Coastal Connections, Inc. (CCinc), is a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit with a mission to protect coastal habitats by educating and connecting people to the environment. We are seeking one conservation and sustainability outreach specialist to lead sea turtle conservation projects and community sustainability programs in Vero Beach, Florida. There will be one unpaid specialist intern position available March-August (approx. 20 weeks); start and end dates are semi-flexible. The Specialist will be expected to work up to 30 hours per week in an office, remotely at home, and outside in the elements leading by example for Volunteers and Conservation Assistants. All applicants are expected to fulfill roles professionally.
Sea Turtle Conservation
Identify species, locate and mark nests, and conduct nest excavations
Help manage sea turtle nesting database and daily data collection
Document, report and transport live and dead stranded marine life
Document and report adult and hatchling disorientations
Help coordinate and conduct public education presentations
Assist with nighttime artificial lighting surveys
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by a conservation and sustainability assistant to successfully perform essential functions.
Walk long distances on sand and stand for long periods of time
Spend long periods in the sun and hot climate
Conduct public presentations or community tabling events
Handle federally protected species
Assistants will frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and are expected to know how to swim. Many field duties will be completed outside where the environmental elements of heat, rain, and bugs are present. Assistants may be expected to work early mornings or late nights until all duties have been completed through all types of weather conditions.
Single Use Plastic Reduction and Recycling
Work cooperatively with community volunteers on a variety of projects
Manage Cleanup, WRAP and Beach Basket database
Manage Beach Basket and Vero Goes Zero volunteer schedules
Develop 2021 Plastic Alternatives Catalog
Incorporate local Green Teen group and ELC in plastic reduction initiative
Help fortify the WRAP recycling program and assist the WRAP Coordinator
Additional Leadership Needs
Provide leadership and support for first year Conservation Assistants
Develop standard operating procedures for CCinc programs
Serve as the CCinc Liaison for Local Government and Community meetings
Provide assistance with the Salsa donor management system
Help develop and implement fundraising efforts for the organization
Interested applicants should submit the following by Jan 30, 2021:
Resume or curriculum vitae
1-2 page letter of interest (including availability and contact information)
College transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
Two references (One academic and one professional. These should come directly from the reference).
Please email materials to:
Kendra Cope, M.S.
President and Founder
Coastal Connections, Inc
Applicants must be 18 years or older. College students or recent graduates with a conservation, biology, environmental science, coastal engineering or related degree who are responsible, adaptable, motivated, and have good attention to detail are encouraged to apply. Maturity and professionalism are necessary when interacting with the public, leading a team of CCinc volunteers, and assisting Indian River County staff. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US, posses a valid U.S. driver’s license, have a car or mode of transportation for daily work with valid insurance, be able to work well in teams and independently, and be willing to work in adverse conditions (i.e., humidity, heat, rain, sunlight, bugs). Applicants will be expected to commit 20 weeks during the summer, use proficient public speaking skills and work a flexible non-traditional schedule. A volunteer waiver will need to be executed before any work with CCinc can begin.