Husbandry Education AmeriCorps Member – Jekyll Island Georgia

Georgia Sea Turtle Center- Jekyll Island Authority

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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.

Position Description and Essential Functions

The GSTC Husbandry Education Member is a fully integrated, cross-departmental position within the husbandry department of the GSTC with a focus on interpretation of husbandry and veterinary care. Member responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following.

  • Perform daily interpretive talks through the treatment room window on a microphone.
  • Conduct and assist in developing educational programs from the hospital during patient treatments/procedures and assist with treatments and basic diagnostics as needed.
  • Assists the medical staff regularly during turtle treatments and diagnostic evaluations which can include the following: Animal restraint for bandage changes, blood draws, tube feeding, radiographs, etc. (wearing waders and entering tanks may be required)
  • Preparing treatment supplies
  • Recording data and notes as needed, especially during entrance exams and treatments
  • Conduct daily educational programs in the hospital pavilion and exhibit gallery.
  • Conduct and assist in developing husbandry education programs from the pavilion during ongoing daily husbandry tasks.
  • Perform tank and filtration maintenance, diet preparation, feeding, and behavioral observation as needed.
  • Lead regular behind-the-scenes tours and “Meet the Patients” programs for public and school programs.
  • Create and maintain a patient slide show for the treatment room window viewing area
  • Participate in center outreach and special events opportunities
  • Assist the Education department in volunteer training
  • Assist the Research department with animal husbandry tasks as permissible


Service conditions include long hours, including holidays and weekends. Will need to be available to come in during evening hours to perform various medical tasks (feeding, checking vital signs, administering medications). May drive the GSTC center van. Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lb. Service will include cleaning tanks, laundry, food prep, feedings, and assisting with treatments.

General Requirements

  • 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.
  • Prior experience with animal husbandry.
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Marine Science (experience may supplement for degree).

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.


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.

This position is supported through the federally-funded AmeriCorps program and therefore is considered a term of service.

Duration of Program: September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022 (1 position)

*Resume, Cover letter, and 3 References MUST be submitted with application, applications received without supporting documents will NOT be considered. The three References may be uploaded in “Other” or can be submitted as one package with Cover Letter.

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