St. Johns County is seeking volunteers to survey wrack lines to recover stranded washback sea turtles and conduct beach cleanups from August through November. Volunteers will be scheduled for bi-weekly beach cleanups, and will remain on call to survey wrack lines when needed. All volunteers assisting the Beach Steward Sea Turtle Washback Program must follow the steps as outlined in the volunteer webpage at www.sjcfl.us/HCP/VolunteerWashback.aspx. This page includes required training information and a County volunteer application. Volunteers must also pass a background check, possess a valid Florida driver license, complete the online orientation session, and attend one mandatory survey training that is conducted on the beach. Trainings are scheduled for the following dates and locations, and pre-registration is not required:
• Aug. 17, 8 to 9 a.m. at Butler Beachfront Park, 5860 A1A South.
• Aug. 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at South Ponte Vedra Recreation Area, 2993 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd.
Children under the age of 18 are welcome to volunteer, but they must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. For more information, visit the St. Johns County Sea Turtle and Beach Steward Volunteer webpage at www.sjcfl.us/HCP/VolunteerWashback.aspx, or call (904) 209-3740. All trainings are subject to cancellation in case of weather events. Check the webpage for cancellation updates.