Volunteer at the Turtle Conservancy

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ORGANIZATION: TURTLE CONSERVANCY

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The Turtle Conservancy is looking for volunteers for the following categories:

Keeper's Aid: This is a wonderful opportunity for students and graduates in the biology field (or anyone who has a passion for turtles) to experience what it's like to be a keeper at the Turtle Conservancy! Volunteers need to be able to comfortably lift 50lbs. Tasks will include meal prep and feeding, enclosure maintenance, animal welfare and husbandry care. Many of the species we care for are critically endangered, so previous experience is preferred. Keeper's aids will go through orientation and additional training.

Tour Guide: The Turtle Conservancy is looking for friendly, outgoing individuals to help give our members tours of our conservation center. Tour guides should have a flexible schedule as tour hours vary. Tour guides will be trained in advance about the species' and history of the Turtle Conservancy. This is a wonderful opportunity if you are a people person but still want to get some turtle time in!

Museum Collection Assistant:
The Turtle Conservancy is the proud curator of the Peter Pritchard Natural History Collection, which contains over 14,000 turtle specimens. Volunteers would have the opportunity to help in the curation and management of this museum collection. Responsibilities would be the following:

1. General organization on the skeletal and archive collection. Moving boxes, setting up shelves, and shuffling things around. We know this doesn't sound too interesting, but it is a necessary first step in making space to do more work with the collection. A lot of heavy things but it will be rewarding to get this space organized!

2. Fluid collection management. Increasing concentrations of alcohol in containers, relabeling. You get to see a lot of (dead) turtle species and there is a little chemistry involved. 3. Skeletal collection organization. In preparation for research visits, we need to find and label requested specimens. This is a good opportunity to begin keeping track of what specimens are stored where. One helpful project would be rehousing some of the things that are not stored adequately. For example, repackaging sea turtle bones from boxed to plastic bins.
Thank you for your interest!
Please note that these are all volunteer positions and are unpaid. The Turtle Conservancy does not provide housing for its volunteers.

1 Shift

  • 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    We are flexible with volunteering hours. Our operating hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About TURTLE CONSERVANCY

Location:

P.O. BOX 1289, OJAI, CA 93024, US

Mission Statement

The Turtle Conservancy is dedicated to protecting threatened turtles and tortoises and their habitats worldwide.

Description

The Turtle Conservancy envisions a world where all turtles and tortoises ultimately thrive in the wild. Our conservation center, located in Southern California's Ventura County, acts as an arc to protect over 30 species of turtles and tortoises. Turtle Conservancy also runs international field programs where we study and protect wild turtle populations and their ecosystems through land acquisition.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Animals

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift

WHERE

Multiple locations Ojai, CA 93023

(34.44805,-119.24289)
 

SKILLS

  • Habitat Restoration
  • Office Management
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Janitorial Maintenance
  • STEM

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training

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