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 two interns to assist the Rehabilitation & Husbandry Department in our daily operations. Interns will have the opportunity to learn sea turtle rehabilitation methods and techniques through hands-on experiences, working directly with our rehab staff. Daily responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, feeding our residents and patients, food preparation, tank cleaning, and facility upkeep. Interns will also learn how to assist our rehab staff with medical treatments and surgical procedures.
• Feeding our resident sea turtles, rehab patients, and fish
• Monitoring animal appetite and general behavior
• Preparing food according to staff instructions
• Performing daily water quality on our resident and rehab tanks
• Assisting with new patient admittance and daily rehab procedures including stranding forms, restraint, calculating and administering medications, cold laser therapy, tube feeding, in-house blood work, applying PIT tags, and keeping medical records
• Assisting with on-site surgery and necropsies as needed
• Responding to and transporting live and dead sea turtle strandings
• Tank sanitation: skimming tanks and cleaning as needed while paying close attention to quarantine protocols
• Assist with mass cold stranding events which typically consists of multiple days in a row of 10-12 + hour workdays
• Facility upkeep: laundry, restocking, picking up trash, and cleaning as needed
• Complete an intern project and present it to staff at the end of the internship
• Perform other duties as assigned
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 stranding events. Preference will be given to applicants that are licensed/registered vet techs and/or have previous experience with wildlife rehabilitation and husbandry.
How to Apply: Email resume, list of 3 professional references, and a letter of interest to Nina Nahvi at email@example.com
• Applicants must be college graduates in biological science, wildlife and fisheries science, zoology, environmental science, veterinary technology, or other related fields
• Must be 18 years of age or older, hold a valid driver's license, and pass a criminal background check
• U.S. citizenship or permit to work in the U.S. is required
• Strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation and husbandry
• Excellent communication skills
• Self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently or as part of a team
• Attention to detail
• A desire to learn
• Must be comfortable working in adverse weather conditions including extreme temperatures and humidity
The following physical demands must be met to successfully perform the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. While performing the responsibilities of the position, interns are frequently required to sit, walk, stand, stoop, 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. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.