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Capuchin Monkey Caretaker and Volunteer Coordinator
Communidad Inti Wara Yassi
Inti Wara Yassi is an organisation which operates several wildlife refuges in Bolivia. The refuge depends on the support of nonpermanent volunteers who come from all over the world for a minimum of two weeks.
The main goal of the wildlife refuge is to rehabilitate the animals. The refuge provides these animals with the respect they deserve and works hard to ensure the utmost freedom possible for each individual animal, when rehabilitation is not possible. Our philosophy is that no wild animal should be abused or kept as a pet.
At present we are looking for a person to manage the area known as the ´monkey mirador´in Parque Machia. The mirador is an area containing approximately forty Capuchin monkeys (Cebus libidinosus). There is a mix of free-ranging monkeys, and corded monkeys that are in the process of rehabilitation.
We are looking for a flexible, dedicated and highly motivated person. The ideal candidate will be a good communicator, with strong leadership abilities and lots of patience. They must also have the ability to cope well under stress and live in a developing country.
The duties of the volunteer will include:
-Supervising short term volunteers.
-Liaising with the veterinary and management staff of the park.
-Observing the behaviour and health conditions of the animals.
-General duties such as cleaning, feeding and maintenance.
-Training of new long-term volunteers to ensure continuity and stability for the animals.
We work mostly in English with the short term volunteers, and in Spanish with the management and veterinary staff, so at least conversational ability in these languages is essential.
The work is physically and mentally demanding so volunteers must be prepared for a challenge.
- A degree in biology, ethology, animal behaviour or a related field, or be in the process of obtaining a related qualification.
- Experience working with, and managing animals, particularly primates.
- Experience living/working in a developing country with a tropical climate.
The most important qualification is that the applicant be highly motivated and passionate about animals. All serious applicants will be considered.
No funding is available for this position.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Basic accommodation will be provided, as well as breakfast and lunch. All flights, visa arrangements, vaccinations, insurance etc. are the responsibility of the volunteer.
Term of Appointment:
Minimum time is six months.
See our website for more information on the organisation and life at Parque Machia.
Parque Machia, Villa Tunari
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