Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Want to help save Sea Turtles for a living?!?

If you want to dedicate your life to helping save sea turtles, now is your chance. The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is hiring!

Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN), located near Pt. Reyes National Seashore (1 hour northwest of San Francisco), seeks a motivated grassroots activist to devise and implement campaigns to reduce the demand for industrially caught fish in order to protect endangered sea turtles, marine mammals, sharks, fish and the future of ocean life. We need a passionate, hard-working individual to help lead and coordinate the Sustainable Oceans and Fisheries Solutions Program of our Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP).

The sea turtle and ocean campaign coordinator will be charged with strengthening protections for endangered sea turtles and the oceans. To achieve this, the campaign aims to significantly impact U.S. consumption of industrially-caught seafood by building awareness of the environmental, health, and social impacts of eating such fish. This will be accomplished by changing people’s seafood choices and behaviors, putting grassroots pressure on companies and governments to change their ways and reforming fishery policies.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: Previous success and experience in grassroots and internet-based organizing, corporate campaigns, and policy work is needed. Environmental science background highly desirable. Lobbying experience a plus. Strong communication, research, writing, planning, public speaking and online skills are essential. Candidates must be hard-working, goal oriented, persistent and have an indomitable spirit to fight corporate and government inaction and deceit. You will only succeed in this position if you are motivated and eager to go the extra mile to make things happen. At the same time, we are seeking a team player able to work well within our small, dynamic organization.

REQUIREMENTS: This is a full-time, salaried, position. Candidate must be able to work in the Turtle Island offices in beautiful, rural West Marin, CA. Successful candidates must live nearby, be willing to relocate and/or have reliable transportation for commuting from the Bay Area. Some travel, after-hours and weekend work.

ABOUT US: Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) is the parent organization of Sea Turtle Restoration Project. TIRN also runs the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network. TIRN is a small, risk-taking organization with big vision known for achieving environmental wins with limited resources. Joining the organization provides the opportunity for hands-on campaign work, stretching your skills, trying new approaches and engaging in a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment. The campaigner will report to the Program Director.

SALARY: Low $40Ks plus excellent benefits and the opportunity to work for a successful organization fighting to protect sea turtles, oceans and the environment. Seeking to fill the position by June 8 or before. Position open until filled. TIRN is committed to creating a diverse workforce.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and a cover letter to: Sea Turtle and Ocean Campaign Position, Sea Turtle Restoration Project, POB 370, Forest Knolls, CA 94933 or email to tshore@tirn.net. Fax 415-663-9534. Please no calls.

Office location: 9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema CA 94950. Please check the location of our site before applying for this position.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tell National Marine Fisheries Service that you DO NOT support backpeddaling!

NMFS's new plan for Hawaii-based shallow-set longline fishery would nearly triple the number of loggerhead sea turtles caught each year. We must act now to prevent their plan from taking effect. They are accepting comments online and by mail through Monday, May 18, 2009.

Please hurry to their website before they reverse the progress that has been made in recent years towards saving the sea turtle population.


A full description of the proposed fishery management plan amendment is available online as well.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Does your mom love turtles too? Here's the perfect gift!

Adopt a Nest of Sea Turtles for Mother's Day!

Instead of giving flowers and candy this year, adopt a nest of sea turtle hatchlings in honor of your mother.

Sea turtles have graced our oceans for 100 million years. The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is working hard to make sure that as many hatchlings survive as possible.

When you adopt a nest of sea turtle hatchlings, your loved one will receive:
• A personalized certificate of adoption
• A color photograph of your hatchlings emerging from their nest
• Fact sheets about the sea turtles
• A one-year membership in the Sea Turtle Restoration Project including a subscription to our newsletter, Viva La Tortuga!

Adoption funds support sea turtle conservation work, including:
• Projects to protect sea turtle nesting beaches
• Efforts to ensure that sea turtles are not needlessly caught and drowned in industrial fishing lines and nets
• International programs to teach local communities about sea turtle conservation.

Order at: http://seaturtles.org/adopt

Adopt-A-Nests are $45.00 for addresses within the U.S. and $55.00 for addresses outside the U.S.

The deadline to order a Mother's Day Adopt A Nest is May 6. After May 6th, we cannot guarantee the adoption packet will arrive in time for Mother's Day.

The Adopt-a-Nest Program is tax deductible.