Friday, February 6, 2015

Experienced Primate Caregiver

Experienced Primate Caregiver

AAP Primadomus - Rescue Centre for Exotic Mammals

The work and goals of AAP are to improve, in a professional manner, the welfare of abused or neglected primates, and, small to medium sized exotic mammals from all over Europe. This is achieved by providing shelter for animals from the illegal trade, circuses or private individuals. For most of the animals we find suitable homes worldwide in reserves, zoos, or in our own permanent shelter.

AAP is also actively and strategically involved in animal welfare issues by influencing European policy and decision-makers in this field and working together with professional groups at home and abroad. Furthermore, AAP is an international authoritative knowledge centre.

AAP carries out this work from their 2 locations, one located in Almere (The Netherlands) and one in Villena (Alicante, Spain).  In total, we employ about  90 paid staff and more than 150 volunteers. The Spanish department is AAP Primadomus and is located at the foot of the Sierra de Salinas, one of the most important natural protected environments of Villena. AAP distinguishes itself by having an enormous passion and a professional, open culture. Our core values, accessibility, dedication and inventiveness form important guidelines of our culture.

For the Animal Care Department of AAP Primadomus (Spain) we are now looking for an enthusiastic:

Experienced Primate Caregiver (m/f)
(24 hours per week, starting in April-May 2015)

Your role
As a primate experienced caregiver you are responsible for the daily care of the primates housed in different departments of Primadomus. The practical work for a large part will consist of cleaning, feeding, observing, providing behavioural enrichment, assisting the work of our veterinarian during regular medical checks and assisting in the rehabilitation of the primates. You will be part of a team of experienced caregivers working according to standard procedures and a hands-off policy. You will direct and guide a number of trainees and (foreign) volunteers, undertake a number of administrative tasks and be flexible enough to work Saturdays or Sundays. The department’s team leader will direct you.

•        Affinity with the ideals and goals of AAP
•        Experience working with exotic animals, preferably primates
•        In good physical shape and is immune to stress
•        Prepared to work weekends
•        Capable of working independently but also as a team player
•        Takes the initiative
•        Disciplined to work with protocols
•        Prepared to share knowledge and information 
•        Competent in both oral and written English
•        Is adaptable to live in a remote place
•        Capable of working with relevant computer programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)

We offer
We are offering you a very challenging job with a lot of responsibility in an open, professional and international organisation with animals and people at its heart, located in a natural environment.

Want to know more or apply right away?
For further information send an email to Olga Bellon,

mobile +34 661 877 595– Team Leader AAP Primadomus. 
Send your application letter and CV before 1st of March 2015, mentioning number 2015-03-PREC, preferably by e-mail to,, Attn. Elly Koppers, HR Coordinator.

Carrying out a practical assignment is part of the application process.

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