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**POSITION FILLED** JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Sea Turtle Lighting Project Specialist


Overview and Purpose

Sea Turtle Conservancy is based in Gainesville, Florida and is the oldest and most accomplished sea turtle organization in the world. STC is hiring a Lighting Project Specialist to work on our Sea Turtle Lighting Project. This person will work as part of our lighting team implementing sea turtle lighting retrofits, educational workshops, and dune plantings. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is funding this project as part of its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which mitigates impacts to sea turtles caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The project’s goal is to change problematic beachfront lighting to sea turtle friendly alternatives using the best available technology.

Duties and Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this position will be implementing sea turtle lighting retrofits and dune planting projects in the south west Florida peninsula. The position will involve the collection of night-time photography and lighting measurements; contract negotiations with property owners and managers; developing exterior lighting plans; communicating with property owners and lighting distributors; and data entry, management, analysis and mapping using Access, Excel and ArcGIS Online. Travel to the south west Florida peninsula and other parts of the state over 3 to 5 day periods will be required. Duties will also include coordinating travel logistics; tracking the progression of multiple projects in various stages; and planning and conducting lighting workshops developed for code enforcement and building professionals. The position will require flexible work hours, occasionally at night and on the weekends. The Lighting Project Specialist will be based in Gainesville and work directly under the Lighting Project Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in wildlife conservation, policy, management, communications or similar field.
  • Experience with contract management, grant development and/or environmental regulation preferred.
  • Organized and detail-oriented with the ability to simultaneously handle and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Motivated professional with the ability to work closely with others and follow leadership and conservation directives.
  • Skilled with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and familiar with ArcGIS software.
  • Passionate about the conservation of threatened and endangered species.

Salary and Benefits

  • Starting salary will be commensurate with experience (Range $32,000 – $40,000)
  • Fully paid employee health and dental insurance.
  • Paid holidays, sick time and vacation days.
  • Retirement plan initiated after 12 months of employment.
  • Work in a flexible, yet highly motivated non-profit environment with a close-knit team of professionals committed to sea turtle conservation.

Applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected. The candidate must start by the end of May 2019 but earlier is preferred. Apply by submitting your cover letter and résumé to the Project Manager at

For more information about STC’s Lighting Project, visit