Our survey structure is designed by Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the number of volunteer positions available is defined by its format, explained SCCF Coastal Wildlife Biologist Jack Brzoza. Currently, the number of names on the waitlist, some of whom signed up several years ago, has eclipsed 100—more than our entire group of active volunteers. Only a few volunteer openings occur each year and the later waitlist additions may be several seasons out from participating.
“We regret that we can no longer accept new volunteer requests or add to the waitlist at this time,” Brzoza said. “Unfortunately, it’s not possible to involve all of the wonderful members of our community offering to volunteer their time in a way that would provide everyone with a meaningful sea turtle volunteer experience.” Amidst this challenge, the influx of support we’ve seen through volunteer requests has proven once again that our community is exceptionally encouraging and passionate.