Two of our former interns, Lisa and Nick, have landed jobs at the SC Department of Natural Resources. They join Gretchen, another former Dewees Intern. Other Dewees interns have found positions at the SC Aquarium and International Falconry programs. Dewees is a great launching place for young careers!
Two of our wonderful Dewees Intern Graduates are now working in the area, Lisa and Nick. Here is the notice from SCDNR …
Lisa is another of our new employees. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Marine Science. She has significant turtle experience in South Carolina. Last summer, she was a sea turtle technician on Dewees Island. Living out on Dewees, she performed nest locating, protecting, and inventorying on Dewees Island as well as with the Cape Romain sea turtle project (which has the highest number of nests in the state). She also participated in conservation education to island members and school groups through the nature center, where she presented environmental programs about the local flora and fauna. She has also worked on Waties Island performing nest monitoring and protection during the season, as well as working on reports and data management after the season. She is experienced in boating and ATV operation as well as data collection and entry into seaturtle.org.
Nick is our third new employee. He received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Environmental Marine Science, and just completed a Masters in Environmental Studies from College of Charleston. He has significant turtle experience as well as shorebird experience in South Carolina. Like Lisa, he was a Dewees Island Wildlife Intern for a season, where he worked with the Cape Romain sea turtle project, the sea turtle project on Dewees Island, and also performed surveys and monitoring efforts on other local wildlife. He has worked with both DNR and the South Carolina Audubon Society on seabird and shorebird projects that involved nest monitoring, banding, habitat management and population surveys of many seabird and shorebird species. Very familiar with field work and data collection and entry, Nick also has significant boating and ATV experience.
We are excited to have added such talented people to our staff and we are looking forward to a great nesting season!
I’m also happy to report our second nest on Dewees found by Esther & Jimmy on June 4th. We relocated 111 eggs to a higher dune nearby just north of the shoal [north of Osprey Walk].
See you on the beach.
Cheers, loggerhead brother Gary