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Are you looking for a rewarding wildlife rescue opportunity?

This no-experience-needed programme will have you rescuing and transporting sick, injured and orphaned seals in no time.

Every year, Seal Rescue Ireland has a growing number of reports of distressed or stranded seals from around the entire coast of the Republic of Ireland. Whether that’s due to growing environmental threats or increased public awareness of our services, we now need more trained volunteers nationwide than ever before.

We host regular Rescue Training Workshops on zoom. Currently, we have a growing network of over 900 trained rescue volunteers nationwide. After attending just one, 3-hour workshop, you’ll be qualified to operate under Seal Rescue Ireland’s Wildlife Handling License.

Rescue Volunteer Membership


Please make sure you have read all the instructions from the Rescue Network Page before purchasing, this one-time fee is non-refundable.

Choose from the training dates available below:

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Additional information

Training Date

8 January @10am, 11 February @10am, 12 March @10am

Book your spot for upcoming training in three easy steps!

  • Book your spot for one of our planned Rescue Training Workshops.
  • The Stranding Network Coordinator will then reach out to you with a liability waiver to fill out and zoom detail.
  • Then just attend the training session and you will be all set!

For information on Rescue Network Opportunities outside of Ireland, visit

Who can volunteer with our Stranding Network?

  • Residents of the Republic of Ireland
  • Anyone with a valid driver’s license and access to a car
  • You must be 18+ in age

What will I learn at the workshop?

  • Learn about the ecology, life strategies, behaviour and threats to Ireland’s seal population.
  • Learn how to determine if a seal is in need of human intervention based on its physical condition and behaviour.
  • Learn how to safely lift, transport and transfer sick, injured and orphaned seal pups to minimise stress and maximise the chance of survival.
  • Learn how to effectively engage with members of the public to reduce disturbance, and proactively prevent rescue situations.

What will I need?

  • A sturdy box or dog crate to transport the seal in
  • A large towel to use when moving the seal
  • Gloves and Waterproof Pants
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