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Internship Opportunity at Chimps Inc.

Chimps Inc. is offering internships for Fall/Winter 2017!

Chimps Inc. is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary located in Bend, Oregon. Our mission is to further chimpanzee conservation through education while providing a refuge for animals that have come from a variety of backgrounds, including roadside zoos, the entertainment world, and the exotic pet industry. We currently have seven chimpanzee residents and one Canadian lynx. Our internship program offers the unique opportunity to live and work with these animals in an intimate setting and experience all aspects of sanctuary life. The dedication and commitment of interns not only helps us in the operation of the sanctuary, but it is also a vital component of our educational mission.
Interns are responsible for cleaning animal enclosures, creating enrichment, preparing diets, doing dishes and laundry, gardening, and otherwise maintaining the facilities. In addition to daily husbandry, there are weekly educational sessions and guest lectures in which interns learn more about varying topics pertaining to both captive and wild chimpanzees. Interns are expected to complete an independent project to be presented to the Chimps Inc. team at the conclusion of the internship.
Interns work 5 days a week. However, since the sanctuary operates seven days a week, intern days off may vary. This program is labor intensive but very rewarding to those who are dedicated, motivated and willing to learn.
Enrollment Dates:
We are seeking interns for the fall/winter. Accepted applicants have the option to enter on the 1st or the 15th of each month. Interns are required to stay for a minimum of 8 weeks, but we highly recommend staying for the full 10 weeks to get the complete experience.
Program Costs:
To support our educational program, internships cost $100 per week. This cost covers materials, curriculum, training and lodging. All fees must be paid in full before arriving at the sanctuary.
Chimps Inc. will provide interns with on-site housing during their stay.  The intern house is located on the property and is equipped with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, one bathroom and one office.  No pets are allowed. The sanctuary is located in a rural setting that requires transportation to all stores and retail areas. We are approximately 20 miles from the nearest airport and about 10 miles from the city of Bend. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and food expenses.  Interns without their own transportation will be provided a ride into town once a week to do their necessary grocery shopping.  On-site laundry machines are available and it is suggested that interns bring a cell phone and laptop.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, seeking a degree or recently graduated with a degree in anthropology, zoology, psychology, biology, or a closely related field. Primate experience is not required. We are looking for interns that are highly passionate about primate behavior and animal welfare issues, work well individually and with others, have a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and a positive attitude. Because this program is labor intensive, applicants should also be in good physical condition.
Documentation of health insurance coverage, tetanus shot, Hepatitis B series, and current negative TB test are required.
If you are interested in applying for an internship with Chimps Inc., please fill out our online application.

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