January 11, 2017

2017 internships available

Florida Leatherbacks Inc. is looking for two leatherback research and tagging interns for upcoming research season.
 
Period
April 1 – June 30, 2017
 
Location
Martin County, Florida
Background Information
Florida Leatherbacks Inc. is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization located in southeast Florida dedicated to researching local nesting populations of leatherback sea turtles. Our work helps characterize critical biological parameters crucial to the conservation of the species. Nightly surveys are conducted during leatherback nesting season and each individual is identified, tagged, measured, and sampled. Our survey area covers approximately 40 km of beach and each night a team of 3-4 volunteers is responsible for documenting all leatherback nesting activity.
 
Duties
  • Conduct nightly surveys by ATV to identify nesting leatherbacks along approximately 10 km of beach (3-4 independent surveyors cover ~40 km of beach)
  • Nightly surveys are conducted from 9:30pm – 4:30am and interns will work 4-5 nights/week
  • Tag (flipper and PIT tags), measure, and sample nesting females
  • Identify the presence of nesting loggerhead and green sea turtles to eliminate disturbance
  • Assist with satellite transmitter deployment and recovery
  • Collect morphometric and behavioral data independently
  • Engage with and educate the general public on the nesting beach
 
Requirements
Work is conducted overnight and qualified candidates must be able to remain awake and alert while operating an all-terrain vehicle in harsh conditions (heat, bugs, rain). Current students or recent graduates in the biological fields are preferred. Interns must be comfortable working alone on remote beaches after receiving proper training. Must possess a valid driver’s license, a working smart phone, and be available for the duration of the research season. Prior experience with sea turtles and ATVs is preferred but not required. Must be able to work independently and with a team. Strong organizational and communication skills are essential. The job requires a fair amount of physical exertion so qualified candidates should be able to sit/stand for extended periods, be in good physical health, and be able to tolerate the heat and humidity of south Florida.
 
Benefits/Costs
Florida Leatherbacks Inc. is an entirely volunteer-based organization. There is no compensation for this internship and housing is not provided. Field work is based in Martin County, Florida.
 
Additional Contact Information
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Kelly Martin (Kelly@floridaleatherbacks.com). Application deadline is February 15, 2017.