Sea Turtle Patrol – A Citizen Science-based Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program Overview

Sea Turtle Hatching navigating it's way to the water by the moonlight over the oceanSea turtle nesting season is from May 1st to October 31st

Each season dedicated marine turtle patrol volunteers survey the beaches at sunrise to post off the nests of sea turtles while collecting important data on nesting activities. While conducting nesting surveys volunteers must endure physically demanding conditions that are often hot, sandy, and buggy while collecting accurate scientific data.

Volunteer Requirements

This volunteer program is permitted through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and coordinated through the efforts of a Marine Turtle Permit Holder. Available nesting survey positions are limited due to permitting restrictions and volunteers must complete extensive training provided by FWC, St. Johns County Habitat Conservation and the Marine Turtle Permit Holder responsible for specific stretches of beach.

St. Johns County is grateful to the network of FWC volunteers and permit holders who spend time posting and collecting nesting data.

Become a Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, find your Survey Zone and contact the responsible Marine Turtle Permit Holder.

Contact & Connect with Us

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