Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
The caregiver is expected to learn and be able to take a team leader role in sanctuary operations. The caregiver should be proactive in assuring that all necessary tasks are completed.
The duties include:
• General husbandry, caring for over 100 New World monkeys:
• Clean outdoor habitats and indoor enclosures.
• Prepare diets and feed.
• Monitor the monkeys' physical and emotional well-being.
• Medical procedures and restraint and capture, when necessary.
• Build and repair habitats.
• Planning and monitoring socializations.
• General grounds keeping.
• Clean and repair other sanctuary buildings.
• Direct and oversee interns and volunteer groups.
• Record-keeping and some computer and office work.
• Participate in fundraising campaigns, outreach and advocacy for captive primates.
The work is labor intensive and the hours are long, usually sun-up to sundown. The climate is very hot and humid in the summer. In the winter, temperatures can drop to 20, and duties include heater checks throughout the night. The work is difficult and can be stressful, but the rewards are great!
At times days off are scarce. We do, however, try to give a day off every week while you are in training (usually 4 months) and once trained you will have 2 days off each week.
We are looking for very special people; we need happy and healthy people to work with the monkeys. 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. Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary has a no-complaint policy; any issues are taken up with your immediate supervisor. We prefer some veterinary experience, but it is not necessary.If you do not have any medical experience, we may have you shadow our veterinarian to teach you some of the basics.
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 while you are on the property. You must also be willing to make at least a one-year commitment and provide your own health insurance.
Earnings: Stipend is $15,600 per year (paid monthly at $1300 after your first month). You will be expected to take care of your own taxes, as nothing will be taken out of your intern stipend. If you have never interned/volunteered at Jungle Friends, we require a 4-month probation period to properly train you for the position, unless you can provide documented prior experience or training with references.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Communal meals are vegetarian/vegan. We promote veganism. You cannot store, cook or consume animals at Jungle Friends.
On-site Accommodations: If you would like to live on-site and there is space available, we will talk to you about the cost of room and board, approximately $800 a month.
Term of Appointment:
We ask for at least a one year commitment.
Application: http://www.junglefriends.org/job_caregiver.shtmlfor Jungle Friends' Intern Packet (in .pdf format). 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 Primate Sanctuary
13915 N SR 121
Gainesville, FL 32653
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