Loggerhead Sea Turtle Project Intern

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, April 30, 2021, 11:00pm


Awendaw, SC
United States

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Friends of Coastal SC is seeking a full time field intern to assist with sea turtle season on Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. This is your opportunity to directly impact the conservation of loggerhead sea turtles at South Carolina’s most active nesting sites, while also getting great experience with sea turtle nest management and general national wildlife refuge operations.

Daily activities working in the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge loggerhead sea turtle nest protection program will include:

  • Assisting with transport of equipment to and from the sea turtle nesting island.
  • Preparing supplies and materials needed for sea turtle nesting season.
  • Daily surveys of nesting beaches.
  • Conducting data collection.
  • Locating and translocating sea turtle nests in erosional areas.
  • Installing predator guards around nests, inventorying nests for hatch success, and disassembling hatcheries and predator guards at the end of the nesting season.
  • Assistance monitoring shorebird nesting areas may also be required 1-2 days a week.
  • Taking photos during daily activities to share with our social media team.

The ideal applicant should:

  • Have current USFWS ATV training.
  • Have current USFWS MOCC training.
  • Experience boating in southeastern estuaries strong preferred.
  • Have an interest in resource conservation and habitat and wildlife management.
  • Have the ability to do physically demanding work for extended periods of time: heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs), walking in uneven terrain, shoveling sand, post hole digging, digging holes by hand, and stooping and bending are required.
  • Have the ability to work in adverse weather and harsh conditions of the barrier islands of the refuge: extremely hot temperatures, biting insects, prickly vegetation, thunderstorms, and no access to facilities on the islands.
  • Be willing to travel via boat to and from the island every day, rough wave action is encountered frequently.
  • Have the willingness to complete any necessary training provided by staff.
  • Have commitment to report for work on dates schedules.
  • Possess a valid state driver’s license
  • Be creative, flexible, and self-motivated.
  • Be willing to work occasional weekends and/or evenings.

*Preference will be given to applicants with current USFWS MOCC and ATV training*

Time-frame, Compensation, and Additional Details:

  • Internship is fulltime; mid-May through mid-August. Start date is dependent on ongoing COVID-19 crisis. End date flexible.
  • Field crew housing is available at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in Awendaw, South Carolina.
  • A small monthly stipend is available.

How to Apply:

Send brief cover letter (one page maximum), resume (1-2 pages), and three professional references to Grace Gasper at coastalsc.jobs@gmail.com. Please submit all requested information together in a single Word or PDF document labeled first name.last name.