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Intern Caregiver (entry level)
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
Jungle Friends is a 501-(c)-3 non-profit sanctuary and home to over 100 new world monkeys (capuchins, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, marmosets and tamarins). The sanctuary is managed by the Founder/Executive Director, who lives on-site. There are generally four to six interns who also live on-site.
Your work will include general husbandry, cleaning, and feeding. It will also include building & repairing habitats, general grounds maintenance, and other labor or special projects as needed. You will participate in meal preparation and clean-up for communal meals, and are expected to keep your own quarters and shared living areas clean and neat.
Sanctuary work is labor intensive. Summer days in Florida are very hot and humid and in winter temperatures can drop to the 20’s. The working hours are long, usually sun-up to sundown. In the summer this can mean 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In the winter, heater checks are performed throughout the night. The work is demanding and can be stressful, but the rewards are great!
We are looking for very special people. You must be friendly and have good communication skills, work well with others and have the ability to lead others as well as follow. You must be even-tempered and down to earth. Interns are expected to embrace the communal, family-living style at the sanctuary while they are here. The successful intern will come to Jungle Friends with an open mind and open heart, ready to work hard and become a part of the Jungle Friends family. The number one rule at Jungle Friends is: the well-being of the monkeys always comes first!
We ask that intern applicants come to Jungle Friends for a 10-day trial period to evaluate your suitability for this position. If this is not possible, an exception can only be arranged through Kari Bagnall, our Executive Director. You must be in a position to make at least an 8-week commitment to Jungle Friends. Our internships are from 8 weeks to 1 year. We prefer longer internships.
Due to safety considerations, we will not consider applicants who smoke. An intern who is found to be smoking, whether on- or off-site, will be asked to leave immediately.
There is a fee of $75 per week of internship, to be paid in advance. For longer internships, the fee drops to $50 a week after 4 months. Following the trial, the fee must be paid in full in order to reserve the dates for your internship. Scholarships may be available in cases of hardship.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Room and board are provided. Meals are communal and vegetarian/vegan. Interns share in meal preparation and housekeeping duties.
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:
8 weeks to 1 year
To apply, please download and complete the application packet on our website, under Opportunities.
13915 N State Road 121
GAINESVILLE, FL 32653
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