Tourist guide at JGI SA Chimpanzee sanctuary

27 January 2015 Jobs

Project description

Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. JGI seeks to contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities.

JGI Chimp Eden is PASA accredited sanctuary for chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes) who have been rescued from the bush meat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market, or rescued from being traumatised for entertainment in circuses, beach resorts and night clubs. The project is located in Nelspruit, close to Kruger National Park.

The Sanctuary consists of three big forested enclosures where he chimpanzees spend their days in semi-wild enclosures, and show normal social interaction and behavioural patterns as group members. By showing our chimpanzees to national and international visitors and telling their stories we seek to educate people on conservation and the plight of great-apes.

Position Description

We have an opportunity at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Sanctuary to work as a site guide while participating in and learning about the running of an animal sanctuary.  We offer a learning position, where the main focus will be on educational tours for visitors. Other tasks can consist of food and beverage management, shop management, volunteer management, marketing, communication and further educational tasks and animal care activities.

This depends on your skills and experience and what you want to learn.
Working in a small team, everybody is expected to participate in many occurring tasks.

Minimum requirements:

• FGASA Level 1

• Valid DEAT registration

• Valid driver’s license

• Valid First Aid certificate

• Fluent in English

• South African residency / work permit


The following experience is preferred but not required for hire:

• Previous experience as Field Guide

• Previous experience with education, marketing, restaurant management

• Computer literacy skills including Excel, Word, Power point. 

• Other languages 

• Positive, passionate attitude and sense of responsibility



between R48 000 to R65 000 per annum - depending on experience, qualifications and housing situation.

Housing can be provided, sharing a great house just outside the reserve with currently two housemates.


Anne Verkade
General manager a.i. 
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