Volunteer Opportunities available to STPS Members in Good Standing:
Many of our Volunteer opportunities require specialized training and an active membership to STPS. Volunteers must take Turtle Talk training one time prior to volunteering. Additional annual training in various areas will be required for specific programs. Once your application is approved, you will attend a Volunteer Orientation to learn more. Please check out our calendar for orientation and training dates.
Stranding & Salvage (as needed; training held annually): The Stranding and Salvage team responds to calls for sick, injured, or dead sea turtles. Training is held annually. The Team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These volunteers determine the disposition of the sea turtle, and potentially transport to a rehabilitation facility. 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.
Transport (as needed; training held annually): This FWC permitted program allows some of our volunteers to help assist the stranding team by transporting a turtle to rehab facilities through Brevard County and anywhere in Florida.
Nesting Surveys (active April through September; annual training offered in March): Volunteers conduct nest surveys for conservation on a 2 mile stretch of Cocoa Beach. Teams walk the beach 7 days a week from April through September. The team collects data for FWC, identifying species of sea turtle tracks, false crawls, and nests. After the hatchling emergence period, the team conducts nest inventories on approximately 20% of the nests to determine the success rate of its eggs.
Turtle Walks (active June and July; annual training offered in May): The loggerhead sea turtle nesting season peaks in Brevard County in June and July. Our FWC permit allows us to guide groups to observe nesting loggerhead sea turtles. Volunteers educate the group about sea turtles and walk the beach scouting for loggerhead sea turtles.
Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program (STERP) (as needed; annual training dates listed on calendar): When specific weather events occur in the fall, STERP volunteers walk the beach to search the seaweed piles for trapped post-hatchling washbacks–in order to find and rescue these imperiled post-hatchlings. The volunteers then transport the post-hatchlings to designated drop-off locations. These volunteers also educate the beach-going public on sea turtles dos and don’ts. Approved participants will be added to a Letter of Authorization (LOA), issued by the state and added to the STERP team.
Education (as needed; one time training required): Volunteers visit schools, civic organizations, and environmental fairs, by request, to teach about sea turtles.
Events (as needed): Volunteers represent STPS out in our community during community-sponsored events. Volunteers educate about sea turtles and our organization. At some events, volunteers sell merchandise and accept donations.
Communication (as need): Volunteers write about important events and updates with sea turtle conservation. We have opportunities with our quarterly newsletter, social media, and blog!