• Conservation Education • Research Library • Office/Clerical • Natural Resources Planning • Fish/Wildlife • Science • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
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Main Goals for This Position to Accomplish:
This position supports the National Park Service by providing assistance with the Turtle T.H.i.S. program with coastal dark night sky research in coordination with the Resource Education Division of Gulf Islands National Seashore. This educational program supports and promotes stewardship through science-based activities and events for schools and the public. The project exists to involve citizens in the collection of ambient light data for coastal species of concern, such as sea turtles.
Brief Description of Work to be Performed:
Major Duties include: data collection and processing, using scientific methods, using light meters to collect visible and blue wavelength light readings along the shoreline and at transects, locating sample locations using GPS and maps to collect ambient light data, accompanying Turtle T.H.i.S. Interns on the UTV, setting up required equipment for specific project types in multiple beach or residential locations, cleaning equipment and keeping all work facilities organized, assisting with training other volunteers in accordance with volunteer practices for the Turtle T.H.i.S. program, assisting with research and literature reviews, and reporting data and findings to peers, classrooms, and the National Park Service at conferences, local outreach events, and in the park.
Knowledge and/or Skills Required:
Background knowledge of scientific method, basic ecology and/or biology, and natural history is helpful, but not required. Excitement of the outdoors, sea turtles, or natural resource and environmental stewardship is preferred. Training on use of light meter, transect protocol, and other projects is provided.
Time Commitment & Requirements:
Volunteers must work at least 12 hours a month (about 2-3 shifts per month). Participation more than once a week is preferred. More than 3 missed shifts will result in your pending dismissal as a volunteer from the Turtle T.H.i.S. project.
Night time shifts are tentatively between the hours of 4pm-12am, although start times vary depending on environmental factors. Please discuss with the supervisor when setting up your schedule, so you are aware of the time required of you.
If interested in group, family, or short term opportunities please email Turtle_THIS@nps.gov for more details.
Tools, Equipment, and Vehicles to be Operated:
Government Vehicles and UTVs will only be operated in the case of an emergency situation and if the volunteer has the required training and current FL driver license.
In the office, volunteers are permitted to use all office supplies, general administrative equipment, and light support as needed and designated by the supervisor.
In the field, or for field purposes, light meters, clipboards, waterproof paper, flashlights, headlamps, GPS and mapping will be provided.
Location of Work Duties:
Duty Station: Naval Live Oaks Headquarters located in Gulf Breeze, FL.
All beaches in Gulf Islands National Seashore, FL. (Santa Rosa, Fort Pickens, Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach)
Physical Requirements of Work:
Work may be conducted indoors or outdoors. This program has a significant outdoor component. The person may encounter steep, slippery, and/or uneven slopes and surfaces, and will endure long periods of walking and bending over or crouching on soft sand. Moderate hiking ability is required, and water and snacks should be carried at all times. A hat and sunscreen is recommended if shift starts before sunset. Insect repellant (deet free preferable) long sleeves, and pants are recommended. The volunteer may experience a wide range of environmental conditions including heat and high humidity, cold, sand, and wind. Work will not be cancelled because of rain, prepare as necessary. Volunteers will take the proper precautions for dangerous wildlife, to include: poison ivy, ticks, water moccasins, rattlesnakes, and coyotes all of which exist within the park.
Long term volunteers will wear a Turtle T.H.i.S. T-shirt at all times when volunteering. Khaki, black, or brown pants are required. Shorts are allowed in the field, unless otherwise stated by the supervisor. Closed toed shoes must be worn at all times. Volunteer should consider predicted weather conditions before arriving on-site.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
The volunteer’s work contributes to the understanding of park natural resources and influences park visitor’s opinions, attitude and enjoyment of the park. The volunteer gains knowledge in citizen science and STEM related work experiences, equipment handling, education and interpretation, and management responsibilities. The volunteer gains access to training workshops, networking opportunities, conference experiences, and other forms of community engagement and participation events. The volunteer has a direct effect on individual and group safety, comfort, and appreciation of park values, as well as the protection of park resources.
Position Supports which Section of Park:
The position is under the Resource Education (RED) team. Communication with the Science and Resource Stewardship team is vital to the program.
Volunteer will work under the guidance and support of lead intern staff designated on the work schedule.
Scope of Contacts:
As representatives of Gulf Islands National Seashore and the U.S. National Park Service, volunteers will act accordingly during engagement with diverse guests during their service at the park.
Volunteers will participate in an initial training period to determine further interest.
Park funds must be allocated to complete a background investigation for every volunteer. Only serious inquiries will be considered. Please keep this in mind when determining your interest.
Volunteer work is determined day by day. Environmental factors or lack of data for collection may result in cancellation of volunteer hours for the night. We appreciate all the help we can get, but also value our volunteers’ time and will assess work needed on a daily basis.
Age Limitations and Instructions:
All volunteers under the age of 16 are required to have a chaperon present. Chaperons accompanying volunteers under the age of 16 will need to sign up as a volunteer as well and go through the background investigation process. All volunteers under the age of 18 require the signed permission of a parent or legal guardian.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing available. No RV accommodations available.