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Host Organization

United States Geological Survey

Type of position

  • Unpaid position
  • Shared housing and utilities are provided


Port St. Joe, Florida

Start Date & End Date

May 27, 2024 – August 1, 2024

Position description

We are seeking applicants for a research program with the U.S. Geological Survey in Northwest Florida. The program is stationed in Port St. Joe in the Florida Panhandle. Projects include capturing, marking, tracking, and sampling listed sea turtles, game fish such as cobia and tripletail, predatory sharks, coyotes, and other coastal species. All applicants will assist with all aspects of the program.

Research will be conducted on foot, ATV/UTV, and by boat. Applicants should be ready and willing to work independently and as part of a team for up to 10 hours at a time but no more than 40 hours per week. The work will include surveying for and marking sea turtle nests each morning; capturing, marking, tracking, and sampling of sea turtles at in-water foraging sites; capturing and tagging cobia tripletail and predatory sharks by boat; measuring sand compaction on local beaches; as well as data entry and organization. In addition, applicants will travel among research sites and conduct public outreach. Conditions during all activities will be hot and buggy with long periods of time in direct sun.


  • Due to the fact that some of these projects occur on US Air Force property, all applicants must be US citizens.
  • Applicants should be current students or recent graduates studying biology or a similar major; preference will be given to those with previous field experience.

To apply:

Interested applicants should submit a single document containing a cover letter and CV/resume to Joseph Alday at .

Application Due Date

March 15, 2024


Sea Turtle and Coastal Wildlife Research Position


Joseph Alday,