Volunteer Q&A: Nesting Surveys
So you’d like to volunteer with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society? We’re here to help you get started. This week, we will continue to feature information about each of our programs and the volunteer opportunities available. Please take a look and find what interests you, then either complete a volunteer application online at seaturtlespacecoast.org or attend our Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2020, in Room 109 next to our Turtle House at 111 S. Miramar Ave. in Indialantic, FL.
What type of program is this?
Our STPS Nesting Survey Program is conducted under a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Teams of volunteers document nesting activity on a 2-mile stretch of beach throughout sea turtle nesting season; data is reported to the state.
What would I do as a volunteer?
Volunteers work in teams to walk the assigned stretch of beach and document all nesting activity, including false crawls, nests, emergences and disorientations.
What is the time commitment?
Volunteers walk once a week throughout nesting season, typically mid-April through mid-September. Time on the beach ranges from less than an hour to several hours weekly during the height of the season. Volunteers should expect to walk on the beach for approximately two miles in a variety of conditions.
Are there any special requirements?
Those participating in the Nesting Survey Program need to complete additional training beyond Turtle Talk 101 and Volunteer Orientation. This is offered in March each year. Those volunteers listed on the permit need to complete biennial training conducted by FWC.
Are there any costs associated?
Nesting Survey Program shirts are available but aren’t required. Otherwise, sun protection, bug repellent and water are all that volunteers need to provide.
Who would I contact for more information or with any questions?
For questions or more information, contact the STPS Nesting Survey permit holder at firstname.lastname@example.org.