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Education Manager

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 Education Manager position. This high paced, full-time position is for a minimum of 6 months, but longer time commitments are encouraged. This is an unpaid position to start, although compensation is provided in the form of all housing, food, utilities and basic necessities. After the initial training period, there is the opportunity for an additional performance based stipend. Seal Rescue Ireland is looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Applications are due on the 27th of May, 2020.

Reports to: Operations Manager 

Job Summary: The Education Manager will be responsible for overseeing and developing SRI’s marine conservation and sustainability focused education programs for various audiences and groups of visitors. The Education Manager will need to be able to plan, develop and deliver educational programs, activities, games, and materials which are tailored to each group’s specific needs, ages, interests and curriculum. They will plan/attend community outreach events, school visits, birthday parties, fundraisers and networking events to promote awareness of SRI’s mission of marine conservation and wildlife rehabilitation. They will also give daily educational tours of the Centre and animal hospital, as well as providing customer care in the gift shop, and training interns on these duties. There may also be involvement in assisting with animal husbandry and maintenance of rehabilitation animals if desired. 

Requirements: Applicants must have a background and dedicated interest in areas of study such as Education, Child Development, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Conservation, or a related field. Background knowledge of marine mammals is preferred but not required. Applicants must be organized, personable, self-motivated, resourceful and have experience facilitating events and lessons for large groups. Great networking and public speaking skills are a must. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a high level of professionalism and diplomacy whenever they are representing Seal Rescue Ireland. We are looking for a candidate that works well as a team and is comfortable around individuals of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds. Finally, applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment, and be available to work nights, weekends and holidays. Applicants must be fluent in English, as this position will require the successful applicant to speak in front of large groups. For non-native English speakers coming from European countries, we require a C1 level of English.

Duties Include: 

  • Manage and build on SRI’s education programs
  • Lead groups of children and adults in educational activities 
  • Give educational tours of the facility to visitors and school groups to promote marine conservation
  • Create educational plans, events, activities and materials
  • Attend community outreach events to represent SRI’s mission
  • Plan and assist with fundraisers 
  • Provide customer service to visitors in the gift shop and education centre
  • Train interns to give educational tours, lead activities, and provide customer service
  • Assist in the care and maintenance of the Center’s rehabilitation animals (if interested) 
  • Provide assistance to the hospital staff as needed
  • Performs other duties relating to the SRI’s goals and mission statement as required. 

Application Deadline: 27th May, 2020

Please send your completed application with your resume, and cover letter to: [email protected]

Attention: Education Manager

Registered Charity: RCN 20108519

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