Ocean Career: Inwater Environmental Specialist

The environmental specialist position is a full-time, hourly position. The environmental specialist will be responsible for supporting the IRG team in year-round sea turtle removal and seasonal nesting beach activities as part of the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal Project.

Key Responsibilities

    • Capturing sea turtles primarily using tangle nets (with occasional use of Dip Net and Hand Capture techniques) as part of a 40+ year sea turtle capture and monitoring project
    • Perform standardized data collection on captured sea turtles, including morphometrics, applying tags, and visual health assessments
    • Capture, tag, and release of other species such as goliath grouper, sharks, rays, etc.
    • Perform stranding and recovery duties of sick, injured, or deceased sea turtles
    • Perform extensive morning sea turtle nest monitoring surveys
    • Identify species (leatherback, loggerhead, and green) and determine nesting activity of all crawls encountered
    • Verify, mark, observe, fate, and excavate marked nests
    • Data entry and QA/QC for multiple projects and databases
    • Basic maintenance and upkeep of equipment used (ATVs, nest markers, etc.)

Other duties could include but are not limited to:

      • Lead public sea turtle walks
      • Follow protocols and search methods for sighting protected species
      • Wherever necessary, implement required mitigation measures to avoid interference or negative impacts on protected species
      • Document data in an organized manner


      • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a biology field is required
      • Experience handling live, healthy, wild-caught sea turtles is required
      • Experience identifying nesting crawls for Loggerhead, Green, and Leatherback turtles is required
      • Must be a proficient swimmer
      • Must be comfortable working on and around small vessels (< 26 ft long)
      • Must be able to work independently without daily direct supervision
      • Must be a team player and a good communicator
      • Must be able to lift 100 lbs and assist moving animals exceeding 300 lbs
      • Must be safety conscious
      • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays
      • Must have a valid driver’s license
      • Must have flexibility for odd, unexpected, and long working hours and ability to work outdoors in extreme conditions (inclement weather, heat, humidity, insects, etc.)
      • Experience utilizing various in-water sea turtle capture methods is highly desired
      • Experience handling large marine animals (sharks, goliath groupers, rays, etc.) is desired
      • Experience verifying, marking, and excavating Loggerhead, Green, and Leatherback turtle nests to
      • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission INBS standards is desired
      • Experience working on medium to high-density sea turtle nesting beaches (~800 crawls/km in a season) is desired
      • Experience using ATVs is desired
      • Freediving experience or training is desired
      • Experience operating and trailering small vessels (< 26 ft long) is desired
      • We are a small non-profit, where a diversity of skills (grant seeking/writing, statistical analysis, fundraising, website management, etc.) is favored
      • Open to US citizens and/or international citizens with appropriate visas/paperwork prior to hiring

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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