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Capuchin Monkey Area Coordinator

Hiring Organization:
Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The capuchin monkey area is home to up to 100 capuchin monkeys, 3 spider monkeys, plus 4 white-fronted capuchin monkeys. The work here includes feeding the monkeys, cleaning the cages, providing enrichment for them and the general maintenance of the area. Some of the monkeys are able to spend their days outside their cages on runner systems, and you will need to watch over them to make sure that they are safe. You will also be in charge of the volunteers in your area.

The role requires autonomy and organization in carrying out the daily routine, which involves cleaning, preparing food, checking the animals and overseeing the volunteers? work. The coordinator must have a strong level of teamwork, responsibility and initiative. The main goal is that the animals receive the best possible care and attention in the most efficient way possible.

Due to the different responses of some capuchins to males and females, we are looking for a male person to fill the remaining position in our mixed coordinator team.


The monkey area coordinator will be in charge of the monkey area and of the caretaking of the monkeys.
Training new volunteers and teaching them the management techniques that have been put in place there as well as introducing them to the animals.
Take measures to ensure the safety of yourself, the volunteers, staff and visitors to the sanctuary.
Working with the biologist to update the animal files and liaise with the administrator to make sure that all information is up to date on the computers.
Record observations, deaths, births, and illnesses and learn the behaviours of our monkeys.
Manage the daily routines and change them according to the conditions of that day.
Assure the safety of the volunteers and help them with any problems they might have.
Organise the calendar of activities, such as bleach days and treatment days and provision and cover for days off.
Understand the foods that they can and cannot eat and change the daily diet and meal times depending on what is available here in the park.
Listen to the volunteers, as they might be able to see things that you do not see.
Oversee the cleanliness of the area and the health of the monkeys.
Administer medicine and treatments if necessary and communicate regularly with park vets to ensure that health issues are communicated clearly and are being managed appropriately.
Carry out, when required, general repairs to your area.
Ensure that volunteers comply with park rules and report any breaches to the Administrator immediately.
Ensure the proper usage, safekeeping and return of all sanctuary equipment by all area volunteers.
Ensure that only volunteers assigned to your area are allowed to enter and report to the volunteer coordinator if any individual attempts to enter a prohibited area.
Attend sanctuary meetings as directed by the Administrator or the President and maintain a good level of communication with them.
Monitor the conduct and performance of all volunteers in the area and report to the Administrator or Volunteer Coordinator for any cause for concern or performance related issues.
Have a full understanding of the emergency procedures in the case of animal attacks, escapes or accidents.
Maintain a proactive involvement in the management of the group?s diet, including volume of food given and variety.

Candidate should have a strong interest in monkeys, in their behaviour and their well-being. Candidate should also have at least medium English or Spanish speaking, reading and writing abilities and the willingness to learn both languages.

This is a voluntary position for a minimum of 6 months. Position is available for immediate start.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
CIWY will provide you with breakfast, lunch and accommodation. Rooms and bathrooms are shared, with up to 4 people in each room.

The days start at around 7am until 6pm everyday. You will have one day off per week and 1 week off every 6 months.

Term of Appointment:
CIWY asks that any future publications that should arise from your work here include a reference to the organisation.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled

Please apply via email to

Including your CV and a letter of application, indicating:
Why you are interested in this opportunity.
Your experience with primates.

Contact Information:
Milli Spence, none


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