Volunteer Q&A: Stranding and Transport
What type of program is this?
Both of these programs operate under permits issued by the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Our STPS stranding and salvage team responds to reports of dead, sick, or injured sea turtles as directed by FWC. Our transport team takes these turtles to rehabilitation facilities for care and also helps move turtles between facilities as needed. STPS also operates a hotline for sea turtle emergencies.
What would I do as a volunteer?
Stranding volunteers respond to dead, sick, or injured sea turtles and report initial findings to FWC. Transport volunteers drive sea turtles to rehabilitation facilities as directed by FWC.
What is the time commitment?
Volunteers for these programs should be available 24/7 to respond to calls as requested. An average stranding call will require 2.5 hours to 3 hours; a transport call typically takes1.5 hours for a local facility, or several hours for a round trip to a more distant location.
Are there any special requirements?
In addition to Turtle Talk 101 and Volunteer Orientation, volunteers also will need to complete program specific training with the permit holder. Also, volunteers will need to complete FWC stranding/salvage training once every two years. STERP training may also be needed.
Are there any costs associated?
There are no specific costs associated with these programs. Equipment will be provided.
Who would I contact for more information or with any questions?
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