Primate Rescue Center

Long Term Internship Program

This program is tailored to individuals interested in gaining significant training and experience in nonhuman primate husbandry, behavior, and the daily operation of a non-profit primate sanctuary. Individuals have the opportunity to work closely and train under the knowledgeable carestaff to gain valuable skills that will build their resume and prepare them for a promising career in primate care. This program is labor intensive and is suited for hard working, dedicated, positive, team-oriented, self-motivated individuals.

Program Goal
To provide intensive training, experience and exposure to primate husbandry in a non-profit sanctuary setting.

Program Description
The PRC One-Year Internship Program is designed to immerse recent graduates and those interested in pursuing a career with animals from across the U.S. and abroad in the daily operation of a nonprofit primate sanctuary. Our program provides a unique opportunity to participate in the routine care and ongoing rehabilitation of nearly 50 nonhuman primates in an environment that is focused entirely on their enrichment and well-being. PRC residents are never exploited for any reason, including exhibition, and are afforded lifetime care in a protected and secure environment. Our interns play a vital role in making our sanctuary successful in meeting our commitment to our residents.

Interns assist with the daily care of our residents, along with administrative tasks, fundraising, and other special tasks. Duties include, but are not limited to, food preparation and sorting, cleaning of animal, human, and food prep areas, and creating enrichment items for primates. Interns can expect to gain significant animal husbandry experience. They will also learn about primate behavior, stress responses, and the rehabilitation process. They will gain a greater understanding of the issues facing primates and other animals in the modern world. The working environment is intimate and dynamic, and we encourage interns to be motivated, innovative and ask questions. Interns will have numerous opportunities to observe the animals and get to know them as individuals. However, interns will never have physical interaction with any of our nonhuman primate residents, even though you will be spending a significant time with the PRC. Attempts to do so are grounds for immediate dismissal.

Program Qualifications
This program is only open to one qualified individual at a time, so it is extremely competitive. Coursework in primatology, biology, animal behavior, or psychology is preferred but not required. Applicants must be recently graduated students or individuals currently pursuing careers or internships in primate care. An understanding, interest, and concern for primate issues, well-being, and welfare is required. This program is labor intensive, so interns must be in good physical condition and be able to lift 50 pounds. Proof of negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required. Applicants must commit to work a minimum of 12 consecutive months, live on-site in sanctuary housing, and have a personal vehicle available for transportation. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Program Term
Interns are required to complete a minimum of 24 consecutive weeks working full-time, 40 hours per week. Interns will have two days off per week. Shifts fall between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm. Interns may be required to work holidays and weekends. Interns may be required to participate in after-hours fundraising activities or events. Interns will receive a weekly stipend of $50.

Interns who are unable or unwilling to meet any requirements may be dismissed from their position at any time. We reserve the right to dismiss any intern at any time for any reason, including, but not limited to, the following examples: tardiness, missed work, excessive cancellations, unpleasant attitude, poor work ethic, inappropriate interaction with the animals, inability to work with others, or disregard for PRC policies.

Enrollment Dates
The PRC One-Year Internship Program is open until we find the right person.


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