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Primate Rehabilitation Volunteer Internship

Hiring Organization:
Wildtracks Primate Rehabilitation Centre

Date Posted:
2018-05-04

Position Description:
Wildtracks is home to Belize's National Primate Rehabilitation Centre, which caters to both of Belize's primate species - the Endangered Yucatan black howler and Geoffroy's (or Central American) spider monkey. Wildtracks is working with the Forest Department to end the illegal trade in pet monkeys in Belize and is having remarkable success in rehabilitation and release - with a 94% post-release survival of the howler monkeys released to date. The Centre generally has 45+ monkeys in rehabilitation at any given time.

Primate interns are assigned to one or more monkeys, and work with those individuals for the duration of their placement. Tasks depend on the stage of rehabilitation of the primates in care, with human contact being gradually weaned as monkeys progress through the rehabilitation process (orphaned infants require a surrogate mother figure, while monkeys nearing release have no direct contact with humans). Sub-adult to adult primates in care are fed four times daily, and nursery aged primates are fed every 3 hours - sometimes through the night. As such, primate interns can expect to work long days, generally from 6:30am to 5:30pm, with short breaks throughout the day.

Other tasks include: cleaning, preparing enrichment materials, enclosure maintenance, and the opportunity for some work with other various Belizean wildlife, particularly manatees.

Qualifications/Experience:
No qualifications necessary, only a passion for conservation, strong interest in primates and rehabilitation, good work ethic, and positive attitude. All necessary training will be provided on site.

Salary/funding:
A financial contribution of US $750 is required for the first month, and US $650 for subsequent months.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Meals and basic on-site accommodation provided. Air fare and visa expenses not covered.

Term of Appointment:
Ongoing (30 day minimum placement)

Application Deadline:
Ongoing

Comments:
Visit our website or contact volunteer@wildtracksbelize.org for more information!

Contact Information:
Alysha McGrattan
La Isla Road
Sarteneja, Corozal District, none PO BOX 278
Belize

Telephone Number:
001 501 650-6578

Website:
http://www.wildtracksbelize.org

E-mail Address:
volunteer@wildtracksbelize.org

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