Chimpanzee Caregiver Intern
Chimps Inc. is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary, located in Bend, Oregon. Our mission is to further chimpanzee conservation through education while providing a refuge for animals that have come from a variety of backgrounds: roadside zoos, the entertainment world, and the private sector. We currently have seven chimpanzee residents and two lynx. Our internship program offers the unique opportunity to live and work with these animals and experience all aspects of sanctuary life. The dedication and commitment of interns not only helps us in the operation of the sanctuary, but it is a vital component of our educational mission.
Interns are responsible for cleaning animal enclosures, creating enrichment, preparing diets, dishes and laundry, gardening, and otherwise maintaining the facilities. In addition to husbandry, there are regularly scheduled educational workshops in which interns will learn more about varying topics pertaining to both captive and wild chimpanzees and running a sanctuary. Interns are expected to complete an independent project that is relevant and applicable to Chimps Inc.
Interns work five eight and a half days per week. Since the sanctuary operates seven days a week, intern day(s) off may vary. This program is labor intensive but is very rewarding to those who are dedicated, motivated and willing to learn. Chimps Inc. maintains a 100% no physical contact policy; interns are not allowed to touch the animals.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Primate experience is not required. Interns should be dedicated, work well with others and individually, be a self-starter, have a good work ethic, good communication skills, and a positive attitude. Because this program is labor intensive, applicants should also be in good physical condition.
Documentation of current TB test, tetanus shot, Hepatitis B series, and health insurance coverage are required.
To support our programs, we require fees to cover various internship costs, including but not limited to, training materials and time, shared housing, utilities, and other amenities. All fees must be paid in full before arriving at the sanctuary and the cost is $100/wk.
Comfortable housing is provided and pets are not allowed. The sanctuary is located in a rural setting that requires transportation to all stores and retail areas. We are approximately 20 miles from the nearest airport and about 10 miles from the city of Bend.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Interns are responsible for their own transportation and food expenses. Interns without their own transportation will be provided a ride into town once a week to do their necessary grocery shopping. On-site laundry machines are available and it is suggested that interns bring a cell phone and their laptops.
Term of Appointment:
Minimum of 6 weeks
Rolling Application deadline
Fill out an application at http://www.chimps-inc.org/intern/
PO Box 6973
Bend, OR 97708
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