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Primate Caregiver

Hiring Organization:
Wild Futures

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Wild Futures Sanctuary currently houses 46 primates consisting of 25 capuchin monkeys (Cebus and Sapajus sp), 15 common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), three Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) and three woolly monkeys (Lagothrix sp). The majority of the residents are victims of the exotic pet trade in the UK.


Primate Caregiver

Reporting to: Primate Care Manager
Responsible for: Volunteers and interns.
Please note that reporting lines may change from time to time in line with organisational changes. As a small team we always anticipate change.

Summary of Role:
Members of the care team are responsible for all aspects of daily care, working together to enhance and improve the lives of the primates at the Sanctuary. All members are required to work with all primate species housed at the Sanctuary as well as help support other aspects of the charity's work if required.


o all aspects of daily care for the resident primates (diet preparation, feeding, preparing and giving medication, cleaning enclosures, creating enrichment)
o monitoring the health and well-being of the primates in your care
o caring for special needs primates with various health conditions such as diabetes
o planning and conducting primate socializations
o conducting behavioural observations
o record keeping using a database system
o Able to work around the animals in a respectful and calm manner

o Responsible for supervising and mentoring volunteers and interns
o Ensuring volunteers and interns are provided with clear direction and instruction, guiding activities and behaviours
o Inspiring volunteers and interns as a positive role model

o Speaking to members of the public on open days in an informative, positive and respectful manner as ambassadors of the Sanctuary

o Stock taking and the ordering of supplies
o Supports the shift working arrangements in place and is prepared to cover shifts, when necessary staying overnight at the Sanctuary
o Supports general grounds maintenance, household duties and territory maintenance as required

o Compliance with all relevant health and safety protocols and relevant HR materials including but limited to safeguarding. Includes, but not limited to emergency procedures, risk assessments and safe working practices. Demonstrable ability in instructing others and ability to monitor team compliance.

Team Player:
Respect for, and commitment to, the vision, mission and values of Wild Futures
Interacts positively with the team, respects the views and opinions of others and
engages positively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures
Sees where support may be required and openly offers and provides it
Works collaboratively and builds positive working relationships
Appreciates the bigger picture, pragmatic and reasoned
Looks for common ground and goals to support the team
Doesn't allow ego to undermine the success of the role
Able to be flexible and adapt to new situations as they arise

Outcomes & Targets Associated with this role:
Provide a valuable contribution in developing and maintaining the high welfare standards of the Sanctuary

Please email CV and letter of interest to
No agencies please.
Closing date: 30th June 2019

Background & Qualifications:
o At least two years' experience working with primates in an animal sanctuary,
rescue centre or similar environment
o Good communication skills, confident and articulate, fluent in English language
o Proven ability to multi-task and prioritise, remaining calm under pressure
o Physically fit and be able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions
o Degree in zoology or related field OR equivalent on-the-job experience in lieu of
o Due to the lengthy training process, a commitment of at least two years is
o possess a valid driving licence
o Permission to work in the UK
o Experience working with capuchins and callitrichids would be an advantage
o Veterinary care knowledge would be highly useful

Starting salary: £16,009pa, 30 days a/l leave pa, rising over 5 years, opportunities for skills secondment

Term of Appointment:

Application Deadline:
June 30 2019

Please email CV and letter of interest

Contact Information:
Rachel Hevesi
Murrayton House, The Monkey Sanctuary
Looe PL13 1NZ
United Kingdom

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