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Primate Care Staff

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

South West Closing date for applications is: 30th Sep 2020
Contact: Jayne Gray ([email protected])
Sector: Animal Care
Type: Paid
Contract type: Full-time

Primate Care Staff

Location - Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset

This internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland, is home to over 250 primates.  Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  At Monkey World, we strive to provide them company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide a permanent, stable home for abused Spanish chimps.  Today, his wife, Dr Alison Cronin and the primate care staff continue to rescue and rehabilitate primates from all over the world.

The Role

The successful candidate will train on at least one of our six primate sections: orang-utans, chimpanzees, gibbons, capuchins, woolly monkeys and ‘small monkeys’. They will be involved in the day to day care of the primates including cleaning, diet preparation, health monitoring, enrichment, and operant conditioning. They will also be involved in record keeping and interacting with visitors in both formal and informal contexts.

Job Description

  • A minimum of 2 years’ paid experience in an animal care role – ideally this will include working with primates (Any applications with less than this experience will not be shortlisted).
  • Enthusiastic, high performing and motivated.
  • Good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills at all levels.
  • Commitment to continued professional development
  • Have a sound basis of practical knowledge and skill regarding a high level of animal care including dietary knowledge and husbandry.
  • Strong observation skills
  • Experience of public speaking
  • Full clean driving licence essential due to location

Condition of appointment

This position will be subject to a six-month probationary period


 A relevant animal-related qualification

  • Proven success or knowledge of operant conditioning.

The role is full time and includes weekend duties as part of the current rolling roster system. Salary is paid monthly. 28 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays). Staff accommodation dependant on availability.

Apply for this job:

Please send covering letter and current CV to: - [email protected]

Or alternatively post to:-

Jayne Gray

HR Manager

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre




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