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Are you feeling at a loss with the recent government announcement of the global climate change and biodiversity crisis?

By volunteering with us, you’ll have an opportunity to have a positive impact on Ireland’s wildlife and environment.

Local volunteers are fundamental to Seal Rescue Ireland’s work: simply put, without them, our work would be impossible. In 2018 alone, 44 local volunteers committed 5,934 hours at the rescue centre.

Our local volunteers are involved in every aspect of running the organisation; animal care, facility maintenance, public engagement, education, communication and administration. All of this helps them gain and share valuable knowledge, build skills and friendships, and create unforgettable experiences!


  • Part-time, with a minimum commitment of no less than 2 full days (16hours) per week for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Aimed at localised community members, who are looking to gain experience in marine conservation and wildlife rehabilitation, but are unable to commit to full time volunteering.
  • As a long term, local volunteer, you will get a more in-depth learning experience.


  • “I’ve gained a lot from my time at SRI. From learning new skills and meeting some great friends to having the chance to spend time with the beautiful seals. It’s such a unique experience that I’ll always be grateful for.”
    Rosie, Courtown
  • “Meet people who want to change the world.”
    Keith, Gorey

Activities include

  • Assisting with daily care and maintenance of seals in rehabilitation (i.e. feeding, medical treatment, daily care)
  • Routine cleaning of enclosures and work areas
  • Daily animal diet preparations
  • Assist with releases
  • Assist with clinic and quarantine area stock and preparation for receiving animals
  • Maintain and update medical records, using our state of the art database
  • Assist with SRI’s many ongoing conservation initiatives as well as, basic maintenance of the facility.
  • Potentially assist with releases and other special events
  • Take part in our immersive education programme, with the opportunity to gain valuable public speaking experience as a tour guide.
  • Assist with ongoing community engagement and fundraisers (optional)
  • Provide assistance to education and rehabilitation staff as needed
  • Assist with fundraisers and community events
  • Learn and practice hospital hygiene protocols

Please let us know if you have any additional skills or interests that you would like to contribute! Our local volunteers have a diverse set of skills that suits our multi-faceted organisation. There are endless opportunities to put your skills to use and help protect Ireland’s seals, ecosystems and oceans!

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