Edisto Beach State Park is seeking three summer interns for the 2021 loggerhead sea turtle nesting season. We require the help of the interns from mid-May to mid-August during the peak nesting months. During the internship, interns will be trained to conduct sea turtle nesting patrols, night patrols and assist with educational programs held for our guests.
The field work includes conducting early morning patrols to monitor for sea turtle nesting and hatching activity, marking new nests, excavating hatched nests, relocating endangered nests, protecting nests against predation, and recording data accurately and completely on all data forms.
Night patrols consist of documenting members of the public on the beach at night and engaging with our guests to inform them on our nesting sea turtles. During the months of June and July, interns will assist the Sea Turtle Specialist with leading an educational night walk for the public, three nights a week, which begins with a 45-minute presentation and then a 3-mile walk to look for a nesting sea turtle or emerging hatchlings. Nearing the end of July, the interns will have the opportunity to give the presentation and lead the walk.
As well as sea turtle activities, interns will assist at the Environmental Learning Center, directed by the Interpretive Ranger. Tasks will include interacting with the public, assisting with animal husbandry of our various native species, creating new displays and helping to run the front welcome desk by answering the phone and processing payments.
Interns will be scheduled for approximately 30hrs/week. The number of hours and type of work will vary from week to week. The start date and end date for this internship is flexible based on the candidate's school schedule.
Currently enrolled in post-secondary education, working towards a bachelor’s degree in a related area of study
Comfortable with public speaking and engaging with guests
Able to work independently as well as in a team setting with staff and volunteers
Physically able to walk long distances while carrying supplies in soft sand
Must be able to work early mornings and late nights while maintaining a positive attitude in hot, humid, sunny, rain, and buggy conditions!
Comfortable living in a remote area in shared housing
Have access to own vehicle during your stay
Able to pass a background check
Passion for the environment, the ocean and of course, sea turtles!
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Leah Schwartzentruber, Sea Turtle Specialist, at: email@example.com