The SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) seeks an independent, self-motivated individual able to work alone without supervision to manage a nesting project for threatened loggerhead sea turtles on South and Sand Islands, barrier islands on the coast of South Carolina. The beautiful 24,000 acre Tom Yawkey Center is secluded (15 miles from nearest town) accessible only by boat. There is a rustic communal house, private bedroom with a living area and small kitchen provided. Limited cell phone reception and internet access available. Several other SCDNR staff and their families also live on the island. This position works up to 40 hours per week and can include weekends and holidays.
QUALIFICATIONS: Valid driver's license, good driving record and ability to change tires and jump start vehicles. Must be a U.S. citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be comfortable in small boats, can operate a kayak and swim. All applicants must be accustomed to physically demanding outside work conditions including extreme heat, humidity, rain, direct sunlight, uneven terrain (sand) and biting insects. Daily computer data entry required. A degree in wildlife biology or a related discipline highly preferred and experience working with threatened and endangered species.
SEA TURTLE MANAGEMENT DUTIES:
• Patrol the four-mile undeveloped beach on South Island at dawn seven days a week for signs of sea turtle nesting activity from the previous night
• Kayak to adjacent Sand Island and patrol the three-mile beach for nesting activity
• Verify all nesting crawls
• Relocate nests if necessary
• Monitor nests throughout their incubation and maintain identification flags
• Screen all nests to prevent predation
• Work as part of a team to patrol the beach to discourage predation of sea turtle nests
• Operate a four-wheel drive truck and an ATV for transportation on the island
• Paddle a kayak across approximately 550 yards from one island to the other
• Conduct inventories after hatchlings emerge to determine hatching results
• Collect an egg shell from each nest and properly store for DNA research
• Collect basic data from stranded sea turtle carcasses
• Maintain equipment (ATV, truck) and house
• Enter all data into an online database equitably between technicians
• Produce end of the year annual reports
Applicants should submit a Cover Letter (including dates of availability), Resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Yawkey Tech” in the subject line.