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Primate Caregiver Apprentice

Hiring Organization:
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

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Position Description:
The apprentice caregiver is expected to learn and be able to take a team leader role in sanctuary operations. The apprentice should be proactive in assuring that all necessary tasks are completed. The job includes:
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.
Share in preparing communal meals.
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. At times days off are scarce. We do, however, try to give a day off every week and, when appropriate, a long weekend. The work is difficult and can be stressful, but the rewards are great!

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.

A stipend of $500 per month.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Apprentices receive room and board. All meals provided are vegan/vegetarian. No meat or dairy is allowed to be cooked, consumed or stored on the property.

Visit for 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 primate caregiver apprentice position.

Contact Information:
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
13915 N SR 121
Gainesville, FL 32653

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