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The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is offering a unique opportunity for self-motivated people to gain hands-on experience with the day to day operations of a non-profit chelonian conservation center. The TSA is seeking applicants for full time volunteer internships at the TSA’s Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in Cross, South Carolina. Introductory course for those focusing on chelonian husbandry and conservation.
About the Organization:
In 2013, the TSA centralized its base of operations by opening the Turtle Survival Center in South Carolina. In just eight years the TSC has become recognized as a world-class turtle conservation center, complete with a greenhouse, veterinary clinic, quarantine facility, and multiple indoor/outdoor enclosures. This center is the TSA’s first and only U.S.-based conservation center, and is home to a growing collection of more than 600 turtles and tortoises, representing 25 of the world’s critically endangered species, and cared for by a staff of five full time employees.
Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes: Interns will understand the fundamental principles of chelonian husbandry and conservation.
Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this internship, students will:
1. Demonstrate high standards of animal husbandry to a diverse group of critically endangered chelonians
2. Gather and critically evaluate animal health
3. Identify and explain the basic concepts, terminology, and theories of in-situ and ex-situ conservation
4. Apply knowledge of chelonian exhibit design and maintenance.
Meeting Times and Location:
Turtle Survival Center (Cross, SC), Intern House (Cross, SC). Times will vary
Instructor: Clinton Doak, Cris Hagen, Carol Alvarez, Rachael Harff.
• Telephone: (843) 753-2159
• E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsibilities and Expectations:
Interns are expected to work independently and with TSC staff in a team setting to fulfill the operational needs of the center. All interns will assist with the general day to day operations of the TSC. Responsibilities can include, but are not limited to:
Reading assignments will be handed out at the beginning of the internship. After each assignment is completed a small quiz will be given to evaluate your understanding of the material. One final exam will be given at the end of the internship. This exam will consist of multiple choice and potentially a few true/false questions. This exam is to gauge your understanding of what you have learned throughout the internship.
Tentative Schedule of Lectures and reading assignments (subject to change):
Week One: Learn the day to day routine of working at the Turtle Survival Center.
What is a turtle?
Week Two: Husbandry and Captive management
Week Three: Husbandry and Captive management cont.
Week Four: Reproduction
Week Five: Conservation
Week Six: Veterinary Management
Week Seven: Outreach
Week Eight: Field Research
• A positive and flexible attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to adapt to a changing work environment
• Hold or be pursuing a degree in biology, ecology, conservation, zoo keeping, exotic veterinary medicine, or related field
• Demonstrated interest in wildlife and conservation
• Experience with animal husbandry (particularly reptiles) preferred
• Applicants are strongly encouraged to live in on-site housing throughout the duration of the internship
• Must hold a valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle is required
• Must be able to pass a background check
• Must be in good physical shape (capable of lifting 50 pounds)
• Attendance Policy: Attendance is mandatory to complete your internship. All interns are required to meet 320 hours of training to complete this internship.
The TSA is seeking interns for 2022. Dates can be flexible but applicants must be able to apply for a minimum of two (2) months. Extensions for internships are on a case-by-case basis.
This is a volunteer internship position. Successful applicants will pay their own travel expenses to and from the Turtle Survival Center. If there are any special requirements for an applicant to receive academic credit for an internship, please let us know in your application so we may determine if the TSA can accommodate any requests.
Please email a letter of interest and CV or resume, with references, to the TSA’s Assistant Curator, Clinton Doak (email@example.com), and include a date range of availability.
Turtle Survival AllianceCross, SC
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