Volunteer / work experience 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 (including some weekends). Please note that placements are only organised up to 10 months in advance.
Volunteer spaces up to the 21st of January are now full.
2019 placements up to the 30th of June are now open!
Please note - internship applications for Jan-March are closed
To qualify for a placement you must:
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:
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 £15 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.
Download your applications forms here.
Our internships are a fantastic way to experience different areas of working with marine animals and our paddock animals also.
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 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.
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:-
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.]
Individual interested in our internship program are required to send the following documents to G.Workexperience@sealifetrust.com
Application Deadline: 11th November for our 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 our work experience email.
For all enquiries regarding scientific research at the Sanctuary (including students), please email our research email.