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Seal Rescue Ireland, Courtown Harbour

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Animal Care

Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI) is a charity organisation which operates a busy marine animal rescue and rehabilitation centre located in Courtown, Co. Wexford. As the only facility that fully rehabilitates seals within the Republic of Ireland, SRI responds to strandings nationwide. Most reports are for young grey seal ( Halichoerus grypus) and common seal ( Phoca vitulina) pups found sick, injured or orphaned across the Irish coastline. In addition, SRI pursues understanding and public engagement of ocean conservation and sustainability through education, community outreach and research programmes.

SRI is currently accepting applications for their dual focus Animal Care and Conservation Internship programme. With rolling start dates year-round, this high paced, full-time position is for a minimum of 12 weeks, but longer time commitments are encouraged. After completion of initial training, interns who excel may be invited to stay longer and offered higher levels of responsibility.

Due to Covid-19, Seal Rescue Ireland is only considering applications from Irish residents until further notice. All offers of internship positions with Seal Rescue Ireland may be subject to change depending on government regulations and advice, as well as SRI’s decisions on what is best for the health and well-being of our team. We thank everyone for their flexibility and understanding during this crisis.

Reports to: Animal Care Manager

Job Summary: This position provides the intern with a well rounded experience of both hands-on marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation work, and promoting public understanding of marine conservation as a whole. The candidate’s time will be split between assisting in the daily care of the animals and hospital operations, and providing educational tours to the public, assisting with fundraising projects, and assisting with administrative duties. The variation of responsibilities provide interns with excellent understanding of what it takes to successfully operate the many different aspects of a wildlife charity. Additionally, each intern gets the opportunity to independently plan one fundraiser project, to learn leadership and organisational skills. Interns that excel may be offered additional levels of responsibility to pursue specialised skill sets.

Requirements: For consideration, applicants must have a background in areas of study such as Pre-Vet, Biology, Zoology, Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science or other animal related field. Applicants must be able to follow written and oral instructions, possess effective communication skills, and be passionate about marine animals and their environment. Applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to manoeuver around enclosures, and must be physically fit and able to lift 25 kg. Applicants must possess the ability to adapt in a fast paced, ever changing environment and have a positive, purposeful attitude. They must be willing 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 receive training to develop these skills. Applicants must be fluent in English, since clear communication is essential when working around wild animals. For non-native English speakers coming from European countries, we require a C1 level of English.

Duties Include:

  • 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 coordinate seal rescue and transport.
  • Assist in the care of seals (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
  • Participate in educational talks and tours.
  • Complete and arrange a personal fundraiser project in aid of the centre.

This is an unpaid position. Intern housing may be offered to successful applicants for 90 Euro/week (including food). Interns are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Application Deadlines:

1st of November, 2020 for January, February, March and April, 2021 start dates

1st of January, 2021 for May, June, July, and August, 2021 start dates

1st of May, 2021 for September, October, November, and December, 2021 start dates

Please visit our website at ( http://www.sealrescueireland.org/internships/) to download the application form. Then send completed with your resume and cover letter to: intern@sealrescueireland.org

Attention: Animal Care and Education Internship

Registered Charity: RCN20108519

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About Seal Rescue Ireland, Courtown Harbour


Courtown harbour, Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Wexford Y25TP93, IE

Mission Statement

Rescue. Rehabilitate. Release. Educate.


Seal Rescue Ireland is a not for profit Charity (CHY21315) that works around the clock with a team of hard working resident volunteers to care for Grey and Common Seals from around the coast of Ireland. We deal on average with around 100 - 120 seal pups per year who come in to the centre injured, sick or orphaned. We aim to rehabilitate the pups back to full health and then return them to the wild when they are fit and ready.

We rely entirely on the public coming in to the centre to fund our work. We are open daily for visitors to see the rehabilitation work first hand and see the seals in care. Our volunteer interns provide guided tours of the facility to inform guests about the steps of the rehabilitation process, and the stories about each individual animal in care.



We'll work with your schedule.


Seal Rescue IrelandCourtown HarbourGorey, Wexford Ireland



  • Environmental Education
  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Internships are full time for a minimum of 12 weeks.

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