[MARMAM] Seal Rescue Ireland - Animal Care and Education Internship

Gale Loescher intern at sealrescueireland.org
Thu Aug 1 08:12:25 PDT 2019

Seal Rescue Ireland: Animal Care and Education Internship

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 dual focus Animal Care
and Education Internship programme for next year. With rolling start dates
year around, this high paced, full-time position is for a minimum of 12
weeks, but longer time commitments are encouraged. After completion of
initial training, interns who excel may be invited to stay longer and
offered higher levels of responsibility with the potential for compensation
through living expenses.

Reports to:  Animal Care Manager

Job Summary: This position provides the intern with a well rounded
experience of both hands-on marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation work,
and promoting public understanding of marine conservation as a whole.  The
candidate’s time will be split in half between assisting in the daily care
of the animals and hospital operations, and providing educational tours to
the public, assisting with fundraising projects, and assisting with
administrative duties. The variation of responsibilities provide interns
with excellent understanding of what it takes to successfully operate the
many different aspects of a wildlife charity. Additionally, each intern
gets the opportunity to independently plan one fundraiser project, to learn
leadership and organisational skills. Interns that excel may be offered
additional levels of responsibility to pursue specialized skill sets.

Requirements:  For consideration, applicants must have a background in
areas of study such as Pre-Vet, Biology, Zoology, Marine Biology,
Conservation Biology, Environmental Science or other animal related field.
Applicants must be able to follow written and oral instructions, possess
effective communication skills, and be passionate about marine animals and
their environment.  Applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance
in order to maneuver around enclosures, and must be physically fit and able
to lift 25 kg. Applicants must possess the ability to adapt in a fast
paced, ever changing environment and have a positive, purposeful attitude.
They must be willing to work long hours, nights, weekends and holidays.
Previous animal care and handling experience as well as public speaking
skills are preferred, however interns will receive training to develop
these skills.

Duties Include:


   Daily animal diet preparations and routine cleaning of enclosures and
   work areas.

   Assist with rescue and release of stranded animals.

   Take shifts overseeing the stranding hotline and coordinate seal rescue
   and transport.

   Assist in the care of seals (feeding, restraining, medical treatment,
   daily care).

   Help ensure that the clinical areas are stocked, hygienic and prepared
   to receive animals.

   Maintain and update medical records.

   Provide assistance to management and rehabilitation staff as needed.

   Assist with fundraisers and educational events.

   Assist with clerical duties and office work as needed

   Participate in educational talks and tours.

   Complete and arrange personal fundraiser project in aid of the center.

This is an unpaid position. Intern housing is available for 90 Euro/week
(including food) on a first come first served basis. Interns are
responsible for their own travel expenses.

Application Deadlines:

1st of September, 2019 for January to March, 2020 start dates

1st of December, 2019 for April to June, 2020 start dates

1st of March, 2020 for July to September, 2020 start dates

1st of June, 2020 for October to December, 2020 start dates

Please visit our website at (http://www.sealrescueireland.org/internships/)
to download the application form. Then send completed with your resume and
cover letter to: intern at sealrescueireland.org

Attention: Animal Care and Education Internship

Registered Charity: RCN 20108519
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