The Irish Seal Sanctuary
Focus: Conservation and Marine biology.
The Irish Seal Sanctuary is Ireland’s only full-time, 24 hour, and wildlife rescue - rehabilitation facility. It provides a service for the entire country and is sustained entirely by voluntary effort and in field conditions. The Sanctuary currently deals with more than 1,000 telephone calls per year reporting injured or distressed seals.
The Irish Seal Sanctuary is Ireland's only full-time, wildlife rescue / rehabilitation facility. We deal with sick or injured seals and marine wildlife, and also have active programmes in research and education. The Irish Seal Sanctuary is a professionally run Wildlife Hospital, Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility. We are a registered charity and to date have received no State or Government grant or funding. It is sustained entirely by voluntary effort and financed by donations from the public and grant bodies.
Ireland has 6,000 km of coastline excluding islands and has jurisdiction over 18% of European waters. At the ISS we provide a rescue and rehabilitation service for the entire country. Over the past 16 years we have seen a dramatic increase in the demand on our services. We currently deal with in excess of 1,000 telephone calls per annum reporting injured or distressed seals, or marine related incidents.
The Irish Seal Sanctuary deals mainly with seals, (Grey seal and Harbour Seals) but has also rescued dolphins, porpoises, otters, deer, numerous birds in distress and even a Siberian tiger.
Costs & Benefits
Duties include cleaning seal pens, preparing food for the seals, force feeding sick pups, record keeping, general maintenance and seal rescues – collecting sick seals from the country, and releasing them back into the wild.
Food and accommodation are provided free of charge. Volunteers must arrange their own transport to the ISS from their own country. Small shared apartment.
Ability to work as part of a team. A driving license is essential. Volunteers must be fit. Training will be given. Veterinary experience useful but no essential. Min 18 years old.
Irish Seal Sanctuary
The BEaT Centre
Tel: (01) 835 4370
Location:County Dublin Ireland
Average cost per day: No Fees
Focus: Conservation and Marine biology
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old with full driving license