Sea Turtle Lighting Specialist Positon Opening: Volusia County, FL, USA

The County of Volusia's Environmental Management Division is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Sea Turtle Lighting Specialist to work in the Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation Plan Program.  This position is 40 hr/week, contract position. 

Major duties include:
Conduct lighting inspections from the beach at night; complete compliance enforcement actions including all associated documentation according to a chain of procedures; conduct plan reviews for compliance with the ordinance; provide constructive public relations; provide project leadership for innovative lighting solutions; research and write grant proposals; work a flexible schedule; cary out other duties associated with and in support of Volusia Country Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance and Health Conservation Plan. 

Illustrative duties: 
(The following are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work perofrmed.  The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position).  

  • Investigates complaints regarding violations of environmental codes or ordinances. 
  • Advises property owners of potential violations and feasible methods of correcting the violations.
  • Documents all activities and, when necessary, acts as prosecution witness to resolve violations. 
  • Prepares daily reports, summarizes, and recommends appropriate action to be taken. 
  • Assists in surveys by obtaining and recording essential information and collecting documentation for case files. 
  • Operaties field equipment for job functions. 

Minimum requirements: 
Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Forestry, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Environmental Science, Geology, Hydrology, Environmental Engineering or related field.  A comparable amount of education, training, or experience may be substituted for the minimum education to include: at least four (4) years of environmental management experience. The preferred applicant will be self motivated; have knowledge of basic sea turtle biology and the harmful effects that artificial light causes to wildlife; have at least one (1) year of experience conducting sea turtle lighting inspections; have grant writing, night time photography, and proficient computer skills.  Must possess a valid Florida's Driver's License and have experience driving ATV's and 4-wheel drive vehicles.  Applicant must be able to work evening hours to conduct night inspections for lighting compliance throughout the year and must be detail oriented. 

Salary: $15.00/per hour
The positon is 40 hr/week, contract position.  The person will be hired though a staffing service agency.  This position does not provide any County benefits.  

Application submittal:
A business style writing sample must be submitted with your application.  The sample should be in letter, informational, or research summary format and be no longer than one page. 

Resume, writing sample and a list of at least three (3) references must be submitted to Jennifer Winters, Habitat Conservation Plan Program Manager, Environmental Management Division, County of Volusia, 440 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 or via email at

Applications must be received by November 19, 2013 at 5:00pm.

Volusia County is a drug free workplace.  A background check and county-sponsored physical will be required. 


Mental Demands: Ability to read and comprehend technical and professional journals and manuals, reports, blueprints, legal documents. Ability to write clearly and concisely. Ability to speak publicly and extemporaneously on technical subjects. Ability to perform basic mathematical functions. Ability to analyze data
and develop conclusions.

Physical Demands: Light work. Ability to traverse uneven and/or wet ground. Ability to see: Distance vision, Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors) Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point) Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), hear, talk, feel, kneel, reach, balance and climb.

Environmental Demands: Both inside and outside work. Exposure to inclement weather including humidity, heat, rain, cold, dust, mildew, noise, and bright light.

Stacey Bell
County of Volusia Environmental Management
Beach Habitat Conservation Plan Field Manager
440 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114
(386) 238-4716
(386) 238-4772 (fax)