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Primate Husbandry Internship (May - July 2013)
Endangered Primate Foundation
EPF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting primates through conservation, education, and husbandry. We serve species threatened with extinction in the wild and individuals whose welfare is threatened by private possession or substandard facilities. The Primate Conservation Center (PCC) provides long-term specialized care for displaced primates from the pet, research, and entertainment industries. Financial contributions support in-situ primate conservation initiatives and educational outreach is offered to the community.
The Primate Husbandry Intern will live on-site and provide daily care for small primates at the PCC temporary location during development of the new PCC permanent facility. Responsibilities include insuring safety and security, feeding, diet preparation, administering medications, enrichment, enclosure cleaning, general housekeeping, and monitoring of animal health and welfare. The successful candidate will cover seven morning (~20-30 minute) shifts and four early evening (1-2 hour) shifts weekly, for a total of 10-15 hours per week. Timing of shifts is somewhat flexible to allow for other concurrent employment or college coursework. Coverage can be arranged for periodic short absences. Primates at the facility include two marmosets and two lemurs. The successful candidate will also assist with transitioning the animals to the new facility.
This opportunity is ideal for individuals seeking hands-on experience in primate husbandry. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in relevant college coursework or pursuing a career in the animal science field. Requirements include general understanding of and concern for animal welfare, ability to follow directives and work safely around wild animals, good communication skills and reliability. Previous experience working with primates is preferred but not required. Proof of negative TB test within the past 6 months is required. The successful candidate is required to live on-site for the duration of the internship.
There is no stipend for this position. Interns are responsible for providing their own food, transportation, and other living expenses.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Compensation is free on-site housing, electricity, and water for 3 months with potential for extension. The home, located in Jacksonville, Florida, includes three bedrooms, one bathroom, living room, office, laundry room with washer and dryer, and kitchen with appliances. There is a large fenced-in yard and patio. Shared housing with spouses, children, and pets is negotiable.
Term of Appointment:
15 May 2013
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