Husbandry AmeriCorps Member – Jekyll Island Georgia

Georgia Sea Turtle Center- Jekyll Island Authority

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a state-of-the-art facility providing medical care to sick and injured sea turtles and many other species of native coastal wildlife (birds, snakes, alligators, and all chelonians). The center rehabilitates threatened and endangered sea turtles with a variety of conditions, including but not limited to boat strike trauma, cold stunning, fisheries interaction, and disease (debilitated turtle syndrome, fibro papillomatosis, etc.). Through wildlife rehabilitation, research, and education programs, the GSTC increases awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promotes responsibility for ecosystem health, and empowers individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment.

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. More than 75,000 Americans across the country participate in AmeriCorps each year. All of them tackle different community needs in different ways to make our people safer, stronger, and healthier; to strengthen our communities; and to Get Things Done for America. For information, please visit https://americorps.gov.

 

Position Description and Essential Functions

  • Conduct all aspects of turtle husbandry
    • Tank and filtration maintenance, diet preparation, feeding and behavioral observation, laundry, facility maintenance, and other projects as needed
    • Complete feeding logs and daily husbandry reports and report any behavioral abnormalities or changes in daily routine to veterinary staff
  • Assist full time staff with turtle treatments and diagnostic evaluations
    Animal restraint for bandage changes, blood draws, tube feeding, radiographs, etc. (wearing waders and entering tanks may be required)

    • Preparing treatment supplies
    • Record data and notes as needed, especially during entrance exams and treatments
    • Regularly weigh patients based on their treatment schedule
    • Participate in diamondback terrapin road mortality project
  • Public education and awareness
    • Work alongside husbandry volunteers throughout the day
    • Answering questions from visitors while performing daily tasks
    • Conduct veterinary education programs
    • Participate in behind-the-scenes tours
  • Assist with various research projects
    • Diamondback terrapin patrols and population assessment
    • Debilitated sea turtle study
    • DBT egg incubation and hatchery study
    • Other field projects as coordinated
    • Assist with other departments at the GSTC as needed (exhibits, outreach programs)
    • Participate in outreach events, school group activities, and monthly classes.

General Requirements

  • Knowledge of animal husbandry practices/experience working in animal husbandry.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of work.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • Positive attitude and a desire to learn.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team ethic, and cooperation for living and working in a group setting.
  • Excellent and honest communication with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • The ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • A flexible schedule that will include working long shifts, holidays, evenings, and weekends.
  • Tolerance of extreme heat, high humidity, precarious weather and tides, and biting insects.
  • Strong public speaking skills for communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Proficient computer skills, especially Microsoft Access.

AmeriCorps Program Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

  • 18+ years of age.
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien.
  • Ability to obtain a U.S. driver’s license.
  • Consent to criminal history, background, and fingerprint checks to be cleared for service.

Preferred Requirements/Qualifications

  • 3rd year undergraduate or beyond.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or Marine Science.

Salary and Benefits

Living allowance ($16,500 for a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over 12 months), island amenity passes, Jekyll Island parking pass, education award ($6,345*), and student loan forbearance.

Housing

Optional and partially subsidized shared housing on Jekyll Island is available. If this option is selected, $200* per month rent surcharge (including utilities) will be automatically deducted from payroll, along with a $100* ($50* refundable) security deposit. Houses have limited-bandwidth internet and air-conditioning; they are also equipped with basic furniture and kitchen supplies. You must provide your own linens, towels, and food. Not provided but available: telephone and cable. Pets are not allowed.

To apply for this job please visit www.jekyllisland.com.