[MARMAM] URGENT: Irish Seal Sanctuary Resident Volunteers Required for June onwards

ISS Management animalmanager.iss at gmail.com
Fri May 6 09:32:55 PDT 2011

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,

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, *UK, Northern Ireland, Ireland based*,
who are able to come for a minimum of 3 months starting from June 2011.

*Role description:*

The resident volunteers will participate in hands-on daily animal
rehabilitation; giving critical care to sick or injured seals, coordinating
rescues and releases; keeping accurate detailed records; maintaining animal
facilities, including hospital units and pools; maintaining and cleaning
public facilities, including the visitors centre and public pathways; and
giving tours and actively interacting with the public.
The ISS rescues and rehabilitates from 60 to more than 80 seals a
year.  Harbour
seals arrive 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,
there is a fee that helps towards shared accommodation and basic groceries.
Volunteers are required to have an advanced level of English, in both
speaking and comprehension.  Volunteers are responsible for their own
transportation to and from Ireland.  We require a police background check
and an up to date TB and tetanus.

*Responsibilities/duties will include (but are not limited to):*

The volunteers will report to the managers and will be trained in

   - Food preparation
   - Safe animal handling and restraining
   - Tube feeding, force feeding, hand feeding seals
   - Knowledge of the 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.
   - Interacting and giving tours to the public through the sanctuary.


20 years or older, with a full driving licence, advanced level of English
comprehension and speaking and have 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 with/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

If you require more information please email
nicola_dutymanager at irishsealsanctuary.ie

To apply for this position please fill out an application form, available at
www.irishsealsanctuary.ie, and send to Nicola Davies
nicola_dutymanager at irishsealsanctuary.ie

For general information about the Irish Seal Sanctuary visit this website
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