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Volunteer Manager

Hiring Organization:
Vervet Monkey Foundation

Date Posted:

Position Description:
An amazing opportunity at an accredited GFAS and PASA monkey sanctuary in South Africa. This position will ensure adequate supervision and training of short term volunteers to maintain a high level of care for our 570+ Vervet and Samango monkeys.


Welcoming all new volunteers, including giving orientations and tours
Responsible for ensuring the Volunteer village is kept tidy and clean and to report any problems.
Keeping a shopping list up to date with items required for the foundation?s needs.
Supervising the kitchen staff to ensure enough food for the volunteers at lunch and dinner.
Daily rota: assigning volunteers to duties for the following day using an excel spreadsheet. This can be a
complicated task but is vital to the smooth running of the centre.
Liaising with volunteers, first point of contact if any problems / questions, days off etc.
Responsible for all health & safety aspects regarding volunteers such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers etc.
Collecting volunteers from the bus stop (if driving license)
Taking volunteers out on half days at the weekend in the local area (if driving license)
Being involved with all areas where needed such as monitoring of monkeys, helping in baby season, sickbay,
construction and general monkey handling, maintenance of centre or fruit collecting.
Attending volunteer meetings on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and participate where necessary.
Attend staff meetings and participate where necessary.
There will be the opportunity to become involved with fundraising, promotion projects and other.
Oversee all tasks that relate to the smooth running of the centre in relation to volunteers.
Following up with manager to see that all tasks related to monkeys and volunteers get completed.
Working on adhoc projects with Sanctuary Manager.

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

Excellent organization and coordinating skills
Reliable, flexible, patient and responsible
Basic computer skills ? word and excel
Able to create a daily ever changing work schedule
Manual driving license (preferred)
Able to speak to volunteers in groups between 1-40
Work on own initiative
Perform all tasks in the best interest of the foundation, monkeys and the volunteers.
Certificate in First Aid (not essential)
Strong interest in wildlife conservation
Able to work in a hot climate at times
Able to work as a team leader with people of different personalities and backgrounds
Able to live and volunteer in the same community of people with changeable dynamics
Positivity & enthusiasm

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

A monthly stipend is offered.

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

Term of Appointment:
18 months minimum, although stay longer is preferable.

Situated in Limpopo Province, an hour from Kruger National Park

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

Telephone Number:
+27 78 195 4215


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