The Sea Turtle Preservation Society is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization focused on sea turtle conservation. We have Volunteer opportunities
for members and non-members alike:
Please fill out a volunteer application online. You can email our Volunteer coordinator
Volunteer Opportunities for all:
Beach Clean-Up email: STPS has adopted Coconut Point Park in Melbourne Beach and Cherie Down Park in Cape Canaveral as part of the Keep Brevard Beautiful Adopt-a-Shore project. Volunteers pick up litter one Saturday a month from 8:00-noon. Volunteers can receive community service hours. Materials for cleanup activities are provided, including t-shirt, trash bags, gloves, sunscreen and tools.
Turtle Krawl 5K Fundraisers email: Our annual Turtle Krawl 5k Run/Walk fundraiser; all proceeds directly benefit the STPS. We need fundraisers as well as race day volunteers.
Volunteer Opportunities available to STPS Members:
Many of our Volunteer opportunities require specialized training as well as membership to STPS. Information of becoming a member is available on our website. Training begins with our Turtle Talks which are held, beginning in March, several times a month at various libraries. These are free and open to the public. Below is the schedule and click on the various dates for more information and to register. Additional training in various areas will be required for the specific tasks. You only need to take this once.
For the Turtle Talk Schedule, click here.
Stranding & Salvage :
The Stranding and Salvage team responds to calls for sick, injured, or dead sea turtles. Training is held yearly in the spring. The Team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These volunteers determine the disposition of the sea turtle, then transportation to a rehabilitation facility or carry out a burial. The Team also collects data for the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network in Florida. The Team releases sea turtles after they have been rehabilitated.
Nest Surveys : Teams conduct nest surveys for conservation on a 4 1/2 mile stretch of Cocoa Beach. Teams walk the beach 7 days a week from May through August. The Team collects data for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, identifying species of sea turtle tracks, false crawls, and nests. After the hatchling emergence period, the Team conducts nest inventories on approximately 25% of the nests to determine the success rate of its eggs.
Turtle Walks : The Loggerhead sea turtle nesting season peaks in Brevard County in June and July. Our Florida State Permit allows us to guide groups to observe nesting Loggerhead sea turtles. Special training, held in the spring, is required for our guides. (You must make contact no later than April, prior to the beginning of turtle walk season in June).
Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program : When specific weather events occur in the fall, STERP volunteers walk the beach to search the seaweed piles for trapped washbacks--in order to find and rescue these imperiled post-hatchlings. The volunteers then transport the washbacks to designated drop-off locations. These volunteers also educate the beach-going public on sea turtles do's and don'ts, using Sea Turtle Education Cards.
For the STERP Schedule , click here.
You can also register on the day of training. You will need to complete registration forms which will be handed out on the day of training during the first half hour. Once the training has been completed and all requirements are met, participants will be added to a Letter of Authorization (LOA), issued by the state.
Education: Volunteers visit schools, civic organizations, and environmental fairs, by request, to teach about sea turtles. Materials and training are provided.