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Focus of the Internship

Intern will gain experience in horticultural maintenance and installation practices at a nonprofit chimpanzee sanctuary. The intern will also complete an independent project that can meet the requirements of the intern’s academic institution (if applicable).

Learning Opportunities

● Learn plant identification on 225-acres in north Georgia.
● Knowledge of Project Chimps’ mission and values
● Learn how to effectively communicate a nonprofit’s mission to existing and prospective donors and stakeholders through horticultural presentations to sanctuary guests.
● Learn how to use maintenance tools and equipment.
● Develop relationship building and retention skills through ongoing contact with community browse donors and volunteers.
● Exposure to the operations of a chimpanzee sanctuary.
● Attend and participate in committee meetings as related to intern’s project.


● Orientation will be scheduled the first day of the internship and includes the following: history and tour of Project Chimps, description of rules, safety protocols, chimpanzee behavior, and chimpanzee care protocols. Intern should attend the orientation wearing closed, rubber-soled shoes.
● Intern will be given a manual and will be trained on the aspects of their role.
● Intern will receive online training via CollaborNation. Once an intern finishes the required courses, they retain access to the full library of online courses.

Intern Responsibilities

● Assist with planning, installing and harvesting at Project Harvest.
● Harvest and distribute browse to chimpanzees.
● Utilize greenhouse for plant propagation.
● Assist with maintaining landscaping including weed eating, pruning, composting and removal of invasive species.
● Research potential new plants to add to Project Harvest.
● Communicate regularly with Facilities Manager.
● Follow Project Chimps volunteer and photo release protocols.
● Represent Project Chimps at community events as directed.
● Participate in daily staff morning briefings.
● Resident interns complete a weekly shift cleaning and tending to the intern residence.
● Attend weekly meetings with supervisor.
● Identify and develop an independent project (for example, add new trails, create new educational leaflets, identify additional species, etc). The project can meet the requirements of the intern’s academic institution; present completed project in a written format and/or PowerPoint at a staff meeting at the end of the internship term.

Level of Difficulty 1=easy/5=demanding (physical, mental, emotional)

● Physical difficulty is Level 5; trail work may be up to a level 5 in physical difficulty, requiring physical strength and mobility; must be able to complete a moderate hike on gravel roads in all weather.
● Mental difficulty is Level 4; can be a fast paced and high stress environment to guide novice hikers on even moderate trails; independent project work requires critical thinking skills.
● Emotional difficulty is Level 2; intern will be around chimpanzees that are retired from biomedical research.

Expected Environmental Conditions

  • Office environment and outdoor event space in rugged and rural conditions; events take place rain or shine around our 230-acre property.

Qualifications/Requirements for Intern Applicants

● Must be at least 18 years old.
● Able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document with or without reasonable accommodation.
● Interested in outdoor recreation, trail management, and outdoor education.
● Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint.
● Comfortable with public speaking, in large and small group settings.
● Excellent oral communication skills.


● Must arrive on time for shifts.
● Must wear closed, rubber-soled shoes. Intern shirts will be provided by Project Chimps and a dress code must be followed at all times.
● Must learn and follow all guidelines and policies of Project Chimps and follow directions given by staff.
● Candidates must submit the required paperwork and pass a background check before being assigned. At least two letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application form when applying for an internship. Copies of any academic requirements should also be submitted. International interns are solely responsible for obtaining any required visas.
● Should have access to a computer and ability to login into an online volunteer communication site to receive updates.
● Current TB test, Flu shot, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B shots required, unless you are medically exempt.

Internship Start Date Spring, Summer and Fall
Internship Time Commitment 32 hours per week for 12 weeks, flexible upon request
Internship Scheduling Guidelines Schedule is flexible and may be based on the weather.
Tools/Equipment Provided (including Personal Protective Equipment) – All necessary equipment will be provided.
Optional Tools/Equipment – Interns are encouraged to bring their own laptops.
Supervisor(s) Christy Jellets, Facilities Manager
Additional Mentor(s) Ryan Kennedy, Grounds Specialist
Number of Concurrent Internship Openings 1

Additional Information

● Intern may have the opportunity to explore local trail systems to gather ideas.
● This is an unpaid position. On-site housing may be available for interns committing to at least 32 hours per week and will be discussed after receipt of the initial application; please note your interest in housing accommodations in your cover letter. Housing is co-ed, and has two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, and is equipped with internet. Food must be provided by the intern if staying on-site. Parking is available for interns with vehicles. The property and house are non-smoking. Staff or volunteers will provide interns with weekly trips into town for grocery shopping.
● Interns will have no physical contact with the chimpanzees.

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