“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.

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 Location/Relocation 24 hour response required.

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

Team Leaders and Team Members

All new volunteers will be trained on the first nest of the season with a date to be determined but likely in 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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Turtle Stranding and Transport to Sea Turtle Hospital.

24 hour response time for sick, injured or dead turtles.

Heavy lifting required.

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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 30 -August 29

at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

Tuesday’s May 31-August 30

7:00PM at the OIB Community Center


Friday Night Concert
5:45PM-8:30PM May 26th – September 8th

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.

2017 Ocean Isle Beach Free Concert Schedule

May 26th Gary Lowder & Smokin?? Hot
June?2nd Bailout
June 9th North Tower
June 16th Carolina Breakers
June 23rd Blackwater Rhythm?& Blues
June 30th Band of Oz
July 7th The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
July 14th Continental Divide
July?21st The Legacy Motown Revue
July 28th Jim Quick & Coastline
August 4th The Attractions
August 11th Holiday Band
August 18th Steve Owens & Summertime
August 25th Too Much Sylvia
September 1st The Entertainers
September 8th Blackwater Rhythm & Blues


Sea Turtle Festival
Coordinator and Volunteers

We are seeking a volunteer to organize this years event. This coordinator will schedule games, volunteers and reach out to the businesses in our community for financial support.

The 35th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival

October 20-22 2017

Friday October 20- Setup tent and tables Time TBA

Saturday and Sunday October 21 & 22 – Volunteers need to work shifts at the OIBSTPO Information tent

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

Deb and Jim Boyce oibcturtleorg@atmc.net

Debra Allen oibseaturtlevolunteers@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: 910-231-8539, 910-231-3139 or the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department @


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