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Volunteer Internship New World Primate Caregiver/Documentarian at Pacific Primate SanctuaryBookmark This
Pacific Primate Sanctuary
500 A Haloa Road
Posted: May 01 2016
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DescriptionPosition Available (on-going) for New World Primate Caregiver/Documentarian at Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii
Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Our staff is made up of 3-7 local volunteer caregivers, 1-4 resident Interns, and an off-site support system of veterinary and other professionals. Since the wellbeing of the monkeys is our primary focus, they are not on exhibit, the facility is not open to the public and they are not subjected to any medical research.
As a result, our organization is not eligible for funding from any governmental agencies nor do we receive funds from admission, as would a public zoo. Therefore, we must rely solely upon donations from compassionate individuals and organizations. Our operating budget is extremely small. Financial independence for personal expenses is required (estimated to be as low as $25-$35 a week).
We provide a fully furnished and equipped 24-foot Yurt or a 16-foot Yurt (traditional round structures designed specifically for tropical living) and utilities. An organic garden and fruit orchard are available on-site. The Yurt is adjacent to the Sanctuary on a large piece of rainforest property with its own bathroom facilities. You would be trained by experienced members of our staff in all aspects of New World primate care (Callitrichidae, Cebus, and Ateles) and may become certified as a Primary Animal Caregiver.
ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities of an animal caregiver involve: providing daily care, enrichment, and nurturing to 50+/- monkeys, administering medications and providing emergency care, preparing food, cleaning enclosures, maintaining the Sanctuary facility, and training new volunteers. Documentation would include: data entry (Mac- Filemaker Pro, Excel, Word), PPS Manual updates, record-keeping, independent literature research, providing shift reports including medical status of animals. After the training period, managerial duties would be added and more technical training may be available. This is more than a full-time position and includes on-call duties.
RequirementsThis is truly a Sanctuary, a beautiful place for someone with a background and interest in animal husbandry, welfare and conservation, exotic veterinary medicine, biology, and related fields, who is a mature team player with respect for others. We need a good, clear communicator (written and spoken English), and coordinator with a minimal personal agenda, who seeks mutual growth for all and is able to make a long-term commitment to the primates and the staff. A one-year commitment is requested.
The position requires a self-starter and hard worker, someone who is humble, compassionate, self-reliant, organized, professional, computer literate (Mac), open to learning, capable of problem solving and completing a task. We need someone who can function independently as well as in a group. Our Resident Intern would need to be physically fit, with no communicable diseases or criminal record, who would enjoy a rural lifestyle with simple amenities. Citizens of foreign countries would need to secure their own visas and permits independently.