Primate Rescue Center


The PRC Volunteer Program

The Primate Rescue Center relies on the hard work and dedication of volunteers to help ensure that our residents get the high quality care they deserve, and that our organization functions efficiently. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to observe primate behavior, interact with primates from a safe distance, and have the satisfaction of knowing you are improving the lives of monkeys and chimps! Our volunteers must appreciate that our residents are not pets, are not used for invasive research, are not for sale or adoption, and do not benefit from exposure to the general public.

The PRC operates 365 days a year, from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and volunteer help is welcomed year round. Our website will help familiarize you with our history and mission, and give you some sense of the vital role that volunteers play in our day-to-day operations. We have many different types of volunteers, so take a look to see what category best fits you as a potential volunteer at the Primate Rescue Center!

Volunteer Opportunities:


On-site Volunteers

Are you...

  • At least 18 years old?
  •  Living in the local area?
  • Able to commit to at least 3 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months?
  • Available between 9:00am – 5:00pm?
  • Seeking a long-term volunteer commitment?
  • Able to learn quickly and work efficiently?
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team with other volunteers, interns, and staff?
  • Able to lift 25 pounds and engage in strenuous physical activity?
  • Ready to get your hands dirty?

You may qualify for our On-Site Volunteer program!

Animal Care Volunteers

Our animal care volunteers are a vital part of our daily routine at the sanctuary. Depending on your level of time commitment, as a volunteer you may have the opportunity to assist caretakers with many daily tasks such as food preparation, enrichment and cleaning.

Our hours of operation are from 8:30AM to 5:00PM. Volunteer shifts for all 3 types of on-site volunteers are available:

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm
  • 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm

Administrative Volunteers

(Monday – Friday only)
Administrative Volunteers will assist staff in the office with general filing duties, cleaning of the office area, organizing, and stuffing envelopes. Mac computer and Microsoft Office knowledge is helpful.

Grounds Keeping Volunteers

As a grounds keeping volunteer, you will have the opportunity to make the sanctuary a more beautiful place for our primate residents to live. Grounds keeping volunteers may assist our maintenance staff with planting flowers, mulching, weeding, cleaning vehicles, and general grounds clean-up.

Download the On-site application


Off-site Volunteers

Are you...

  • Under 18 years old?
  • Unable to make a regular time commitment, but need volunteer hours?
  • Interested in fund raising at your school or business?
  • Interested in doing at-home enrichment projects to benefit our residents?

You may be perfect for our Off-Site Volunteer Program!

Off-Site Volunteers are extremely important to the Primate Rescue Center. We have a
great Off-Site Volunteers Packet with tasty recipes, fun enrichment ideas and exciting
fund-raising challenges that you can work on from your own home! Off-site Volunteers
must coordinate with the volunteer coordinator when working on any off-site project.

Download the Off-site application


Out-of-Town Volunteers

Are you...

  • At least 18 years old?
  • Living more that 100 miles away, or in another country?
  • Able to commit to work at least four continuous 40-hour weeks?
  • Able to lift 25 pounds and engage in strenuous physical activity?
  • In need of housing during your time with us, and able to pay a housing fee of $100/week?
  • Able to provide your own housing?

You may qualify for our Out-of-Town Volunteer program!

Out-of-Town Volunteers will work a 40-hour week on-site at the sanctuary and may be
asked to perform the same tasks as on-site volunteers (see On-Site Volunteer section).
Out-of-Town Volunteers will be totally immersed in the daily routine at the sanctuary
and will have the opportunity to learn volunteer tasks quickly.

All Out-of-Town Volunteer applications must be submitted at least 2 months prior to the applicants desired start date.

Download the Out-of-town application


Special Event Volunteers

Are you...

  • At least 18 years old?
  • Unable to make a regular time commitment, but want to make a difference in the lives of primates?
  • Willing to help out at special annual events?

You may qualify for our Special Events Volunteer program!

Each Spring the PRC holds a members-only event at which volunteers are needed to assist in a multitude of tasks, such as merchandise sales, silent auction, information booth, raffle ticket sales, children’s games, face painting, registration of guests, photography and educating the public about the sanctuary and it’s residents. We depend on volunteer support to help this event run smoothly. We also hold various smaller fund-raising and educational events throughout the year.

Download the Special Event Volunteer application


Volunteering Professionals

Are you...

  • At least 18 years old?
  • Unable to make a regular time commitment, but want to make a difference in the lives of primates?
  • A professional who would like to offer your services to the PRC?

You may qualify for our Volunteering Professionals program!

The PRC welcomes the help of professionals in a number of fields to offer up their expertise. Landscapers, Arborists, Artists, Painters, Carpenters, Journalist, etc. can all make a difference at the Primate Rescue Center by providing their skills to help us better the lives of our residents.

Download the Volunteering Professionals application

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