The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s Internships are a fantastic way to experience different areas of working with marine animals and our paddock animals also.

The Autumn internship runs from October - December and our Winter internship runs from January - March. You are required to commit a full 40 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks including some weekends. We also have internships available through Spring (April - June) and Summer (July - August), the Spring and Summer internships are focused on gaining experience with our resident creatures. Internship positions are unpaid.

Volunteer During their time at the Sanctuary, interns will be exposed to a dynamic and stimulating work environment, and will assume a variety of responsibilities to support the Sanctuary´s animal programmes.

Interns will take part in a training programme to gradually increase their responsibilities among the animal care team.

Intern Qualifications and Responsibilities

The nature and demands of the role require prospective interns to meet the following criteria:-
  • Minimum age of 18;

  • Must have own transport and accommodation

  • Good health, including ability to lift and move heavy weights (no more than 30kgs);

  • The ability to work a flexible, full-time schedule;

  • The ability to learn quickly and perform varied tasks in a fast-paced work environment;

  • The ability to laugh!
Previous marine mammal experience is not required, although a pre-existing interest in pinnipeds and an animal care background would be an advantage.
Volunteer Duties may include*:-

  • Daily animal diet preparations, including food, nutritional supplements and drugs;

  • Daily cleaning of work areas and animal enclosures;

  • Daily feeding and care of seal pups in rehabilitation programme (this cannot be guaranteed);

  • Daily feeding, training and enrichment of resident pinnipeds;

  • Assisting with rescues and/or releases of marine mammals (this cannot be guaranteed);
  • Assisting with animal treatments, examinations and sampling;

  • Maintaining animal clinical and husbandry records;

  • Maintaining equipment, facilities and supplies;

  • Talking to facility visitors about seal rehabilitation and resident animals;

  • Other activities relating to the Sanctuary´s operations, subject to supervisory discretion.
* [Please note that this list is a guide; an intern may not be asked/able to complete all of these duties during the term of the internship.]

Application Process

Individual interested in the internship programme are required to send the following documents to G.Workexperience@sealifetrust.com

  • Cover Letter (with details of availability and relevant experience);

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (with reference contact details).

Click here to download the application form.

Application Deadline: 11th November for the Winter internship

Because only a limited number of internships are available, applicants are strongly urged to provide relevant evidence of their suitability for the role and of their potential contribution to the Sanctuary´s operations.

Please send your cover letter and CV to the work experience email address.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview, but the Sanctuary thanks all applicants in advance for their interest.

For all enquiries regarding scientific research at the Sanctuary (including students), please email the research email.
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