Seal Care and Rehabilitation Volunteers

SealCenter - Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen
August 8, 2020
Netherlands, Netherlands
Closing date


Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, is a specialized hospital in the north of the Netherlands, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and sick seals. Every year we rehabilitate on average 300 native seals, Harbor (Phoca vitulina) /Grey (Halichoerus grypus) seals, and return them back to the wild.

Currently we are seeking to add to our team, with some dedicated and hardworking volunteers/interns for our Seal Care department for the upcoming Winter period, from January 2021 till the end of March 2021. During this period we could expect, parasitic pneumonia and trauma patients (wounds, eye problems, broken bones...) of grey seal pups as the main cause of stranding for the seals in the Wadden Sea.

We are looking for those persons, of an age of 18 years and over, with a desire to assist our experienced nurses with the day to day care of the seal patients. As a member of our Seal Care team, tasks you could expect to take part in can include but are not limited to: assisting the nurses with tube feedings, medical procedures (weighing, transportation, and assisting physical examinations/wound care), preparing individual and special diets, sanitation of enclosures following our strict protocols, etc.

No previous experience with wild animals is required as there will be full training and reference material given, although the preferable candidates will be able to dedicate a length of stay from a minimum of 12 weeks, till 24 weeks or more! Working 5 days, an average of 40 hours per week.

As like any other hospital/rehabilitation centre, we are caring for patients here 365 days a year, including Christmas and New Year’s. We are especially looking for persons who can work/stay through/past those weeks, experiencing a unique and helpful way to spend the holiday season working together with the already dedicated staff and volunteers.

We have accommodation on site, and for a small fee per week you can eat all your daily meals and stay in an internationally diverse environment. Due to this, the common speaking language is strictly English, so we expect candidates with a moderate level of speaking, reading and writing of English.

Because we are a rescue centre, and a hospital, you could expect that there could be some heavy times, both emotionally and physically. But, we hope that with the right attitude, flexibility and professionalism it would be a rewarding and satisfying experience to help those seal patients in need.

For further application information please contact the Head of the Volunteers, Vicky Stoneman via email on, or by phoning the centre’s main information number on 0031, 595, 526 526. For general information on our activities please check out our website

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