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Volunteer Manager

Hiring Organization:
Vervet Monkey Foundation

Date Posted:

Position Description:
This position will fulfill the needs of the Vervet Monkey Foundation by ensuring our ever increasing numbers of volunteers have enough supervision, are welcomed and educated during their stay and have someone to report to as well as to ensure the smooth running of the centre.


-Welcoming of all new volunteers
-Volunteer village orientations on arrival
-Main orientation the following morning ? includes going over the rota, days off, volunteer guide, ensuring the volunteers sign an indemnity form & read the volunteer guide, touring and all other aspects of the centre. You will also show them around the centre and show them each area where the duties take place, introducing them to other volunteers along the way.
-Introduce volunteers to cottage cleaning duties, some duties & update protocols as necessary.
-Responsible for ensuring the village is kept tidy and clean and to report any problems. Update village map.
-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.
-Ensuring volunteers know where they need to meet the following day.
-Liaising with long term staff.
-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)
-Oversee gift shop stock
-Communicate with future volunteers and volunteer organisations
-Being involved with all areas where needed such as monitoring of monkeys, helping in babyseason, 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 exhausted and may vary depending on season or changes to the foundation.

Attributes required for the position:
-Excellent organisation skills
-Reliable, flexible, patient and responsible
-Coordinating skills
-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 and may be provided from VMF)
-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

Qualifications / Experience:
-Min 4 GCSE?s with further education or equivalent
-Experience in supervising / managing people, especially with culturally diverse teams
-Previous volunteer experience / experience with animals
-Min of 2 years in the working environment

Our volunteer manager will receive a monthly stipend upon successful completion of the three month probationary period.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Onsite accommodation (many with electricity and semi-private showers) and vegan meals are provided for all staff, as well as wifi in communal areas.

All costs related to travel, visa and medical insurance are the responsibility of the candidate.

Term of Appointment:
As soon as possible, ideally by the end of September.

Application Deadline:
Open until suitable candidate is hired

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with human management experience to join the team and help progress the foundation for the monkeys. There will be the chance to work with the monkeys and gain valuable sanctuary experience, as well as contribute to outreach, education and fundraising initiatives as appropriate.

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

Telephone Number:
+27 83 45 45 381


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