Please join us as we prepare for the 2019 sea turtle nesting season. We welcome new volunteers each summer. If you are new to the OIBSTPO and are interested in being a part of our team, please contact volunteer coordinator.
Ms. Kyle McCarthy
or sign-up the OIBSTPO Signup Genius page at the link below
(please read a more detailed description of each below)
-Spring Fling- Festival in Shallotte.
– Beach Patrol – Walkers, Drivers, Riders, and Substitutes
– Nest Verification – Verify Nests
– Nest Parents – Team Leaders and Nest Parents.
– Rescue Team- Turtle Live Stranding Rescue & Transport to Sea Turtle Hospital and Necropsy.
– Turtle Talks – Team Lead and Workers
– Friday Night Concerts
– ‘Lucy’ the Loggerhead
– July 4 – Parade – Team Lead, Decorators, Lucy, and Parade Participants
– September TBD- OIB Trash Bash
– Oct 18-20 – Oyster Festival
– Nov 30 – Christmas Parade – Team Leader, Decorators, Lucy, and Parade Participants
– First Week in December – Christmas Cookies
Beach Patrol – Walkers, Drivers, Riders, and Substitutes
5:30AM or daylight, daily start time beginning May 1-October 31
Gator drivers and riders check for turtle tracks and existing nests. Each will be assigned a regular day or you can sign up to sub on the same day of each week. This morning patrol takes approximately 1-1.5 hours.
Volunteers are also needed to walk the beach on the far east and west ends of beach (when needed due to high tides or erosion)
Openings are limited as returning drivers and riders have first right of refusal.
Todd Robertson- Coordinator email@example.com Angela Bartholomew – Assistant Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
24 hour a day response required – May 1-September 1
Volunteers will be trained to respond to calls from the morning beach patrol, police and visitors to investigate reports of mother turtles on the beach or turtle tracks to determine if a new nest has been laid. Volunteers will sometimes relocate the nests, due to being laid at the high tide line or when deemed necessary. This volunteer activity can take place anytime of the day or night. The highest activity time for nesting is 12 midnight to 9 am. This job requires heavy lifting and digging in the sand in all weather conditions with the exception of severe weather conditions.
Kevin Stetson Coordinator
“Nest Parents” – Team Leaders and Nest Parents
7PM-11PM (possibly later) approximately July-September
All volunteers will be trained on the first nest of the season – Historically mid July.
We need experienced volunteers that will be nightly team leaders for one or more nests. We also need volunteers to be nest sitters at one or more nests when they are close to hatching time to help guide the hatchlings to the water. Team leaders will be assigned to each nest and are responsible for putting together a team of nest parents and nest sitters from the list of volunteers to work the nest with them.
Peter and Ginny Maguire – Coordinators
24 hour response time for sick, injured, or dead turtles.
Heavy lifting required. Requires a rapid response time. We strive to have a live stranding evaluated and off the beach and on the way to the hospital no longer than 35 to 40 minutes from receiving the initial phone call. Turtle stranding can happen year round, but are primarily in the late fall & over the winter due to cold stunning.
Volunteers will be trained to perform autopsies on deceased sea turtles that come ashore in the OIBSTPO watch area to determine the cause of death.
Jeff Weigand Coordinator
Turtle Talks – Team Lead and Volunteers
Tuesdays 6:15PM May 29 – Aug 28 OIB Community Center
Volunteer Lead needed- This leader will schedule volunteers to each Tuesday night.
Volunteers are needed to be substitute presenters when the Island Coordinators are not available to do the educational “turtle talks”. Training will be provided. Volunteers are also needed to work the OIBSTPO information table on one or more Tuesday night(s) at the OIB Community Center. Some of the responsibilities include table setup, handing out educational brochures, hatchling adoptions, t-shirt/merchandise distribution, wearing the Lucy costume, collecting donations, and table tear down. This volunteer activity is a great for volunteers with limited mobility as you can sit/stand at the OIBSTPO t-shirt table or help with the Hatchling Adoption program.
Ms Kyle McCarthy email@example.com
Friday Night Concerts
5:30PM-8:30PM May 25- Sept 7
Volunteers work the OIBSTPO information table on one or more Friday night(s) during the concert. Some of the responsibilities include table setup, handing out educational brochures, t-shirt/merchandise distribution, collecting donations, and table tear down. This volunteer activity is a great for volunteers with limited mobility as you can sit/stand at the OIBSTPO t-shirt table or help with the Hatchling Adoption program.
Angela Bartholomew Coordinator
October 18-20 2016 Friday October 18, 10:00AM – Volunteers needed to help setup tents, tables, etc
Saturday and Sunday October 19 and 20 – Volunteers needed to work shifts each day (time TBD) and to help breakdown at the OIBSTPO Information tent at the conclusion of the festival on Sunday @ 5:00pm. Includes free entry to the festival for the entire day of your volunteer shift. This volunteer activity is a great for volunteers with limited mobility as you can sit/stand at the OIBSTPO t-shirt table or help with the Hatchling Adoption program.
Sue O’Guin Coordinator
“Lucy” the Loggerhead
Multiple Volunteers are needed to dress in the Lucy the Loggerhead Sea Turtle costume at various events, such as the Tuesday night turtle talks, Friday night concerts, July 4th Parade, Sea Turtle Day Festival, Oyster Festival, and Christmas Parade.
July 4th Parade – Team Lead, Gator Decorators, Lucy, and Parade Participants
Note: parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4th 10AM
Volunteer Team Lead needed. Volunteers needed to help decorate the Gator approximately 8AM the morning of the parade. Volunteer is needed to dress in the Lucy costume to ride in the Van Gator for the parade. All OIBSTPO members are welcome to ride in the parade if space is available!
OIB Trash Bash
9AM-12PM Saturday, September TBD
Volunteers arrive at the museum parking lot at 9AM- and at 9:30AM to leave as a group to pick up trash in our ‘assigned area’, which typically takes about an hour or so. The OIB POA provides trash bags & gloves. Afterwards, lunch is provided as well as a Trash Bash t-shirt to participants.
Christmas Parade – Team Lead, Gator Decorators, Lucy, and Parade Participants
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Volunteers needed to help decorate the Gator. Volunteer is needed to dress in the Lucy costume to ride in the Gator for the parade. All OIBSTPO members are welcome & encouraged to ride in the parade and pass out candy, if space is available.
Volunteer Team Leader needed
First week of December
Volunteers donate one dozen homemade cookies. Cookie trays are given to OIB Town Hall, OIB Police Dept, OIB Fire Dept, OIB Maint Dept, and Autumn Care Nursing Center in Shallotte from the OIBSTPO.
Looking forward to meeting you!
Ms. Kyle McCarthy