We're Hiring: Sea Turtle Positions Summer 2017

We're Hiring: Sea Turtle Positions Summer 2017

SCDNR sea turtle intern Ann Clark conducts an inventory of a hatched loggerhead nest on Botany Bay Plantation's beach in 2016. (Photo: E. Weeks/SCDNR)

SCDNR sea turtle intern Ann Clark conducts an inventory of a hatched loggerhead nest on Botany Bay Plantation's beach in 2016. (Photo: E. Weeks/SCDNR)

The last loggerhead nest of 2016 may have hatched months ago, but the season never really ends for SCDNR's sea turtle biologists. By the time they're done crunching numbers on the (record-breaking) previous year, it's time to start looking ahead to the upcoming nesting season.

Until February 10, we are accepting applications for two seasonal paid positions and one unpaid internship for the 2017 sea turtle season in South Carolina.

The right candidate for each of these positions doesn't mind early mornings and physically demanding work in hot, humid, and buggy conditions. The hours can be odd, the environment challenging, and the location remote, but technicians are rewarded with a summer of sunrises and independent, hands-on fieldwork documenting the nests of threatened and endangered sea turtles.

 

Sea Turtle Project Technician (2 Positions, Botany Location)

Work Dates: 26 April - 5 October, 2017

Location: Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area, Edisto Island, South Carolina

Background Information: The SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program is seeking a motivated individual for a seasonal technician position for the 2017 sea turtle nesting season at the Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area located on Edisto Island. Botany Bay Plantation is a 4,600-acre barrier island property approximately 50 miles southeast of Charleston, SC. A sea turtle nest protection project currently exists on the property and the beach can have over 400 nests per season. Work is predominantly conducted outside, seven (7) days per week with a maximum of 4-5 hours each day beginning in the early morning (daily schedule may change with tidal/weather conditions, etc.). All applicants must be accustomed to physically demanding outside work conditions including extreme heat, humidity, rain, direct sunlight, uneven terrain (sand) and insects.

Duties:

  • Conduct daily beach surveys at sunrise (~6 am) to monitor new turtle nesting activity and hatching emergences
  • Locate egg chamber and mark nests for evaluation
  • Determine if required and conduct nest relocation
  • Enact nest protective measures against predation
  • Document hatchling disorientations and conduct post-emergence nest inventories
  • Record all data accurately and completely on field forms and via electronic nest database
  • Document and assist with sea turtle strandings 
  • Responsible for basic ATV care including cleaning and fueling
  • Schedule and work with volunteers and members of the public

Requirements:

  • Educational background in biology, marine sciences or ecology is preferred
  • Sea turtle nesting monitoring or surveying experience
  • Applicant must be willing to take responsibilities seriously and demonstrate desire to learn
  • Enjoy working independently without direct supervision
  • Ability to lead others in a team situation with experience in field supervision preferred
  • Strong Communication skills, including experience interacting with the public
  • Competence with data entry, detail-oriented, problem-solving skills
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays
  • ATV operation experience
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must be a citizen of the United States

Hours/Salary: The number of hours will not exceed 40 hours per week. The seasonal technician will be paid $10.00 an hour. A private room within a shared house will be provided at Botany Bay Plantation. Applicant must provide their own transportation.

Contact: Applicants should submit a cover letter (including dates of availability), resume, unofficial college transcript and references (3) to seaturtles@dnr.sc.gov with “Botany Bay Technician Position” in the subject line. Application deadline is February 10, 2017.

Sea Turtle Project Intern (Unpaid, Botany Location)

Work Dates: The sea turtle nesting season runs from May – October and the position is open for that time period (start and end dates are flexible).

Location: Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area, Edisto Island, South Carolina

Background Information: The SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program is seeking a motivated individual for a seasonal intern position for the 2017 sea turtle nesting season at the Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area located on Edisto Island. Botany Bay Plantation is a 4,600-acre barrier island property approximately 50 miles southeast of Charleston, SC. A sea turtle nest protection project currently exists on the property and the beach can have over 400 nests per season. This individual will be assisting a staff member, who oversees the project and sets the schedule. The number of hours will vary but not exceed 40 hours per week. Communal housing will be provided at Botany Bay Plantation. Applicant must provide their own transportation.

Duties:

  • Conduct daily beach surveys at sunrise (~6 am) to monitor new turtle nesting activity and hatching emergences
  • Locate egg chamber and mark nests for evaluation
  • Conduct nest relocations if required
  • Enact nest protective measures against predation
  • Conduct post-emergence nest inventories
  • Document hatchling disorientations
  • Record all data accurately and completely on field forms and via electronic nest database
  • Document and assist with sea turtle strandings 
  • Responsible for basic ATV care including cleaning and fueling
  • Schedule and work with volunteers and members of the public

Requirements:

  • Educational background in biology, marine sciences or ecology is preferred
  • Applicant must be willing to take responsibilities seriously and desire to learn
  • Enjoy working independently without direct supervision
  • Ability to work well with others in a team situation
  • Strong Communication skills, including ability to interact with the public
  • In good physical condition to perform physically demanding work that involves extreme summer heat, humidity, rain, direct sunlight and outdoor conditions (insects, sand etc.)
  • Competence with data entry, detail-oriented, problem-solving skills
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must be a citizen of the United States

This position is unpaid. Skills you will learn:

  • Sea turtle nesting monitoring/ beach surveys and stranding response 
  • Computer experience using Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring Database hosted on seaturtle.org
  • ATV operation and working with volunteer team members
  • Field research techniques in conservation and coastal environment

Contact: Applicants should submit a cover letter (including dates of availability), resume, unofficial college transcript and references (3) to seaturtles@dnr.sc.gov with “Botany Bay Intern Position” in the subject line. Application deadline is February 10, 2017.

Loggerhead hatchling excavated from a nest inventory in 2016 (Photo: E. Weeks/SCDNR)

Loggerhead hatchling excavated from a nest inventory in 2016 (Photo: E. Weeks/SCDNR)

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