Sea Turtle Intern, Escambia County
Type of Job
Nov 21, 2023
About the job
About the National Wildlife Federation
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
About Escambia County Natural Resources Management
The Natural Resources Management Department’s mission is to conserve, restore, and protect the natural and built environments through ecologically sound and sustainable principles based upon the best available science. The Department's responsive service enhances the quality of life for citizens and visitors while promoting a safe and healthy community. Divisions include Environmental Code Enforcement, Marine Resources, Mosquito Control, Natural Resources Conservation, RESTORE, Resiliency, Water Quality and Land Management and Air Quality Monitoring.
About the Position
The Gulf Program of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) seeks a part time Sea Turtle Intern for a three-month internship to assist Escambia County staff with community outreach and engagement regarding wildlife-friendly lighting and coastal wildlife conservation. Artificial light from sources like homes, businesses, roadways and pools disrupts these natural nesting and emergence cues, which can lead to harmful impacts on both nesting females and hatchlings. Adult females are often deterred from nesting on heavily lit beaches, resulting in fewer nests or the selection of poor sites to lay eggs. For those that do try to nest on these artificially lit beaches, artificial light can cause false crawls (non-nesting emergences) and disorientations (inability to successfully locate the water) of both nesting females and just born sea turtles, which can result in death.
Escambia County amended the Barrier Island Lighting Ordinance in July 2023 to extend protections for nesting sea turtles, shorebirds, and the Perdido Key Beach Mouse. The amended language includes updated ordinance language for Pensacola Beach (Santa Rosa Island) and a new ordinance for Perdido Key. The selected intern will assist staff in educating owners and property managers about the new ordinance language and requirements as well as general education and outreach on a variety of coastal conservation topics.
This position will report to both NWF’s Outreach Associate and the Environmental Program Manager at Escambia County. The selected candidate must have a permanent address in one of NWF’s working states and be based in Escambia or a nearby County.
- Initiating contact with non-compliant properties about wildlife-friendly lighting requirements and responding to inquiries from property owners, managers and the general public
- Assisting staff with evening lighting surveys, property site visits and other field work when needed
- Data management and contact tracking
- Community outreach and engagements activities related to coastal conservation topics
- Draft content for social media, blogs, op-eds and other venues to promote sea turtle conservation
- Representing Escambia County and NWF at community events and festivals
- Attend relevant meetings and conferences
- Other duties as assigned
Individuals applying for this internship should meet the following qualifications:
- Florida Resident
- Enrolled in an undergraduate institution and completed at least 2 years of college education, or recent graduate, in a related field of study (biology, marine science, environmental policy, science education, communication, or similar fields)
- Willingness to work on a flexible schedule of 20-30 hrs/ week, including evenings and occasional weekends
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Able to speak clearly and comfortably with diverse audiences (government employees, coastal businesses, general public, home owners)
- Ability to communicate scientific/technical concepts to the general public
- Knowledge of standard computer software, including Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Comfortable working outside for several hours at a time in Florida heat and humidity
- Valid driver’s license and willingness/ability to drive locally
- Willingness to use personal computer and/cell phone
- Reliable and professional
- Organized and self-motivated
It is preferred that individuals applying for this internship position also have experience and knowledge related to:
- Wildlife biology;
- Written communications;
- Coordinating, scheduling, and independent work.
This position requires walking moderate distances, up to half a mile, in the warm and humid climate of Florida; remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example, using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about the workspace. The position requires mobility, including moving materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:
- Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized.
- Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions.
- Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them.
- Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
- Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission
Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
Location and Work Mode:
The selected candidate must have a permanent address in one of NWF’s working states and be based in Escambia or a nearby County. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers
This position pays $17 an hour with paid holidays.
Approximate Start Date: February 5, 2023. Internship lasts 12 weeks, 20-30 hours per week for a max total of 300 hours.
This is a paid short-term internship opportunity with the National Wildlife Federation. NWF is happy to work with the applicant to obtain relevant credit(s) through college/university programming, such as directed independent study (DIS), internship credit hours, etc. Applicant should indicate if they intend to pursue this in application letter. The work schedule is flexible to accommodate your class schedule.
Interested applicants should apply by January 5th with a resume and cover letter through NWF website. Please include a listing of your preferred availability. Your cover letter should describe your interest in working with NWF’s Gulf Program, describing any relevant experience you may have working with community outreach, sea turtles, or effects of human disturbance on wildlife.
For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.
We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
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