Apprentice Caregiver

26 February 2013 Jobs

What: The apprentice caregiver is expected to learn and be able to take a team leader role in sanctuary operations. The apprentice should be proactive in assuring that all necessary tasks are completed. The job includes:

  • General husbandry, caring for over 100 New World monkeys:
  • Clean outdoor habitats and indoor enclosures.
  • Prepare diets and feed.
  • Monitor the monkeys' physical and emotional well-being.
  • Medical procedures and restraint and capture, when necessary.
  • Build and repair habitats.
  • Planning and monitoring socializations.
  • General grounds keeping.
  • Clean and repair other sanctuary buildings.
  • Direct and oversee interns and volunteer groups.
  • Record-keeping and some computer and office work.
  • Share in preparing communal meals.
  • Participate in fundraising campaigns, outreach and advocacy for captive primates.

The work is labor intensive and the hours are long, usually sun-up to sundown. The climate is very hot and humid in the summer. In the winter, temperatures can drop to 20, and duties include heater checks throughout the night. At times days off are scarce. We do, however, try to give a day off every week and, when appropriate, a long weekend. The work is difficult and can be stressful, but the rewards are great!

Where: Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, Florida.

Pay: Apprentices receive room and board and a stipend of $500 per month.

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