This position is located in the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, assisting with a variety of sea turtle science and recovery projects at Padre Island National Seashore. Field work will be conducted in diﬃcult and varied ﬁeld conditions, which include high temperatures, wind, and humidity.
Conducts daytime patrols on beaches to detect nesting by Kemp’s ridley and other sea turtles. Stays overnight in Recreational Vehicle (RV) for up to 5 nights a week to release sea turtle hatchlings (June through September).
Aids with documentation, investigation, and protection of nesting sea turtles, sea turtle nests, and live and dead sea turtles found washed ashore on the beach. May aid with attachment of satellite transmitters to nesting Kemp’s ridley turtles; retrieval, transport, and care for sea turtle eggs; transport and release of sea turtle hatchlings; transport of live and dead sea turtles; and necropsy of dead sea turtles.
Operates a four-wheel drive vehicle and Utility-Transport Vehicles (UTV) to conduct ﬁeld activities, transport gear to other patrollers in the ﬁeld, transport live and dead turtles, transport eggs and hatchlings. Driving is often on remote, rough and unstable sandy beaches. Necessary training, work vehicles, safety gear, and routine camping gear will be provided.
May use computer to enter nesting and stranded sea turtle data using standard database, word processing and spreadsheet computer software packages. May use specialized computer software to prepare reports, ﬁgures, tables, and other material to document ﬁeld activities. Performs occasional maintenance of UTVs communication radios, and other ﬁeld equipment. Loads, unloads, and maintains material and gear.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position involves walking, bending, stooping, standing, sitting, and lifting up to 50 lbs. Will be required to drive a Utility Transport Vehicle (UTV) and/or four-wheel drive vehicle for an extended period of time, often up to 10 hours. The work schedule may include a variety of work shifts, including working day and night shifts, weekends, and holidays.
This appointment is subject to a background investigation and favorable adjudication.
This position is not eligible for the AmeriCorp education award.
Padre Island National Seashore is on North Padre Island and is located near Corpus Christi, Texas. The climate is very humid and temperatures range from 30 degrees on the coldest winter days to 98 degrees on very hot summer days. A small Concessions Store is located at the Malaquite Visitor Center. Gas stations, restaurants, drug and grocery stores are available on the island, approximately 13 miles north from the Park Headquarters (the member service location). A larger variety of amenities are available in Corpus Christi, approximately 23 miles away. There is no regularly scheduled public or commercial transportation to the Park. A personal vehicle is required to access local amenities.
Member will participate in a 1.5 week-long required training:
1. Sea Turtle Biology: Nesting and Stranding Training
2. CPR and First Aid Training
3. NPS Safety Management and Hazardous Communication
4. UTV Safety and Operation Training
1. May participate in the NPS Wellness Program, which includes use of the ﬁtness facilities located at the Park.
2. Attend Ranger-led Interpretive Programs
3. Fishing, birding, swimming, kayaking, shell-hunting
- degree minor or extensive experience
- Resource Management
- some coursework or experience
- Field Research
- competent without supervision
- some experience
- Horseback Riding
- some experience
- Volunteer Coordination
- competent with supervision
- Heavy Equipment
- some experience