Seal Rescue Ireland: Animal Care and Conservation 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 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 and UK 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 and Assistant Animal Care Managers
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 will get the opportunity to gain experience in:
–Hands on Animal Care: rehabilitation and husbandry of sick, injured and orphaned Common and Grey seal pups (including helping with rescues and releases).
–Education and Outreach: speaking to the public about marine conservation and threats facing our oceans during educational tours of the centre, as well as public outreach events offsite.
–Habitat Restoration: Participating in tree planting events and beach clean events.
–Research: Biological monitoring of local woodlands, habitat assessments of restoration sites, stream health assessments, coastal surveys, seal counts, public opinion surveys.
–Fundraising: Taking part in various events and activities to raise funds in fun, creative ways to ensure SRI can continue its mission.
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 fields. 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 maneuver 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.
- 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.
- Arrange and complete 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.
Please visit our website at (http://www.sealrescueireland.org/internships/) to download the application form. Then send a completed application form with your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]
Attention: Animal Care and Conservation Internship
Registered Charity: RCN 20108519