Marketing and Development Internship

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 Marketing and Development internship programme. With rolling start dates year around, 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 with the potential for compensation through living expenses.

Reports to:  Director

Job Summary: This position will provide the intern with work experience in all aspects of a rescue and rehabilitation centre with primary focus in the marketing, advertising, public relations, and management of donors and sponsors. The intern will be expected to oversee fundraising programs and help with development, plan/attend events, and source other types of funding. Other duties include assisting with the donor program, clerical and administrative duties. Partial involvement in assisting in the husbandry care of rehabilitation animals is an option if interested.

Requirements: Applicants are desired that have a previous experience in fundraising and/or worked/volunteered for Not-for-Profits. A degree or pursuit of a degree in business management, event planning, marketing, public relations, fundraising, or a similar field is preferred. Applicants must be organized, personable, adaptable and have the ability to plan events. Background knowledge of marine mammals is a bonus but not required. Having a positive attitude, strong work ethic,  and public speaking skills is a must. Applicants must possess the ability to handle multiple projects, and be available to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Duties Include:

  • Attend and Plan events/fundraisers

  • Research/Write Grants (no prior experience needed but writing skills essential)

  • Daily Clerical and Admin Duties

  • Management of Donor Program

  • Marketing Duties including poster and ad design (if able)

  • Assist in the care and maintenance of the Center’s rehabilitation animals (if desired)

  • Participate in educational talks or tours at the facility.

  • Provide assistance to the Manager and rehabilitation staff as needed.

This is an unpaid position. Intern housing is available for 90 Euro/week (including food) on a first come first served basis. Interns are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Please visit our website at ( to download the application form. Then send completed with your resume and cover letter to:

Attention: Marketing and Development Internship   

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