Live - in volunteers at Irelands first and only monkey sanctuary for rescued primates
Monkey Sanctuary Ireland LTD
Located in "The Garden of Ireland" Rathdrum, county Wicklow is Ireland's first and ONLY monkey sanctuary for rescued primates. This sanctuary has no connection with any other non-primate sanctuary in Ireland!
We are home to over 25 primates including capuchins, Japanese macaques, Hamadryas baboons and guenons.
There are also parrots, ostrich, emus, polecats, dogs, cats, horses, geese, ducks and swans that live here at the sanctuary. We are also an ecological hotspot for Irish wildlife.
We have an ongoing need for 3-6 month live-in volunteers.
Volunteers assist with day-to-day operations at the sanctuary. Tasks include helping with primate feeding, feeding other sanctuary animals, assisting vet team if needed, enclosure cleaning and care, maintaining site facilities and equipment, painting and assisting with other manual tasks. Volunteers pitch in wherever needed most. Volunteers must have patience (daily tasks can be repetitious), be willing to assist with any situation that arises, work outdoors in all weather and have an enthusiastic, optimistic spirit.
Visit www.monkeysanctuary.com to learn more.
- Minimum 20 years old
- Paid work experience
- Experience working with animals, experience with primates is an advantage
- English speaking preferred but non-essential
- Good general health and physical stamina
- Able to adapt easily to changing tasks/schedules and to basic living conditions with a small group
- Prior experience working with primates
- Work experience as part of a group or project team
- Building, welding, mechanical or veterinary skills
For veterinarians, welders, builders and mechanics qualifications and length of stay are negotiable ...please inquire.
This is an unpaid position although pocket money is provided to cover expenses (e.g food, heating, water etc.). No travel expenses, research grants or stipends provided.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Lodging and vegetarian food are provided at the site. Please be willing to share accomodation with any other volunteers. Remember that this is a sanctuary for the animals first and foremost.
Internet is provided.
Term of Appointment:
3-6 months for regular live-in volunteers
Suits people wanting to gain hands on experience and day-to-day knowledge of running a busy sanctuary. Opportunity to learn about primates and Irish wildlife whilst living in a tranquil but convenient rural setting (20 minutes to Wicklow town and 45 minutes to Dublin).
Secondary opportunity: Apart from the volunteer position, there is also a unique opportunity for the right individual, whose dream is to devote their life to primates, to become a full and equal live-in partner at The Monkey Sanctuary Ireland. Must have a passion for primate care and a willingness to learn, and must be willing to live in Ireland full term. If interested please write (no emails for this position) to the founder/owner William Heffernan (see address below). Only serious, mature candidates need apply.
rathdrum.co wicklow wicklow
Questions and Comments
Questions about a specific job listing should be directed to the
contact person listed for that job. Questions and comments about using
the Primate-Jobs web site can be directed to Joe Kemnitz at