Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
Mission: Jungle Friends is a 501-(c)-3 non-profit organization that offers permanent sanctuary care for a variety of primates who have fallen into the wrong hands or are simply no longer wanted. Our program is designed to rehabilitate and socialize primates with their own species. The primates in our care are successfully interacting with members of their own kind, many of which were once species isolated, neglected or abused.
Your work will include supervising and scheduling daily activities, general husbandry: cleaning, feeding, enrichment and some medical procedures, restraint and capture, grant proposals, fundraising, procuring donations, outreach programs and lectures. It will also include building and repairing habitats, general grounds maintenance, record keeping and will require basic computer skills. The work is labor intensive and the climate is very hot and humid in the summer and temperatures can drop to 20 in the winter. The work is difficult and can be stressful, but the rewards are great!
Go to http://www.junglefriends.org/junglefriends/Intern_Packet.pdf for an application. Note: This packet is intended for interns but serves as an employment application packet too. Be sure to indicate on your application that you are applying for the permanent caregiver position.
Jungle Friends monkey residents: Jungle Friends has 145 new-world primates, including white-faced or white-throated capuchins Cebus capucinus (lower risk), white-fronted capuchins Cebus albifrons (lower risk), tufted, brown or black-capped capuchins Cebus apella (lower risk), weeper or wedge-capped capuchins Cebus olivaceus (lower risk), a bearded capuchin cebus libidinosus (lower risk), common squirrel monkeys Saimiri sciureus (lower risk), black squirrel monkey Saimiri vanzolinii (vulnerable), black-handed spider monkeys Ateles geoffroyi (vulnerable), white-bellied spider monkey Ateles belzebuth (endangered), common marmosets Calithrix jacchus (lower risk), black tufted-eared marmoset Calithrix penicillata (lower risk), golden-handed tamarins Sanguinus midas (vulnerable) and cotton-top tamarins Saguinus oedipus (endangered).
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. Your own transportation is not required, but is recommended. We require that you come to Jungle Friends for a one-week trial period to evaluate your suitability for this position. The trial period may be waived for out-of-the-country applicants. Due to insurance and health considerations, we do not accept applicants who smoke. We also ask that you are (or are willing to become) a vegetarian. Communal meals are vegetarian/vegan. You cannot store, cook or consume animals at Jungle Friends. You must also be willing to make at least a one-year commitment and provide your own health insurance.
Starting salary is $20,000 per year.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
There is an option for room and board. Communal meals are vegetarian/vegan. You cannot store, cook or consume animals at Jungle Friends.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
13915 N SR 121
Gainesville, FL 32653
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