Internships with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s animal care team run for three months at a time from either October - December or January - March.   This period is usually our busiest as it is the grey seal pupping season meaning this is when the majority of our rescue and rehabilitation work is taking place.

Our intern would be expected to work with us five days a week from approximately 8am - 5pm during their internship. They will work with the animal care team to assist in our daily routine which involves feeding and caring for our resident animals, preparing diets, cleaning of enclosures and work spaces, as well as environmental enrichment for our residents.
As it will be pupping season, you will also assist in the rehabilitation of rescue seals which may include clinical care, feeding, vet visits, rescues and releases. This is a great opportunity for someone to learn how rehabilitation is done first-hand with our rescue seals, as well as getting an insight into what goes in to caring for our resident animals full-time including long term treatments, training and enrichment!
There will also be opportunity to learn from our animal care team about positive reinforcement training as well as being able to create new enrichment devices for our residents. We would also encourage our intern to take a lead with our regular and work placement volunteers; showing them the basic duties etc when they first start with us.
To apply you Must:-

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be able to commit to three months (September-December or January-March)
  • Arrange own transport and accommodation (please note: Gweek is fairly isolated and public transport is limited)
  • Have an up-to-date Tetanus vaccination and have had an influenza vaccine in the past 12 months
  • Complete the application form, write a cover letter, provide proof of right to work and your CV
  • Be physically fit and able (be able to lift up to 20kg)
  • Be able to swim 25m (we work around pools of water)
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Have a positive attitude!
Click here to download the application form.

Closing date for winter 2024/25 internships : 15th June 2024

Application Process

Please send your covering letter, CV and application form to the work experience´s email address G.Workexperience@sealifetrust.com.

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.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview, but the Sanctuary thanks all applicants in advance for their interest.
VolunteerLamour preparing and weighing the fish!
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