you have experience with primates? We are seeking a primate manager to work in
our wildlife sanctuaries looking after rescued animals.
Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian NGO made up of a dedicated team of
volunteers and professionals, both Bolivian and foreign. Founded in 1992, CIWY
was a pioneer in the environmental movement in Bolivia and is well known at
both a national and international level. CIWY currently has three sanctuaries:
Machia (Cochabamba), Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) and Jacj Cuisi (Rurrenabaque), with
each sanctuary housing wild animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade,
bringing them a better quality of life.
role requires a person with a lot of passion and commitment to help animals.
The successful candidate will have a strong capacity for close observation, and
the will to supervise the behaviour of the primate species present in our
sanctuaries, and feel comfortable managing them. You must have very
good organisational and teamwork skills, all while being able to work
independently when necessary and always being adaptable. The role requires the
ability to oversee and take charge of daily routines just as a coordinator
would, including cleaning, food preparation, caring for the animals as well as
of the monkeys require human supervision to ensure their well-being and the
successful candidate will be in charge of this, together with the coordinators.
The primate manager is also in charge of introducing, training, supervising and
organising the work of the primate coordinators.
should be in good physical and psychological condition and be ready to face
tough working conditions, including working in challenging weather conditions
and carrying heavy backpacks full of food and other materials to locations
which are sometimes far away.
with wild animals means there is always a risk of accidents occuring (including
bites) if safety and security protocols are not adhered to.
primate manager will be in charge of the following tasks:
together with biologists, being responsible for keeping animal files and
general primate management files up to date. To record observations, births,
deaths, illnesses and behavioural changes amongst the primates at our
the work of the coordinators and guide them in their day to day activities.
the maintenance of the sanctuary infrastructure and the well being of the primates,
together with the coordinators, the biologist and the veterinary team.
and adapt the diets of the animals according to their nutritional needs and the
availability of different foods.
medicine and treatment to monkeys as required, under the authorisation and
supervision of the veterinarians.
training, organisation and introduction of new volunteers, coordinators and
strategies to ensure the wellbeing of the animals under your care, as well as
that of the volunteers and staff.
- Be in
direct communication with the head office and volunteer coordinator to support
the coordinators and volunteers with any problem that they might have.
together with the coordinators to plan, carry out and adapt the daily routines
according to the requirements of each day.
the coordinators to organise daily activities including the cleaning of animal
areas, feeding, enrichment and organising volunteers' days off.
attend and participate in park meetings when requested by the Administrator or
President, and keep in close contact with them at all times.
know and understand the emergency protocols in case of attacks, escapes and
accidents and know how to apply them.
out repairs at the animal areas where necessary.
Candidates should have a
strong interest in wild animals, and specifically in primates, their behaviour
and wellbeing. You must also have a strong degree of self-management and the
willingness to take on a large amount of responsibility. For this reason we
require candidates to have previous management and team organisation
experience, as well as having worked previously with wild animals, especially
primates from the New World. Candidates must also have strong speaking, reading and writing skills
in both Spanish and English.
The two CIWY sanctuaries
that are home to primates are located in remote parts of Bolivia and the
conditions vary. As previously mentioned these sanctuaries are Machia and Jacj
Cuisi; therefore you can expect to work in any of our sanctuaries. In Machia
there is electricity, WiFi and clean drinking water almost always although some
interruptions are possible. Jacj Cuisi, being in the jungle, is more isolated.
There is electricity but only to charge electronic devices/equipment. There is
no WiFi although a mobile internet signal can be found in various places. There
are only cold water showers.
You will be living as
part of a community, made up of a mix of both Bolivian workers and volunteers,
as well as international volunteers coming from all over the world.
You will be required to
work hard, in an environment that requires great physical effort,
decisiveness, creativity, ingenuity and adaptability, taking into account the
economic restraints and limited resources.
You will have the
privilege of working to give animals rescued from the illegal pet trade a
second chance in life. The end goal of your day to day activities will be
maintaining and improving the quality of life of the animals under your care in
a process of reintegration to a wilder life.
Hours of work
The primate manager will
have the responsibility of administering various management areas. Normally
our long term workers are the first to arrive and the last to leave their
areas of work to ensure that the work is carried out correctly.
You can expect a working
day that begins at 7am and ends at 5:30pm, with a one hour break for breakfast and one hour and a half break for lunch.
You will work
six days per week, with one day off per week. They will also have a one week holiday after the sixth working month.
The living conditions
are basic because the majority of funds are spent directly on the animals under
our care. Machia has an accomodation area for volunteers/coordinators/long term
workers which consists of bedrooms, a kitchen and a common eating area that is
shared by all. The bedrooms are shared by up to four people, the beds have
straw mattresses and there are shared bathrooms with hot water. Despite there
being permanent electricity and water, outages can occur occasionally
(especially during the wet season).
Jacj Cuisi has an
accomodation area for coordinators/volunteers/long term workers that consists
of shared bedrooms, bathroom and shower. There is a comedor and one kitchen
which is only used by the sanctuary cook. The bedrooms are shared by between
two and eight people and have straw mattresses.
Sheets and pillows are
provided. We also recommend you to bring a sleeping bag for colder nights, a
mosquito net and boots, as well as a padlock for the security of your personal
For this position, the
candidate must commit to a minimum of one year following a one month training
period. In Machia accommodation,
breakfast and lunch are provided while in Jacj Cuisi accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included (except on your day off when you go to the town).
The position attracts a remuneration package of 200 USD which could be
increased depending on the candidate's experience. A financial contribution would
also be made to cover the costs related to obtaining a one year visa. However, for this we require candidates to have six months previous experience in
management and team leadership, in addition to one year's experience working
with wildlife, especially with primates from the New World.
If you are interested, please send your CV plus a cover letter indicating your experience to in...@intiwarayassi.org until November 30th.