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providertemplate Pacific PrimatePacific Primate Sanctuary

Location:  Maui, Hawaii

New World Primate Caregiver/Office Assistant – Internship

This is truly a Sanctuary, a beautiful place for the right person. We would welcome someone with a background in animal husbandry and an interest in animal welfare and conservation, 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.  The position requires a self-starter, someone who is humble, compassionate, self-reliant, organized, professional, computer literate, open to learning, capable of problem solving and completing a task.  Our resident interns would need to be physically fit, with no communicable diseases or criminal record, who has a driver’s license and would enjoy a rural lifestyle with simple amenities. A one year commitment to the Sanctuary is requested.  Foreign citizens would need to secure their Visa and permits independently.

Responsibilities of an animal caretaker involve: providing daily care, enrichment, and nurturing to over 60 monkeys, administering medications, preparing food, cleaning enclosures, and maintaining the Sanctuary facility.  Office assistance would include:  record-keeping, data entry (Mac-Filemaker Pro, Excel, Word), correspondence, assisting in administering the volunteer program, and public relations.  After the training period, managerial duties would be added and more technical training may be available. The position would require an average of 40 hours per week, including on call scheduling.

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization (501©(3). Our staff is made up of 15 volunteer caretakers and a support system of veterinary and other professionals.  Since the well-being 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 government 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 of our interns. If you are considering the possibility of seeking grant support, supplementary funds for needs other than housing could be built into your budget.

We provide a fully furnished and equipped 24-foot Yurt (a traditional round structure designed specifically for tropical living) and utilities. You would room with one of our current interns who would be your primary instructor.  An organic garden and fruit orchard are available.  The Yurt is adjacent to the Sanctuary on a large piece of rainforest property.  Interns are trained by experienced members of our staff in all aspects of New World primate care (Callithrix and Cebus). Please visit our website for additional information.

You may apply for the position by submitting the following: your Letter of Intent in making application, your Resume/CV, three Letters of Reference (from instructors, employers, etc), a copy of your TB clearance and general physical.

Lucy L. Wormser, Founder and President
Pacific Primate Sanctuary
500A Haloa Road
Haiku, Maui, Hawaii 96708

Phone:  808-572-8089

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