Sea Turtle Interns (PO-00735347)

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. 

SCA members will work in office and field environments to complete various sea turtle conservation tasks, including (1) data collection and entry to document sea turtle nests and stranding events, (2) nest protection, hatchling releases, public education, and related restoration tasks, and (3) training and mentorship sessions.

SCA members will operate 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 field gear will be provided. 

SCA members will be engaged in a variety of conservation and research activities. Work milestones depend upon environmental conditions, which generally include working with stranded turtles throughout the project period (which occurs year-round), nesting activities April to August, and egg monitoring/hatchling releases from June to October.

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 8-10 hours.  The work schedule may include a variety of work shifts, including working day and night shifts, weekends, and holidays. 

With coordination from the Division of Interpretation and the Park’s Public Information Officer, there will be opportunities to support educational activities during public sea turtle releases.

Living allowance: $570 per week
Commuter allowance: $50.00 per week
$1,100.00 one-time living allowance

This position qualifies for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

*All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

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Position ID: PO-00735347

Expected Dates: August 28, 2023 - November 19, 2023

20301 Park Road 22
Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Training Provided: Member will participate in a 1-week-long required training: 1. Sea Turtle Biology: Nesting & Stranding Training 2. CPR & First Aid Training (when available) 3. NPS Safety Management & Hazardous Communication 4. UTV Safety and Operation Training

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Explore historical, cultural, and natural resources within the parks 60-mile wild barrier island coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Attend Ranger-led Interpretive Programs One-of-a-kind fishing, birding, swimming, kayaking, shell-hunting

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Wildlife Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

No public transportation or safe bike/walking paths are available to the Park work areas

Housing or Stipend Provided?
B. Partner will pay The SCA to provide housing for the member

SCA will rent housing near the park.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association