Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary Position Description and Requirements

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Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary

Position Description and Requirements:
Caregiver in Primate Welfare Team

You should be knowledgeable about and have a commitment to the aims of Wild Futures and The Monkey Sanctuary. You will learn to work with each of the various primate species resident at the Sanctuary. We currently house capuchin monkeys (Cebus and Sapajus sp), Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) and woolly monkeys (Lagothrix sp). You will preferably have at least two years primate care experience. Due to the intensive and lengthy training process, a commitment of at least two years is required for applicants to be considered for this role.

You will become a responsible member of the Primate Welfare Team. This role includes the following: You will be expected to learn to distinguish individual monkeys, to become knowledgeable about their backgrounds, and to show a sensitivity to their needs which indicates your suitability as a keeper. Over the course of your training, you will (under the supervision of experienced staff) become one of the monkeys' primary caregivers; managing the monkeys, cleaning, maintaining and enriching enclosures; preparing and distributing food and medication; monitoring the health and well-being of the monkeys in your care. You will be responsible for maintaining daily up-to date information on the status and wellbeing of each individual through a computer database. You will become knowledgeable about the behaviour and ecology of each species of monkey and apply this knowledge in their daily care.
You will be required to do “cover” (that is, stay on-site and be the responsible member of staff) one or two overnight shifts per week.
Practical skills such as carpentry or basic wood work would be particularly valuable for this vacancy.

Other responsibilities

The Sanctuary is open to the public for seven months of the year. You will spend a sizeable amount of time speaking to the public, in large and small groups, about our rescued monkeys, monkeys in the wild, the ethos and history of Wild Futures and the Monkey Sanctuary and more. You should demonstrate confidence and willingness to do this.

You will also:
Be asked to supervise volunteers on monkey territory cleaning routines, making enrichment and other tasks that are essential to the day to day running of the Sanctuary.
Be asked to assist with other work such as territory maintenance, grounds and gardening work, and general household duties.

Be expected to develop and maintain good communications with all team members and evolve a co-operative living and working relationship with other members of the community.  A regular review process will enable you and the team to monitor your progress and mentor you through your training.

Show that you can be flexible in your work, adapting to new situations as they arise and you will be able to prioritise work according to tasks you have been given (with monkey care always being the most important).
Be expected to work five full days a week and to be flexible about your days off.
You will have an allowance of thirty days annual leave per year; to be allocated in collaboration with other members of staff. Bank Holidays are work days. Applicants must be UK or EU residents or have permission to work in the UK.
Please note that this role is physically demanding; candidates must be fit for the work.
Salary: £13,650.00 per annum for a live out position; although there is a place for a live in position.
To apply for this position please email a covering letter and full CV to healthcare@wildfutures.org
Please include a SAE if you apply by post.
Welfare Team

Wild Futures

The Monkey Sanctuary

Murrayton House

PL13 1NZ


The closing date for applications is Tuesday 6th of October 2015.

Wild Futures reserves the right to close this vacancy early.  Due to the expected number of applications we will only be contacting those shortlisted for interview.

Selected candidates will be invited to visit the Sanctuary and be formally interviewed for this position.

Wild Futures: Registered Charity no. 1102532
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