderate rain, and biting insects.
*The preferred candidate will be available to attend one of the FWC Nesting Beach Survey Workshops*
This is an hourly part-time seasonal position. Starting rate $13/hour, 30 hours per week. The start date is flexible. Room/board/salary/benefits are NOT provided. A vehicle for work transportation will be provided.
Interested applicants must mail or e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references, along with available start/finish dates and number of days per week you are able to commit to:
Volusia County Environmental Management, 440 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Attn: Alexa Putillo or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications due by: February 10th, 2023
Please direct questions to Alexa Putillo email@example.com.