Volunteer with us

Donate your time to The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary by becoming a volunteer or joining us on a work experience programme..

Volunteers play a vital role at The Sanctuary and volunteer placements/work experience is available throughout the year. The type of work varies between seasons. Placements run for a minimum of 1 week and there is no maximum. The great thing is we have volunteer placements all year round and there is no cost.

To quality for the place you must:
- Be aged 18 or over
- Be physically fit and able

All placements can involve anything and everything that the Animal Care Team do here at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

The daily routines will consist of helping with clinical care of seal pups, hospital cleaning and maintenance, record keeping, fish feeding, taking part in conservation events and also interacting with visitors. You must come with a great attitude and you will leave with a great feeling!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I do just a day or two work experience?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. All volunteers at The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary are fully integrated into our team, and we spend a lot of time in ensuring that you can get the most out of your placement with us. Because of this, and the time it takes for us to offer training, we need to make sure that our valued time is put to its best use.

Is there a cost for the work experience?

There is no cost. This is completely free of charge. We understand the lack of opportunities to gain experience in this field which is why we offer the placements. The only cost is that you give it your all and bring with you a smile.

Do you offer accommodation during the placements?

Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation. There is a bed and breakfast/caravan accommodation just 5 minutes walk away called "Dalrannoch Farm". They offer special rates for those on work experience with us. Oban, which is only a 20 minute bus ride away also has various youth hostels. Please do look first where we are situaed. We are 2.5 hours from Glasgow and 3 hours from Edinburgh.

What date restrictions do you have?

We have no restrictions whatsoever. We are open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day and will take volunteers all year round. The dates are up to you.

What is the next stage?

The next stage is to drop us an email to oban.sealifecentre@merlinentertainments.biz. Let us know a little about you, your required dates and why you want to come and join us on placement.

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