Every year, a large number of volunteers and interns arrive at the SRRC for a period of at least 6 weeks and at most 3 months, to embark on an internship or period of voluntary work. People from all over the world, with a special interest in seals, sign up for voluntary work at the centre. Also, students (worldwide and with many different study backgrounds), wanting or needing to complete an internship, apply to be an intern at the SRRC.
Volunteers and interns help us, depending on their training and study background, with the care of the seals, the feeding, the cleaning of the seals" accommodation and the workspaces, and with scientific research. Sometimes, in consultation with and under the supervision of the SRRC"s scientific staff members, they carry out research projects that are related to seals, their habits or their habitats.
Due to the nature of the work and the seals" continual need of care, most volunteers and interns reside at the SRRC. The centre has (limited) accommodation for volunteers: a couple of dorms and a living space where volunteers and interns can spend their free time. Volunteers and interns must take turns in cooking for the group. This is also a unique way to get to know and appreciate each other"s culture, as the groups often consist of people from many different nationalities. The main language, therefore, is mostly English.
Because the number of applicants for voluntary work and internships at the SRRC far exceeds the number of available positions, we employ a careful selection procedure for taking on volunteers and interns.Those interested in voluntary work or an internship should contact the SRRC +31 595 526 526 and ask to speak to Hanneke Kuilman or mail to: info(at)zeehondencreche(dot)nl. You will then be sent an application form.