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New World Primate Caregiver/Documentarian at Pacific Primate Sanctuary

The PPS Resident Internship Selection Committee invites qualified applicants with a background and interest in animal husbandry, welfare and conservation, exotic veterinary medicine, biology, and related fields to apply for this residency.  A one-year commitment and the practice of selfless service to the animals is required.

The committee would welcome a mature team player with respect for others, an articulate 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 and hard worker, someone who is humble, compassionate, self-reliant, organized, professional, computer literate, open to learning, capable of problem-solving and completing a task. An applicant must be able to function independently as well as in a group. The resident intern should be physically fit, with no communicable diseases or criminal record. This position is suitable for someone who would enjoy a rural lifestyle with simple amenities. Citizens of foreign countries will need to secure their own visas and permits independently.

This is a unique immersion program, facilitating learning about New World primates and animal sanctuary operations on an intimate, in-depth, all-encompassing level. Training is tailored for each intern and progress is evaluated at each stage of instruction. The intern may be awarded Primary Animal Caregiver Certification, by senior personnel, after successfully acquiring a high level of competence, skill, and expertise in primate care, record keeping, and facility management.

Responsibilities of an animal caregiver include: providing daily care, enrichment, and nurturing to 40+/- monkeys, administering medications, preparing food, cleaning enclosures, and maintaining the Sanctuary facility. Documentation responsibilities include Mac data entry (Excel, Word, Mail), PPS Manual updates, record-keeping, independent literature research, providing shift reports including the medical status of each animal in the SOAP format.  After the training period, managerial duties would be added and more technical training may be available. This is full-time position, including on-call duties as needed.

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization 501(C)(3), run entirely by volunteers. Our small staff is made up of 5-10 local volunteer caregivers (who volunteer one or more shifts each week), 1-3 interns, and an off-site support system of veterinary and other professionals. Since the well-being of the monkeys is our primary focus, they are not on exhibit and the facility is not open to the public. 

As no medical research is conducted, our organization is not eligible for funding from any governmental agencies, nor do we receive funds from admission, as public zoos do. Therefore, we must rely solely upon donations from compassionate individuals and organizations. Our operating budget is extremely small. Financial independence for personal expenses would be required (estimated by Interns to be between $35-$50 per week). 

PPS provides fully furnished and equipped Yurts (traditional round structures designed specifically for tropical living) with wireless internet service. Utilities, paper goods, and cleaning supplies are also supplied. Interns and volunteers maintain an on-site organic garden and fruit orchard, supporting the Sanctuary’s sustainability goals. The Yurts and bathroom facilities are adjacent to the facility. The verdant 4-acre site is landscaped with tropical ornamentals, flowers, and trees. The Sanctuary is a beautiful place for people with a deep appreciation of the natural world.

Please begin making application for the position by submitting the following, via e-mail: your letter of intent, your resume/cv, the completed volunteer intern application, and three letters of reference (from instructors, employers etc.).

To apply for the PPS Resident Internship and for additional information, please

Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.
500 A  Haloa Road
Haiku, Maui, Hawaii  96708

Sanctuary Phone & Fax: 808. 572.8089