Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI) is a very busy marine animal rescue and
rehabilitation facility located in Courtown, Co. Wexford. It is the only
seal rehabilitation facility in the Republic of Ireland and is responds to
strandings nationwide. Most distressed seal calls are for Grey and Common
Seal pups which have become injured, orphaned or sick. In addition, SRI
promotes public engagement in sustainability and ocean conservation through
active education, outreach and research activities. The facility is
accepting applicants for positions in their challenging and exciting
internship program for start dates in Summer, Autumn and Winter. This is a
full-time position for a minimum of 12 weeks, however priority will be
given to candidates who can stay longer.
*Reports to: *Animal Care Manager
*Job Summary:* The position provides the intern with hands on rescue and
rehabilitation experience with stranded marine mammals. The candidate is
responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of
rehabilitation animals as well as providing educational tours to the
public. Interns will spend half their time in the hospital and the other
half of their time assisting with education, fundraising and clerical
tasks. The variation of responsibilities allows interns a broad
understanding of what it takes to operate a wildlife hospital and charity
organization. Each intern will be responsible for independently planning
one fundraiser project. Interns that excel may be offered additional levels
of responsibility as specialized program coordinators to develop further
skill sets. Promoted interns who can commit to longer terms can potentially
lead to compensation of room and board.
*Requirements: *For consideration, applicants must have a background or
interest in areas of study such as Pre-Vet, Biology, Zoology, Marine
Biology or other animal related field. Applicants must have the ability to
understand and follow written and oral instruction, and have effective
communication skills. Applicants should be agile with a good sense of
balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and holding areas, and
must be physically fit and able to lift 25 kg. Applicants must possess the
ability to adapt to a high paced, ever-changing work environment, possess a
good work ethic and positive attitude. They must also be available to work
long hours, nights, weekends and holidays. Previous animal care and
handling experience as well as public speaking skills are preferred,
however interns will be trained to develop skills in these areas.
- Daily animal diet preparations and routine cleaning of enclosures and work areas.
- Assist with rescue and release of stranded animals.
- Take shifts overseeing the stranding hotline and coordinating seal rescue and transport.
- Assist in the care and maintenance of the Centre’s rehabilitation animals (feeding, restraining, medical treatment, daily care).
- Help ensure that the clinical areas are stocked, hygienic and prepared to receive animals.
- Maintain and update medical records.
- Provide assistance to management and rehabilitation staff as needed.
- Assist with fundraisers and educational events.
- Assist with clerical duties and office work as needed (you will gain experience in all aspects of how a rehabilitation centre operates
- Participate in educational talks and tours.
- Performs other duties relating to the Centre’s goals and mission statement as required.
*This is an unpaid position. Intern housing is available for 85 Euro/week
for a first come first serve basis (including food). Interns are
responsible for all travel expenses.*
*Send a resume and cover letter and available dates to:*
Attention: Animal Care and Education Internship