Your help is welcomed year round!
The PRC Volunteer Program
The PRC operates 365 days a year 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!
On-site Volunteer Opportunities
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 caregivers with many daily tasks such as food preparation, enrichment and cleaning.
“Our dedicated volunteers make a positive impact on the lives of the sanctuary residents, and they are so important to our organization.”
We depend on caring individuals to dedicate their time to helping us provide lifetime sanctuary to nearly 50 rescued primates, including apes and monkeys. Our volunteer categories offer a variety of ways individuals can help the primates and the sanctuary, including meal preparation, enclosure maintenance and cleaning, and creating enrichment as well as other administrative and professional services. Volunteers feel rewarded and fulfilled by knowing they are making a difference in the lives of the primates who live at the PRC. Due to the nature of the species we work with and our commitment to the highest safety standards, volunteers never have any direct physical contact with any of the primates.
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.
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 its 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.
The PRC welcomes the help of professionals in a number of fields to offer up their expertise. Landscapers, Arborists, Artists, Painters, Carpenters, Clerical Workers, Financial Advisors, Accountants, Journalist, Organizers, Housekeepers, etc. can all make a difference at the Primate Rescue Center by providing their skills to help us better the lives of our residents.
Enrichment Workshop for Volunteer Groups
The Primate Rescue Center is happy to host volunteer groups who are interested in giving their time to create enrichment items for the primate residents during an exclusive Enrichment Workshop. Enjoy a unique experience learning more about primates who come from a variety of captive situations while also giving back to the primates and enriching their lives with your creativity and compassion.
Join The Fun
Dr. Tom Tietjen lends a hand and tells of his summer volunteering experience at the Primate Rescue Center.
During this pandemic, safety guidelines have been implemented at the Primate Rescue Center to restrict attendance to essential staff only. This is the safest thing possible, and I completely respect the decision made by everyone there, as I know it was surely a...
The Primate Rescue Center’s volunteer and intern programs are thriving as we continue to add new faces to the roster each year. These dedicated and hardworking individuals are an essential part of our caregiving team and help us meet our goal of providing excellent...