Sea Turtle, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a three-part mission of public education, sea turtle rehabilitation and conservation located on South Padre Island, Texas. Within our facilities, we offer educational presentations and a self-guided tour so visitors can view our rehabilitating patients and learn about sea turtle biology and conservation. Additionally, Sea Turtle, Inc. is responsible for nest conservation in the Rio Grande Valley. On average, our hospital admits approximately 40 - 100 sea turtles each year.
Sea Turtle, Inc. is looking for three interns to assist the Conservation Department with all activities related to the 2021 sea turtle nesting season. Interns will work with our conservation team to patrol, excavate, relocate, and protect sea turtle nests. Interns will also participate in overnight shifts to assist with sea turtle hatching activity. The ideal candidate will have great interest in field conservation and must be extremely comfortable working in adverse weather conditions at irregular hours.
The Sea Turtle, Inc. Conservation Intern responsibilities include:
• Conducting ATV patrols 4-5 times per week in adverse weather conditions including high winds, direct sunlight, high heat, and humidity.
• Tagging and collecting morphological data on sea turtle nesting females.
• Assisting with excavating and relocating sea turtle nests.
• Assisting in finding, retrieving, and documenting stranded sea turtles.
• Camping overnight to assist with sea turtle hatching activity, including excavation, data collection, and hatchling releases.
• Assisting Conservation Department with other duties and responsibilities related to the field conservation program including: vehicle and ATV maintenance, hatchery up-keep, documenting/burying deceased sea turtles, field equipment inventory and maintenance, among others.
Shared housing provided on South Padre Island, Texas with $35 per workday stipend. Houses are air-conditioned and equipped with basic furniture, Wi-Fi, and kitchen supplies. Please note, pets are not allowed in housing. Food and transportation not provided. Personal vehicle is not required on the island. A 40-hour work week is typical for this position includes long hours, including having to work holidays, weekends, and being on call for after-hours sea turtle activity. Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience working with nesting sea turtles.
How to Apply: Email resume, list of 3 professional references, and a letter of interest to Mariana Devlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Ability to perform daily field work in high heat and humidity environment
• Desire to learn
• Ability to adapt to changing schedules
• Self-motivated and able to work independently and with a team
• Education or experience in environmental science or marine biology
• Positive attitude
• Previous experience working with nesting sea turtles preferred
The following physical demands must be met to successfully perform the essential duties of this position. While performing the responsibilities of the position, interns are frequently required to sit, walk, stand, bend, bend, kneel, climb and/or crouch; using hands and fingers to handle or feel; ability to reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The intern must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.