Internship with the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program

30 01 2010

Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program

Contact: Kendra Garrett: kendra.garrett@mote.org

Period

Internships are available between May and the end of October 2010.
Commitment of ten weeks minimum is required. Starting dates are
flexible.

Location

Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

Background Information

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program
(STCRP) supports conservation measures for the marine turtles of the
central Gulf coast of Florida through the collection of fundamental
biological data about the nesting, hatching, foraging and migrations
of sea turtles in Sarasota County. Mote personnel, interns and a
network of volunteers monitor the beaches in Sarasota County (35
miles) to document Caretta caretta (loggerhead) and Chelonia mydas
(green turtle) nesting and hatching success. Mote’s Sea Turtle
Conservation and Research Program communicates with other biologists
statewide who are working to increase the survivability of federally
protected marine turtles.

Duties

Sea turtle nesting/hatching season begins in May and runs through
October. Interns involved with the STCRP can participate for a minimum
of 10 weeks and will be primarily responsible for conducting early
morning beach surveys (at dawn) to document sea turtle activity
(verifying and marking new nests, nest excavations, etc…). Field work
is strenuous, requires long hours, and is conducted every morning of
the field season despite inclement weather. This can lead to hot,
buggy, or wet conditions. When not on the beach, interns will also
assist with data entry, scheduling, fund-raising programs, and public
education and outreach. Typical work hours are 6am – 3pm, but longer
hours may be required at times.

Requirements

College students that are adaptable, responsible, hard working,
willing to learn, and have an attention to detail are encouraged to
apply. Marine Science/Biology/Ecology background preferred. Must be
able to take initiative and work under minimal supervision. Applicants
should be in good physical shape as work conditions can include high
temperatures and humidity, exposure to intense sunlight, walking long
distances in soft sand, and carrying up to 30lbs. Experience with MS
Access a plus.

Interns must have a dependable vehicle to travel to and from beach
locations and a valid driver’s license (reimbursement available for
documented and approved mileage).

Benefits/Costs

Interns are responsible for their food and accommodations.

Additional Contact Information
Please e-mail your resume to Kendra Garrett at kendra.garrett@mote.org
if you are interested and plan on completing a full application. In
addition, complete and submit an application, which can be found at
the link below. Please indicate Sea Turtle Conservation and Research
as one of your program choices and detail your previous sea turtle
experience in your application.

Apply for a Mote Internship now!
About Us

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it
was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key
part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and
has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an
Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.


Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program
Mote Marine
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Office: (941) 388-4441 ext. 308
Cell: (941) 302-4755
Fax: (941) 388-3547


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