Sea Turtle Research Program 2020 Call for Research Assistants/Interns
CHRISTIANSTED — Buck Island Reef National Monument is seeking applicants for the position of “sea turtle research assistant” (intern) to conduct sea turtle research and monitoring. The deadline to apply is tomorrow.
This will be the 33rd year of the Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program, a long-term monitoring, research and conservation project supported by the National Park Service (NPS), Buck Island Reef National Monument. Buck Island is a nesting beach for hawksbill, green, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles.
The project will begin in mid-July and extend for 15 weeks into late October 2020 (applicants must state availability in their cover letter) and are expected to stay the length of the project upon selection. This is a highly-competitive project that is physically and mentally intense, aimed at people who want to make ecology/resource management their career.
Access to the island is by boat only, where there are minimal facilities. Ability to navigate rugged terrain, work in adverse weather conditions and among biting insects and poisonous and spiny plants. Shifts last up to 12 hours and require interns to work effectively on a nocturnal schedule. Interns must work equally effectively as a team and individually.
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