JRC Volunteer Animal Keeper (Primate specialist)
The Jaguar Rescue Center provides the opportunity to gain experience in the animal keeper field by participating in daily animal keeper activities, including animal husbandry, nutrition and enrichment.
Experience in working with primates. Candidates must be able to work as a team and outdoors in the warm and humid climatic conditions of the Caribbean. We are looking for a specialist not only on primates but also familiar with other animals like birds and mammals.
All applicants should be organized, self-motivated and have excellent people skills. This position is an in-depth program requiring a 6 days per week commitment for 6 months. Volunteers must be flexible with their schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays and weekends.
It is an unpaid position on a voluntary basis. Housing is provided. Meals, travel expenses, visas, insurances and transportation are the responsibilities of the volunteer.
Position Description: The selected candidate will work with primates and some other species of animals under the Major Biologist supervision. This includes the following species: spider monkey, white- faced monkey, howler monkey, sloths, wild cats, bird and reptiles. Volunteer duties may include:
- Animal enrichment
- Cleaning of animal enclosures
- Diet preparation and feeding
- Observing and recording animal condition, behaviors and responses
- Association and rehabilitation programs
- Support in rescues
- Animal medication following Chief Veterinarian instructions