National Park Service
Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Division of Resource Management

Volunteer Opportunity to Assist Sea Turtle Research Team for Night Patrols & Hatchling Research Project September – December 2016

HB hatchling closeup copysmPhase I: Assist with full night patrols, 6pm-5am, on Buck Island Reef NM – nesting sea turtles & nests

Phase II: Assist with half night patrols, 6pm -10 pm (or later) – nests & hatchling genetics project

NPS Division of Resource Management is seeking volunteers to assist with nightly beach work with our annual sea turtle research project at Buck Island Reef NM, St. Croix, VI.

Phase I: Starting September 10th select volunteers will join the research team to for nightly foot patrols to collect scientific data on nesting adult sea turtles, hawksbill and green sea turtles, their nests, and hatchlings.

Phase II: After Sept 26th the focus of the project shifts to data collection on hatchling hawksbill sea turtle genetics for a University of Virgin Islands Master’s Degree graduate study, the first of its kind in the eastern Caribbean.

Volunteers for both phases must be interested in field science on a remote tropical island, comfortable on a 25 ft. motorboat, must be available and able to work at night, to walk over rugged and variable terrain, to carry a backpack with supplies, and must have good night vision.

Volunteers may participate in one or both phases. Preference will be given to those who wish to participate in both phases and who are able to commit to a regular schedule over duration of the project.

NPS Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Team biologist will provide brief project overview Thursday Sept 8th at the Friends Group Monthly Lecture, 5:00-5:30 pm, after which selected volunteers will attend a mandatory project briefing and orientation prior to being scheduled for first night on the beach. After training volunteers able to give regular nights on the beach are essential to meeting project goals for the hatchling genetics study.

For further information contact Tessa Code, Bio Science Tech at 340-277-6798. or Clayton Pollock, Biologist at 340-773-1460 x 226.

We look forward to meeting everyone! Thank you for your interest in NPS Science!