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Primate Carer

Hiring Organization:
Vervet Monkey Foundation, South Africa

Date Posted:

Position Description:
An amazing opportunity at an accredited GFAS and PASA monkey sanctuary in South Africa. This position will ensure the monkeys are given a high standard of care and ensure adequate supervision and training of short term volunteers.

Monitoring the health of all monkeys in your area daily, assisting with the care of orphans in orphan season.
Working with the local staff and volunteers to check all monkeys have food and water, cages are clean and see that all their needs are met
Observations of behavior of monkeys within your area to collect data for troop integrations etc.
Enrichment of cages
De-worming monkeys in your area, possibly administering medications to them
Training and supervising new volunteers on a daily basis to help look after your area of responsibility. (This includes before having a day off to ensure your area is covered)
Sharing your knowledge with other volunteers and being friendly towards them
Attending volunteer meetings on Wednesday evenings and participate where necessary
Attend staff meetings and participate where necessary.
Fundraising projects are an essential ongoing need of the foundation and we expect long term staff to participate regularly to help with funding.
Take on other responsibilities to help the centre with funding and progression for the monkeys and the volunteers.
Write articles for newsletter with updates on your areas.
Attend & participate in regular volunteer and staff meetings

This list is not exhausted and may vary depending on season or changes to the foundation.

Attributes required for the position:
Patience, reliable, flexible, responsible, punctual and conscientious
Supervisory skills
Work on own initiative as well as in a team
Perform all tasks in the best interest of the foundation, monkeys and the volunteers.
Strong interest in wildlife conservation
Able to work in a hot climate at times
Able to work with people of different personalities and backgrounds
Able to live and volunteer in the same community of people with changeable dynamics
Trust, honesty and respect towards all members of the team
Patient and friendly towards volunteers
Fluent English speaking

Qualifications / Experience:
Min 4 A-C grade GCSEs with further education or equivalent
Experience in supervising people (preferred but not essential)
Previous volunteer experience / experience with animals
Suitable animal / primate qualification (preferred)
Experience in a working environment for a min of 2 years

No salary for the first year but if commit to an additional year then a small stipend may be offered after the first year.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
On-site accommodation, laundry and vegan meals provided.

Term of Appointment:
2 year Minimum

Situated in Limpopo Province, an hour from Kruger National Park

Contact Information:
Josie Du Toit
Plot 35, California
Tzaneen 0850 0850
South Africa

Telephone Number:
+27 78 195 4215


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