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Apprentice Caregiver (senior intern)
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
This is a one-year advanced internship.
The apprentice caregiver is expected to learn and be able to take a team leader role in sanctuary operations. The apprentice should be proactive in assuring that all necessary tasks are completed. The job includes:
General husbandry caring for over 100 New World monkeys:
--Clean outdoor habitats and indoor enclosures.
--Prepare diets and feed.
--Monitor the monkeys’ physical and emotional well-being.
--Medical procedures and restraint and capture, when necessary.
Build and repair habitats.
Planning and monitoring socializations.
General grounds keeping.
Clean and repair other sanctuary buildings.
Direct and oversee interns and volunteer groups.
Record-keeping and some computer and office work.
Share in preparing communal meals.
Participate in fundraising campaigns, outreach and advocacy for captive primates.
The work is labor intensive and the hours are long, usually sun-up to sundown. The climate is very hot and humid in the summer. In the winter, temperatures can drop to 20, and duties include heater checks throughout the night. At times days off are scarce. We do, however, try to give a day off every week and, when appropriate, a long weekend. The work is difficult and can be stressful, but the rewards are great!
Successful completion of a 4-month Jungle Friends entry-level internship is a prerequisite for apprentice applicants. (In the case of applicants who have equivalent experience caring for new world monkeys in a sanctuary setting, this requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Board.) Please see listing for Entry-Level Intern Caregiver or visit the Opportunities section of our website for more information.
Apprentices receive room and board and a $500/month stipend.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Room and board are provided at the sanctuary. This is a vegetarian organization. No meat is allowed to be consumed, cooked or stored on Jungle Friends premises, and no animal products can be purchased for use at Jungle Friends. Jungle Friends opposes exploitation of animals.
Your own transportation is not required, but is recommended.
Term of Appointment:
Apprenticeships are limited based on availability of funding and the needs of the sanctuary, and are awarded at the discretion of the Executive Director. Completion of an entry-level internship does not guarantee that an Apprenticeship will be awarded.
13915 N State Road 121
GAINESVILLE, FL 32653
386-462-7779 or 386-418-0808
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