“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization currently has a base of approximately 100 volunteers. They have chosen protect and save sea turtles and to educate the public in various ways.

Our volunteer field scientists can become as involved as their time permits. However, each volunteer hour is equally important to the success of protecting sea turtles.

We are committed to providing the necessary training and hands on experience for those interested be becoming volunteer field scientist. We offer internships to 1 full time college student and week long internships to high school and middle school students. for more information please email Deb Allen at oibseaturtlevolunteers@gmail.com


Beach Patrol Drivers and Riders

5:30AM start time beach drivers and riders checks for evidence of new nests. Beach walkers check the far east and west ends of beach (when needed due to high tides)

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Nest Verification – 24 hour response required.

               Coordinators Bryon and Becky Swayer

Volunteers respond to calls from the beach patrol to investigate reports of mother turtles on the beach or turtle track to determine if a new nest has been laid. This job requires heavy lifting and digging in the sand in most weather conditions.

Nannette, Deb A and Intern Hannah



Nest Parents

Coordinators Peter and Ginny Maguire

Nest Leaders and Team Members needed.

All new volunteers will be trained on the first nest of the season with a date to be determined but historically early to mid July.

Team leaders will be to each assigned nest. The team leaders are responsible for putting together a team to work the nest.

Nest Inventory

A nest inventory is performed to carefully to determine the hatch rate for each nest.

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Sea Turtle Rescue Team 

24 hour response required

Sick or injured sea turtles will be transported to the

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

302 Tortuga Ln, Surf City, NC 28445

Heavy lifting is required.

Depending on the condition of a deceased sea turtle, necropsy’s may be performed to determine cause of death.

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Turtle Talks
Volunteer Lead needed This leader will schedule volunteers to each

Monday afternoon and Tuesday night.

T-shirts – Program presenters Hatching Adoption

Monday’s 3:00PM May 28 – September 3

at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

Tuesday’s May 29-August 28

7:00PM at the OIB Community Center


Friday Night Concert
5:45PM-8:30PM May 25th – September 7th

Volunteer Lead needed- leader will schedule volunteers to each Friday night.

Volunteers work the OIBSTPO information table each Friday night during the concert at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Some of the responsibilities include table setup, handing out educational brochures, t-shirt distribution, wearing the “Lucy the Loggerhead” costume, collecting donations and table tear down.

2018 Ocean Isle Beach Free Concert Schedule TBA

The 35th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival

Coordinators Sue O’Guin and Kevin Stetson

October 19-21, 2018

Friday October 19- Setup tent and tables Time TBA

Saturday and Sunday October 20 & 21 – Volunteers need to work shifts at the OIBSTPO Information tent

Please email us if you are interested in becoming a part of our team.

  Ms. Kyle McCarthy volunteeroibseaturtle@gmail.com

All training will be in strict compliance with the North Carolina Volunteer Sea Turtle Manual, Rev. 2006.

Bryon Swayer shows volunteers how to collect a DNA sample.

To report any sea turtle activity on Ocean Isle Beach, call: 704-607-2027 or the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department @


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