Help Padre Island's turtle conservation efforts by developing communication materials, participating in programming, and studying how to effect behavioral change for the protection of turtles. Specific tasks will include:
Develop and provide scientific communication and outreach products for park visitors and the local community regarding sea turtles and ocean conservation. The intern will receive training in NPS websites procedures and will work with NPS staff to update the sea turtle webpages and create content for the sea turtle social media platforms. The intern will provide information Interpretation Division staff regarding sea turtle scientific monitoring and research projects at PAIS so that it may be incorporated into public programs and outreach materials.
Support the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery through participation in all aspects of the program including nest monitoring, stranding response and necropsy, and egg incubation and hatchling protocols. The intern will assist in public hatchling releases and stranding releases, as well as interact with park visitors through informal and formal interactions. The intern will use critical thinking skills and must work well independently and as a team, in office and field settings, with little supervision while working on assignments.
The intern will receive training on outreach and behavior change tools and will apply this knowledge to create content aimed at reducing negative human-wildlife interactions at PAIS.This outreach aims to reduce negative visitor interactions with stranded, nesting, and hatchling sea turtles, which may pose a risk to these endangered species. During recent years, park visitors have been reported engaging in behaviors that place the nesting and stranded sea turtles at risk, including touching, relocating, or removing sea turtles from the beach or placing them back in the water. The intern will be provided the opportunity to observe and examine these interactions and develop content aimed at reducing undesirable visitor behavior and promoting sea turtle conservation and protection.