2010 Volunteer Summer Internships

30 01 2010

Sea Turtle Program, Volusia County, Florida, USA

Volusia County Environmental Management is seeking (2) motivated, team
oriented individuals to participate in summer internships for the 2010
sea turtle nesting season.  Sea turtle nesting   season is from May 1 to
October 31. Interested applicants are needed for 2 days a week or more
over a 10 week period between May 1- September 30.  Work opportunities
are abundant and more time can be dedicated if it is desired by the
applicant.

The experiences you will gain from this position are limited only by
your initiative to learn.  The position is multifaceted and includes not
only sea turtle nest monitoring work, but an opportunity to gain insight
to management of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and government
administration, including enforcement of rules and regulations
pertaining to sea turtles and protection of the beach environment. Self
starters and eager learners are highly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for all applications is Monday, March 12, 2010.  The main job
functions are listed below but other opportunities may be possible based
on your level of interest and background education.

Conduct early morning sea turtle nesting surveys. This work includes
marking, relocating, and excavating sea turtle nests and recording all
necessary data under the supervision of a field biologist and along with
other volunteers.

Obtain experience handling four wheel drive vehicles including ATV’s.
A vehicle for work use will be provided.

Use sub-meter accurate GPS units to obtain waypoints at all nest sites
and use the associated software to obtain the data and manipulate it for
use in other applications.

Computer work including using Microsoft Access and Excel programs to
document sea turtle nesting data and other field obtained information.

Assist with sea turtle lighting surveys.

Other opportunities include other wildlife monitoring, bird and turtle
rehabilitation husbandry, coordination of beach clean up events,
responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, and making
connections for future opportunities within this field of interest.

All applicants must be 18 years or older, pass the physical and screen
test and have or be able to obtain a Florida Drivers License. Selected
persons must be able to handle physically demanding conditions including
extreme heat and insects.  Room/board/salary and benefits are NOT
provided.

Fulfillment of needed credit hours may be possible. Please direct
questions to Stacey Bell at
(386)238-4716 or visit www.volusiaseaturtles.org.

Interested applicants must send a cover letter (including dates
available for commitment) and resume to:
Volusia County Environmental Management
440 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Attn: Stacey Bell

Stacey Bell
County of Volusia Environmental Management
Sea Turtle HCP Field Manager
440 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114
(386) 238-4716
(386) 238-4772 (fax)

sbell@co.volusia.fl.us

http://www.volusiaseaturtles.org
http://www.volusia.org/green/

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