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.


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 the Center for Great Apes
  • Have proof of a recent negative tuberculosis test
  • Sign a liability release waiver

If you are interested in becoming an intern and would like further information, please view our Internship FAQs, email us at If you are ready to apply for an internship, download our intern application.

Center for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation, Inc. dba Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 65-0444725.

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