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General Sanctuary Operations Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education is looking for a dedicated and passionate person to join their voluntary staff team on a long term basis.

Accommodation and all vegetarian meals are provided in return for your work. A small stipend of 1200 ZAR per month may become available after 1 year commitment.

We are looking for someone with a driving licence and preferably basic handyman skills to help us in the following areas;

Generally assist in all areas of sanctuary operations;
* Daily enclosure cleaning (2-3 hours per day)
* Daily food preparation and giving to sanctuary baboons
* Daily enrichment preparation and giving to sanctuary baboons (normally prepared by volunteers and given by the successful candidate)
* Daily monitoring of adult baboons
* Giving any additional vitamins/supplements to sanctuary animals
* Driving food within the reserve
* Collecting food from local stores and farms
* Sorting/cleaning food donations
* Picking up volunteers from the airport/dropping them off
* Hosting game-drives
* Trained to identify flora and fauna and train short term volunteers on what natural foods to collect for the baboons to eat
* Giving presentations if interested

And to help when/if possible in other areas:
* Maintenance and development of enclosures
* Supervising orphans
* Supervising volunteers/training volunteers (once trained)
* General plumbing/electrical/building repairs around the volunteer accommodation (we are not necessarily needing an expert, but some experience, basic knowledge/instinct and a willingness to improve is essential)

None, but preferably animal or skill related achievements.

Driving licence is mandatory

You will receive all vegetarian meals and free accommodation with hot showers and electricity, you will be provided with 1 GB wifi per month which is accessible from Volunteer Village and the Education Centre

A small stipend of 1200 ZAR per month is on offer after a years commitment

This is a voluntary staff position, usually we request volunteers to pay for their resource use but as you will be considered unpaid staff we are offering this as a free stay with a small stipend available after a years commitment.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
All meals provided, accommodation and 1 GB of Wifi is provided per month (additional Wifi/ snacks can be purchased on site)

You are responsible for your visa; we ask you to apply for at least a 1 year visa in your home country (takes min 4 weeks to process).
You are also responsible for your flights/travel to Phalaborwa and all medical insurance etc.

Term of Appointment:
Minimum 6 months, ideally 1 year or more

Application Deadline:
To start anywhere from September 2017

Situated on the banks of the Oliphants River, in the middle of a stunning 3000 hectare South African Nature Reserve(part of Balule Nature Reserve), the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (C.A.R.E.) is the perfect location for a wild animal rehabilitation centre.

We specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of chacma baboons since 1989. In the last 5 years there have been dramatic changes at the centre with the building of new semi-wild enclosures, veterinary clinic, education centre, volunteer accommodation, nursery facilities and more.

Transport The closest town to the centre is PHALABORWA. Flights and buses are available from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa, and arrangements will be made to collect incoming volunteers from Phalaborwa (either airport or bus depot).

By Plane to Johannesburg to Phalaborwa

Flights leave from the domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport. The flight is ± 1hour, 15 minutes. These flights are conducted by SA Express (
By Bus - Johannesburg to Phalaborwa

Buses leave from the Johannesburg Park Station or the Midrand Bus Station.
Translux buses depart Jo'Burg early every day at Midrand and Pretoria, arriving into Phalaborwa late afternoon.
You can reserve online at Try to book your bus ticket at least a month in advance as they definitely fill up!

The Phalaborwa area borders a malarial zone and it is incumbent upon each person to take medical opinion on vaccinations and whether or not to follow a malaria prophylactic program. There are no formal vaccinations requirements for entering South Africa.

see; for a general volunteer guide and more info about the centre

Contact Information:
Phalaborwa PO Box 1937, Phalaborwa, 1390, South Africa
South Africa

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