Volunteers Needed For Washback Turtle Season

A Loggerhead hatchling is pictured at St. Augustine Beach several years ago. Photo by LORRAINE THOMPSON

A Loggerhead hatchling is pictured at St. Augustine Beach several years ago. Photo by LORRAINE THOMPSON

 

St. Johns County is seeking volunteers for the 2015 Washback Turtle Season to survey the wrack line and contact authorities if a stranded turtle is located.

Training will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Surfside Beachfront Park, 3070 Coastal Hwy. The Washback Program does not have standard shifts or hours, and volunteers are contacted through an on-call system to survey the wrack lines when needed.

All volunteers assisting the washback program must complete a County volunteer application, pass a background check, possess a valid Florida driver license, complete the online orientation session, and attend one mandatory survey training that is conducted on the beach. Children under the age of 18 are welcome to volunteer, but they must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

For more information, please review the St. Johns County Sea Turtle Washback Volunteers by visiting www.co.st-johns.fl.us/HCP/Volunteer.aspx, or call 904-209-0331, ext. 7.

 

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