Volunteer placements are available throughout the year and the type of work varies between seasons. It is in your own interest to organise your placement dates for the time of year most suited to your requirements. Placements run for a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of 8 weeks, starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday. Please note that placements are only organised up to 10 months in advance.
Be aged 18+
Be aware placements run for a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of 8 weeks
Complete an application form fully
Arrange your own transport and accommodation for the duration of your placement (please be aware Gweek is quite a remote village and public transport is limited)
Have an up to date tetanus check
Be physically fit and able
Provide the required documents requested from the ‘Right to Work’ sheet in the application form upon attendance
Be prepared to get stuck in with everything the Animal Care Team does!
19th February - 4th March (2 week placement)
All placements will include the same general daily routine with resident animal feeding, husbandry and care; however there is a different focus of activities depending on the time of year. The two different types of placement available are as follows:
Rehabilitation: mainly takes place from October to March with the rescue of grey seal pups. Aside from the daily routine, volunteers will additionally assist with the rehabilitation process including helping with pup clinical care, Hospital cleaning and maintenance, record keeping, rescues and releases.
Residents: from April to September there is more focus on activities with the resident animals. Volunteers during this period will additionally assist with providing them with a variety of behavioural enrichment activities and training sessions, take part in conservation events and also interact more with visitors.
All volunteers must apply using the application form that you can download here along with further detailed information regarding bookings, accommodation and clothing requirements. All placement dates will be agreed with our Work Placement Coordinator and following this must then be secured with a £10 deposit that is refundable on attendance. Failure to send a security deposit will result in the placement being cancelled if it is not received one month before the placement commences. Failure to attend will forfeit your deposit at the discretion of the Work Placement Coordinator and/or Senior Management.
Our 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. 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.
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 be 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:-
Previous marine mammal experience is not required, although a pre-existing interest in pinnipeds and an animal care background would be an advantage.
Duties may include:-
* [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.]
Interested individuals are required to send the following documents to; Gweek.Workexperience@merlinentertainments.biz.
Application Deadlines: 19th February for Spring and Summer 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 our work experience email.
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