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Visiting Intern

Hiring Organization:
Fauna Foundation

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Position Description:
Fauna Foundation is accepting applications to the Visiting Intern Program. This rigorous 8-week program combines training in compassionate care for nonhuman primates with experience in non-invasive behavioral studies. Visiting interns are at the sanctuary daily and will receive training and experience in safe procedures to work around adult non-human primates, particularly chimpanzees. They will assist in preparation of meals and enrichment, cleaning enclosures, housekeeping, and participating in a non-invasive behavioral study. The first weeks are intensive training in protocols and procedures and understanding chimpanzee behaviors. After several weeks each intern becomes more autonomous and has responsibilities in care and behavioral study. This program provides a unique blended training experience developing skills in care and research. The program is directed by Fauna's Primate Communication Scientist.

Fauna Foundation is a sanctuary for chimpanzees, monkeys, and other nonhuman animals and a wildlife preserve located in Carignan, Quebec, outside of Montreal. Some of the chimpanzees are retired from biomedical research. Others were participants in cross-fostering research or were former zoo residents. Two use American Sign Language to communicate. The philosophy of Fauna Foundation is that the needs of the residents come first.

Applicants must be fluent in English, have completed at least one year of university level education or two years of CÉGEP, and must be 18 years of age or older. American Sign Language and French are helpful. Graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates from various academic backgrounds (e.g. Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, etc.) and all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Upon acceptance visiting interns are required to provide proof of a negative TB skin test and tetanus vaccination prior to arrival.

The program cost is $2,000.00 Canadian Dollars. Limited onsite housing is available for $1,000 Canadian.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The fees do not include travel and food. Housing is modest living quarters with cooking facilities on the sanctuary property.

Term of Appointment:
The Program dates are June 10 - August 2, 2019

Application Deadline:
March 15, 2019

Contact Information:
Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold
3802 Ch. Bellerive
Carignan, QC J3L 3P9

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