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Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary is a small sanctuary located in the dry-tropical jungle of Costa Rica, specializing in golden mantled howler monkeys. We rely on our volunteer team to keep the sanctuary running smoothly.
We look for volunteers with a real passion for our project and the work we do, who not only want to help with the daily sanctuary chores but are also motivated to support our mission to prevent the devastating and often fatal wildlife electrocutions on power lines happening daily across Costa Rica, in addition to the increase in dog attacks and vehicle strikes.
We require a minimum commitment of 3 months but ideally are looking for a long-term volunteer to join our permanent team. To ensure candidates are serious about committing to the project we ask for an initial deposit of $400 per month. After a candidate has passed a 3-month probation and has shown sincere intent to stay long-term and become part of our team, this deposit will be refunded, and the candidate will begin to receive a weekly stipend.
Volunteer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Creating and implementing enrichment ideas
- Food preparation
- Cleaning habitats
- Scrubbing soiled blankets
- Observing behavior
- Preparing sleeping areas
- Keeping the sanctuary grounds clean and presentable, including all facilities
- Working on maintenance projects
- Assisting with educational visits
Please note that direct contact with all wildlife is limited. If you are looking for a place to play and cuddle with monkeys, Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary is not the place for you.
We are looking for mature, hardworking, fast learners, preferably 25+ who have experience living away from home. Working with vulnerable and disabled animals can be hard; mentally and physically. Volunteers need to take initiative, be self-motivated, respectful and most of all: flexible. Volunteers will get hot, wet, dirty & tired, but in the end the results of your work will be your reward!
All backgrounds are welcome however we have particular interest in candidates with education or experience in one of the following areas:
- Wildlife rehabilitation
Note: Some level of Spanish is appreciated, but not required. Fluent English is mandatory.