Sea Turtle Protection & Nighttime Tagging Intern

Agency
Bald Head Island Conservancy
Location
Bald Head Island, NC
Job Category
Internships
Salary
Interns will receive a stipend of $600 per month (pre-tax). Also provided are shared living quarters in the BHI Conservancy dorm, utilities including wireless internet, parking for a vehicle at the Deep Point Marina, and a weekly ferry ticket for trips between the island and the mainland.
Start Date
05/16/2023
Last Date to Apply
01/01/2023
Website
https://bhic.org/who-we-are/internship-programs/
Description
Description The Bald Head Island Conservancy on Bald Head Island (BHI), NC, is seeking undergraduate juniors, seniors, or recent college graduates with fieldwork experience to join our nonprofit team dedicated to the conservation, education, and preservation of barrier islands. Duties consist primarily of conducting beach patrols via Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) or on foot to encounter and protect nesting sea turtles & their nests, as well as supporting scientific research, but will also include environmental education and other responsibilities essential to the function of a nonprofit organization. The Conservancy’s Sea Turtle Protection Program was established in 1983 in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service. BHI is primarily a nesting beach for loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles. This is a highly competitive position that is mentally and physically challenging, as interns will be working through inclement weather and buggy conditions. Position Responsibilities Conduct a mixture of dawn & night patrols from May to early November Apply flipper tags & Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to nesting sea turtles Assist in the collection & management of biological samples & biometric data Relocate imperiled nests & excavate nests to determine their success Maintain field equipment & vehicles Conduct a short project to enhance our research mission Educate the public about sea turtle ecology & beach etiquette during nesting Assist in sea turtle stranding response, including participation in necropsies Assist with various duties associated with non-profit business management Details The internship term is Tuesday, May 16 through Friday, August 15, 2022. Sea turtle interns work a nocturnal schedule from 9 pm - 7 am with 4 nights on 1 night off, conducting beach patrols via Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) or on foot to encounter and protect nesting sea turtles & their nests, as well as supporting scientific research. The average workweek is 50 - 60 hrs, with 1 day off per week. Weekend/Holiday work is required. Interns live in provided on-campus housing. More details at https://bhic.org/who-we-are/internship-program/. COVID-19 vaccination is required. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed in line with Bald Head Island, Brunswick County, and North Carolina standards. No exemptions or exceptions. Interns will live and work on an island only accessible by ferry. Compensation Interns will receive a stipend of $600 per month (pre-tax). Also provided are shared living quarters in the BHI Conservancy dorm, utilities including wireless internet, parking for a vehicle at the Deep Point Marina, and a weekly ferry ticket for trips between the island and the mainland. How to Apply Email a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references as 1 PDF to Paul Hillbrand at intern@bhic.org. In the email header, please write “Summer Sea Turtle Internship.” The application deadline is 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Direct questions to Paul Hillbrand, Sea Turtle Biologist, at seaturtle@bhic.org.
Qualifications
Rising juniors, seniors, or recent graduates from an accredited college or university Background and/or degree in Ecology, Biology, Marine Science, Env. Science or related field Excellent communication skills & comfort interacting with diverse groups of people Proficiency with MS Office, Google Suite, & good handwriting Ability to both be self-directed & work closely within a small team Ability to persevere under stressful conditions in a physically challenging environment Ability to remain alert & focused while driving long overnight hours Valid U.S. Driver’s License, be able to lift 40 lbs & pass a background check
Contact Person
Paul Hillbrand
Contact eMail
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