The Center for Great Apes offers a 3-month on-site volunteer internship for those desiring the opportunity to observe and experience the care of orangutans and chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment.

Intern volunteers assist with staff duties including: cleaning of indoor and outdoor habitats, making enrichment devices and toys, assisting with ape laundry, helping prepare ape diets, participating in observations of ape behaviors, cutting browse & vegetation for nesting, installing or repairing enrichment materials, assisting with general housekeeping duties, and occasionally leading educational visitor tours, helping with office work, and gardening.

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Internship Requirements

Besides having a sincere interest in the welfare and care of captive great apes, applicants for the intern program must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be able to speak fluent English
  • Be a current member of Center for Great Apes
  • Have a recent tuberculosis test with proof of a negative titer
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Sign a liability release waiver

If you are interested in becoming an intern and would like further information, please view our Internship FAQ’s, email us at volunteer@centerforgreatapes.org. If you are ready to apply for an internship download our intern application.

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