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FutureStarrGeorgia Sea Turtle Center OR
Launched three years ago, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) is a nonprofit organization established to lead the recovery and conservation of all sea turtles in the U.S. coast and bring them back to the sea.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center—Georgia's first sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education facility—provides state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles. Explore the lives of sea turtles and other native animals through daily education programs and gallery exhibits. Glimpse into the hospital where sea turtles are treated, see our turtle patients in the rehabilitation pavilion, and learn how our research is helping sea turtles in Georgia and throughout the world! Hours: Monday-Sunday (9:00am-5:00pm) Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day (Closed) Admission proceeds help to offset operational costs, including the rehabilitation of the sea turtles. The current prices are: Adults (13-62) $10, Seniors(62+) $9, Children(4-12) $8, and Children under 3 years old are free. Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
The GSTC 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, fibropapilomatosis, 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 Member responsibilities will include but are not limited to: I. 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. II. Assist full time staff with turtle treatments and diagnostic evaluations as needed. 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, during entrance exams and treatments Regularly weigh patients based on their treatment schedule. Participate in diamondback terrapin road mortality project. III. Public Education and Awareness Work alongside husbandry volunteers throughout the day. Interaction with the public - answering questions from public on walkway while performing daily tasks. Conduct veterinary education programs Participate in behind the scenes tours IV. Assist with various research projects Debilitated sea turtle study Diamondback Terrapin Patrols and population assessment Loggerhead nutrition study. DBT egg incubation and hatchery study Other field projects as coordinated V. Assist with other departments at the GSTC as needed and as time allows (exhibits, outreach programs). Potentially participate in outreach events or school groups. Participate in monthly classes (Source: wfscjobs.tamu.edu)