Sea Turtle Intern

Expected Dates
April 24, 2022 to October 1, 2022
Padre Island National Seashore
Position ID

May conduct daytime patrols on beaches to detect nesting sea turtles, stranded sea turtles and hatchlings.  May conduct nighttime patrols to release sea turtle hatchlings. Aids with documentation, investigation, and protection of nesting sea turtles, sea turtle nests.  May aid with attachment of various types of tags to nesting Kemp’s ridley and other sea turtles; retrieval, transport, and care for sea turtle eggs; transport and release of sea turtle hatchlings.  May stay overnight in Recreational Vehicle (RV) for up to 5 nights a week to aid with egg care and release sea turtle hatchlings (June through October).

Aids with documentation of live and dead stranded sea turtles found washed ashore on the beach or in the bay/channels.  Aid with transport of live and dead sea turtles.  May perform necropsies on dead sea turtles, collect specimen samples and analyze unhatched sea turtle eggs. May participate in various special studies and projects regarding live turtle capturing and surveys.  Will communicate and contact visitors and volunteers to exchange and provide information on nesting sea turtles, stranded sea turtles and hatchlings.

May 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 camping gear will be provided. 

May use computer to enter nesting and stranded sea turtle data using standard database, word processing and spreadsheet programs.   May use specialized computer software to prepare reports, figures, tables, label images, and other material to document field and survey activities.  Performs occasional maintenance and troubleshooting of four-wheel drive vehicles, 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. 

Intern compensation:

Living Allowance: $225 per week
Relocation Travel: $1,100 one time
Commuter Travel: $50 per week
Housing provided.

AmeriCorps Education Award available upon successful completion of this position.

*All allowances 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. 

Conditions of Employment

Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • 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. 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 and to access the work site.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Social Media
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
some experience