Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent Training

The courses below are designed to certify passing students in one FWC authorized gopher tortoise agent activity or provide vital contextual background information on the biology and ecology of tortoises. For more information download our course descriptions/schedule below.

Survey and Permitting Guidelines Course

  • 3 Days
  • Ecology and Natural History of Gopher Tortoises
  • Gopher Tortoise Permitting Process and Guidelines
  • Gopher Tortoise Survey Techniques


Gopher Tortoise Capture Procedures
(not backhoe/mechanical)

  • 1 Day
  • Bucket and Live Trapping
  • Hand Shovel Excavation
  • Health Evaluations


Gopher Tortoise Marking, Transport, and Release

  • 0.5 - 1 Day
  • Measuring, Marking, and Processing Gopher Tortoises
  • Transport, Holding, and Release of Gopher Tortoises


Gopher Tortoise Recipient Site Management

  • 2 Days
  • Assessing the Suitability of Recipient Sites
  • Gopher Tortoise Diet and Reproduction
  • Recipient Site Permitting and Monitoring


Mechanical Excavation of Gopher Tortoise Burrows

  • 1 - 2 Days Per Individual
  • Field-Based Training


Infraction/Remedial Training Courses: Variable

*Private, custom courses available upon request


Lance Arvidson, M.S.

President + Ecologist