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Center for Great Apes

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Details: The Center for Great Apes isa non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a permanentrefuge and sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of long-term lifecare. The sanctuary is not open as a zoo or tourist attraction, but hasestablished a community education program and serves as a wildlife resource forschool outreach programs as well as on-site behavioral study opportunities forstudents of primatology, anthropology, and related subjects. You can findmore information about our facility and apes on our website-
Job Description: The Center currently hasopenings for new volunteers and interns. Internships are usually threemonths in length and are not a paid or stipend position. However, classcredit may be available for students at certain schools. Interns will assist staffwith duties including: food preparation & feed room maintenance; cleaningoutdoor enclosures & nighthouses; daily cutting of fresh browse &vegetation for ape nesting, foraging, & play; making enrichment toys andhelping provide enrichment activities for the apes; processing ape laundry; andfeeding the apes. Other volunteer opportunities requiring no minimum commitment of hoursinclude: grounds work (working in the vegetable garden, weeding, collectingfallen branches, and spreading mulch on paths); office work (librarymaintenance and assisting with newsletter preparation); fundraising, helpingwith special events, and various other support jobs. Times student can perform service: The intern program is on-going and we accept interns all-year around. Internships are usually 3 months in length. Interns work five 8-hour dayswith two days off during the week. Days off are usually not on weekends and maychange during the internship according to sanctuary events and staffschedules.
Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Tina Gilbert
P.O. Box 488
Wauchula, FL 33873
Fax: 863-767-8904
Phone: 863-767-8903
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Benefits Offered: No benefits available andinternships are not a paid or stipend position. However, class credit maybe available for students at certain schools.
Additional Information: Volunteers for the Centerfor Great Apes should be in good health and be able to work outside in the heat& weather for several hours at a time. Volunteers who assist with ape careduties must be at least 18 years of age. Additionally, volunteers working in thevicinity of the apes and assisting with ape care must have a current tetanusshot and have an annual TB test with proof of a negative result. Weask all interested applicants to please send a vitae/resume, references, and alist of dates available to the address or fax above (Attn: Tina Gilbert). If you have any other questions or would like more information about our internprogram please e-mail:

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