Primate Caregiver (Full time 37.5 hours pw,)

Dependent on experience – from: £21,324.   30 days a/l rising over 5 years, opportunities for skills secondment

Accommodation provided in shared household on site

Summary of Role:

Members of the care team are responsible for all aspects of daily care, working together to enhance and improve the lives of the primates at the Sanctuary. All members are required to work with all primate species housed at the Sanctuary as well as help support other aspects of the charity’s work if required.

Key Responsibilities:


All aspects of daily care for the resident primates (diet preparation, feeding, preparing and giving medication, Cleaning enclosures, creating enrichment)
Monitoring the health and wellbeing of the primates in your care
Caring for the special needs of primates with various health conditions such as diabetes
Planning and conducting primate socializations
Inputting ideas for the continual progression and development of animal husbandry and environment
Conducting behavioural observations
Record keeping using a database system
Able to work around the animals in a respectful and calm manner
Assist and support the Primate Care Manager and if necessary, in the manager’s absence, work effectively with team to support excellent animal welfare


Responsible for supervising and mentoring volunteers and interns
Ensuring volunteers and interns are provided with clear direction and instruction, guiding activities and behaviours
Inspiring volunteers and interns as a positive role model


Speaking to members of the public on open days in an informative, positive and respectful manner as ambassadors of the Sanctuary


Stock taking and the ordering of supplies
Supports the shift working arrangements in place and is prepared to cover shifts when necessary staying overnight at the Sanctuary
Supports general grounds maintenance, household duties and territory maintenance as required


Compliance with all relevant health and safety protocols and relevant HR materials including but limited to safeguarding. Includes, but not limited to emergency procedures, risk assessments and safe working practices.

Team Player:

Respect for, and commitment to, the vision, mission and values of Wild Futures
Interacts positively with the team, respects the views and opinions of others and engages positively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures
Sees where support may be required and openly offers and provides it
Works collaboratively and builds positive working relationships
Appreciates the bigger picture – pragmatic and reasoned
Looks for common ground and goals to support the team
Doesn’t allow ego to undermine the success of the role
Able to be flexible and adapt to new situations as they arise

Background & Qualifications:


At least three years’ experience working with primates in an animal sanctuary, rescue centre or similar environment
Experience working with capuchins and callitrichids
Good communication skills, confident and articulate, fluent in English language
Proven ability to multi-task and prioritise, remaining calm under pressure
Physically fit and be able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions
Due to the lengthy training process, a commitment of at least two years is expected
Possess a valid driving licence
Permission to work in the UK


Experience of managing a small team of volunteers or interns preferably in similar environment
Five years’ experience working with primates
Veterinary care knowledge would be highly useful
Degree in zoology or related field OR equivalent on-the-job experience in lieu of degree
Experience working in a wildlife hospital
A valid firearms licence and / or darting experience

Outcomes & Targets Associated with this role:

Provide a valuable contribution in developing and maintaining the high welfare standards of the Sanctuary
Successful and collaborative working relationship with team and colleagues which supports the delivery of charity goals, objectives and vision.

About Wild Futures

Wild Futures is the UK charity with the holistic approach that combines an educational, environmental and sustainability remit dedicated to promoting the welfare, conservation and survival of our closest living relatives, the non-human primates; working to end the primate trade and abuse of primates in captivity, promoting the rehabilitation of captive primates and the preservation of those in the wild, whilst operating The Monkey Sanctuary for primates in need of a long term home.

Reg. Charity no. 1102532