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Live - in volunteers at Irelands first and only monkey sanctuary for rescued primates

Hiring Organization:
Monkey Sanctuary Ireland LTD

Date Posted:

Position Description:
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.

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- 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.

Support 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

Application Deadline:

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).

Contact Information:
willie heffernan
rockstown . wicklow wicklow

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