Field Operations Assistant

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Our facility is open year round and is a world class sea turtle rehabilitation hospital and education center. We are located in Juno Beach, Florida and we have been conducting a sea turtle nest monitoring program along one of the highest density sea turtle nesting beaches in the world for over 25 years.

Summary:  The Field Operations Assistant will primarily work with the Field Operations Manager and Research Data Manager to conduct the North Palm Beach County Sea Turtle Monitoring Project. This includes conducting daily nesting surveys and training seasonal technicians and interns. The Field Operations Assistant will also assist the Director of Research with projects as needed. This will be a permanent, full time, year round position. Applicant must be available to begin position no later than mid-February, 2018.

Reports to: Field Operations Manager & Director of Research


  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in one of the physical or natural sciences.
  • Minimum of two years of experience conducting nesting surveys on high density sea turtle nesting beaches
  • Experience using Trimble GPS equipment/software & Microsoft Access
  • Proficient with basic computer skills
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Must possess a working cell phone, driver’s license, and must have transportation to LMC
  • Ability to safely operate and train usage of All-terrain vehicles


Additional Requirements:

  • In good physical condition with the ability to work outdoors under extremely adverse conditions for up to 12 hours (high humidity, rain, heat and direct sunlight)
  • Strong communication skills and enjoys interacting with the public
  • Ability to teach complex tasks to others
  • Ability to manage high stress work environment
  • Attention to detail and strong problem solving abilities
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Enjoys collaboration and teamwork
  • Must be a citizen of the United States


Job Responsibilities:

Includes, but not limited to the following:

  • Conducting daily nesting surveys, nest checks and excavations
  • Conduct nesting surveys for nourishment or construction projects
  • Assist with development and implementation of training materials for seasonal employees
  • Manage the work schedule for seasonal employees and interns
  • Assist seasonal employees with research projects
  • Assist Field Operations Manager with training of Seasonal Employees and Research Interns on the following:
    • Identification of sea turtle tracks and nesting sites to species
    • Daily nesting surveys protocols and methods
    • Data collection in the field
    • Safe operating practices for all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the beach and basic maintenance and care of ATVs
    • Data entry and verification within the web-based database and Microsoft Access
    • Educating the public on sea turtle biology and our research program
  • Work with Research Department Staff Members on the following:
    • Collection of data in the field using Trimble GPS units
    • Data entry and verification of nesting survey data
    • Maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment including computers, ATVs and GPS units
    • Compilation of annual reports for each nesting beach
    • Assist with stranding and salvage of sick, injured, or dead sea turtles
    • Cataloging photos
    • Maintain a wish list of items for the department
    • Assist other departments with events on and off campus
    • Create and give presentations to the public, staff and volunteers and interact with the public; including PR interviews
    • Assist in data/sample collection, analysis, and publication of scientific papers within Research Department


The deadline to apply is January 15, 2018.

To apply, please submit the following to

  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Cover Letter (please include available start date)
  • One Letter of Recommendation submitted by reference
  • Three Professional References


Physical Requirements: The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Introductory Period: It is the policy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center that all team members, including newly hired, transferred and promoted team members, will be carefully monitored and evaluated for an initial introductory period on the job.  After satisfactory completion of the introductory evaluation, such team members will be evaluated on an annual basis.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is an equal opportunity employer.