[MARMAM] URGENT: Irish Seal Sanctuary resident volunteer positions available

Laura O'Shaughnessy-Hunter laura_oshaughnessy_hunter at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 1 07:57:24 PDT 2010

The Irish Seal Sanctuary is a registered charity dedicated to providing shelter, treatment and rehabilitation for rescued marine wildlife found in difficulty around Ireland’s coast. The ISS strives to improve the welfare and conservation of seals and other marine animals and create awareness and understanding of Ireland’s coastal environs and their wildlife communities. 
The ISS has been rescuing and rehabilitating seals since 1988 in Garristown, Co.Dublin.
After many attempts to relocate and create a national marine conservation and education centre, the ISS is finally relocating to Courtown, Co.Wexford and building a facility that will be open to the public.
To make the move a success, the ISS is urgently looking for full time volunteers to join our dedicated and experienced team to help run this first season in the public eye, and rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured seals. We are looking for volunteers who are able to come for a minimum of 3 months between May 2010 and April 2011.
Job description:
The resident volunteers will participate in hands-on daily animal husbandry and critical care; coordinating rescues and releases; keeping accurate detailed records; maintaining animal facilities, including kennels and pools; maintaining and cleaning public facilities, including the visitors centre and public pathways; and interacting with the public. 
The ISS rescues and rehabilitates around 60 seals a year. We get harbour seals in the summer months, usually from June to August/September and grey seals in the winter, usually from September until March/April. 
The work hours are long (9-12 hours) and physically demanding. The volunteers work 5 days a week, with two days off. The position is unpaid, however shared accommodation and a grocery allowance are provided. Interns are accepted internationally and are responsible for their own transportation to and from Ireland.

Responsibilities/duties will include (but are not limited to):
The volunteers will report to the animal managers and will be trained in

Food preparation
Safe animal handling and restraining 
Tube feeding, force feeding, hand feeding seals
Natural history of harbour and grey seals
Record keeping
Administration of injections and oral medications
Assisting in rescues and releases nationwide
General cleaning duties of animal and public facilities
Hygiene and quarantine protocols to prevent the spread of disease etc.
Assisting veterinarians in surgical and medical cases when required
20 years or older, with a full driving licence and an avid interest in marine mammal care and rehabilitation. Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience in animal care.

Experience in handling wildlife preferred
Ability to get on well with others in a small team and shared accommodation, working and living within a small group in rural setting
Excellent organisational and communication skills
Ability to work under pressure
A commitment to wildlife, conservation and volunteer work
Flexible and reliable working attitude
Willingness to work long hours outdoors in Irish weather
Be self-motivated, show initiative and an ability to work without constant supervision
Experience in interacting with the public/ public speaking
Able to lift 20kg and be in good physical shape
Be enthusiastic and eager to help and learn
To apply for this position please fill out and application form, available at www.irishsealsanctuary.ie, and send to Nicola Davies at animalmanager.iss at gmail.com
For general information about the Irish Seal Sanctuary visit this website www.irishsealsanctuary.ie 		 	   		  
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