Volunteer Opportunities


Due to the large number of interested volunteers and the great suggestions from past and current volunteers, STR has updated the volunteer opportunities’ descriptions, guidelines, and policies below. Please review each opportunity and its description carefully.  You can apply in any or all areas as they become availableALL opportunities are for individuals 18 years or older.  If you are a past volunteer (2016-Sept. 2018) and have not volunteered or offered to volunteer with us in the last three months, you must reapply to be kept current in our database. As always, thank you for helping Sea Turtle Recovery.  It is because of individuals like you that our small nonprofit is able to save sea turtles.  You are deeply appreciated.


Yellow Star Volunteers:

Yellow Star Volunteers must be comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people, capable of working independently, willing to speak on a microphone when staff deems that it is necessary, be friendly and courteous, and be willing to learn about sea turtles. These volunteers will assist us by speaking in the public area of our facility for 1 to 2 hrs at a time. You must be able to work 2 days a month for a period not less than 6 months. This position requires you to purchase a Sea Turtle Recovery shirt to wear while representing STR in our education space (options will be available at the orientation). 

We are currently taking applications for Yellow Star Volunteers that fit the above description.  Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and you will be contacted within 14 days about the next orientation.


Green Star Volunteers:

These Volunteers will help us at summer Festivals and before and during our events. Are you a crafty fun person that enjoys socializing?  This volunteer position is for you! Tasks will vary but may include talking to the public, setting up tables, assisting with various pre-event activities, etc.  Ability to work in adverse weather is a plus.  You must be 18 years or older to apply. 

We are currently taking applications for Green Star Volunteers that fit the above description.  Please fill out the form on this page and you will be contacted within 14 days about the next orientation.


Orange Star Volunteers:

These Volunteers observe and monitor sea turtle’s breathing and swim patterns for one hour shifts.  This position is on a “when needed” basis that is determined by our patients’ condition. This volunteer must be willing to work without access to a cell phone or other electronic device for the entire volunteer time.  You must be able to write and document data, sit or stand for long periods, have great observation skills, work independently and follow instructions easily, be willing to work varied hours both day and night, have reliable transportation, and permanently reside within 1 hour of STR’s facility.

Due to the unpredictable/rare need for this position, Sea Turtle Recovery will be holding only one orientation a year for this position. Please check back at the beginning of each month to see when it is scheduled.  (No date at this time.) Note: An orientation does not necessarily mean that you will be called each time to assist.


Pink Star Volunteers:

This is a volunteer based on a specific task, and the information changes frequently.  A pink star volunteer is a call out to an individual that may have specific skills or talents that STR is currently seeking.  This section changes frequently, so please check back often.  If you can help us with any of the below, please email us for details and more information at volunteer@seaturtlerecovery.org

We are currently seeking the following Pink Star Volunteers:

-Certified Public Accountant

-Woodworkers (For possible wood projects build and design)

-Artists, metal workers, store owners, woodworkers, quilt clubs (For creation/donations of silent auction gifts.)


Blue Star Volunteers:

These Volunteers will help us with laundry, food preparation, mopping, scrubbing, feeding, and related tasks. You must be comfortable working around and cleaning knives, be able to lift and carry 20lbs, be able to work around shellfish, squid, crabs, and other seafood, and have reliable transportation. You must be 18 years or older.  This position is from December until March each year.  Volunteers who have worked as a Blue Star in the past will have first choice of volunteer shifts each month.  Please note that there is little to no interaction with the sea turtles.  STR is committed to keeping our sea turtles wild and ready for release. 

Due to the overwhelming number of individuals interested in this position, we can no longer respond to letters, requests, resumes, email inquiries, or blue star applications at this time.  


Purple Star Volunteers:

 These volunteers assist at sea turtle releases with crowd questions, line set up, security, etc. At least 20 hrs  of previous volunteer experience with Sea Turtle Recovery is required for this position and is based on need.  


If you are interested in any of the AVAILABLE volunteer positions, please complete the form below: