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Focus of the Internship Intern will gain experience in trails maintenance and outdoor educational
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 trail system management of a non-profit by participating in daily
maintenance projects that will vary with the seasons.
● Knowledge of Project Chimps’ mission and values
● Learn how to effectively communicate a nonprofit’s mission to existing
and prospective donors and stakeholders through naturalist
presentations to hikers and trail guests.
● Learn how to use maintenance tools and equipment.
● Develop relationship building and retention skills through ongoing contact
with trails sponsors and volunteers.
● Exposure to the operations of a chimpanzee sanctuary.
● Attend and participate in committee meetings as related to intern’s
Orientation/Training ● 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 particular 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 construction and maintenance of the trail system, camp sites,
and other amenities along the trail route.
● Coordinate and deliver weekly presentations to hikers and trail guests
based on the intern’s interest and background (ie topics are unique to
each intern such as birding, edible plants, insects, etc).
● Research potential additions to the trail system.
● Assist in securing sponsors for available naming opportunities (benches,
bridges, etc).
● Communicate regularly with Event Coordinator and Facilities Manager.
● Follow Project Chimps volunteer and photo release protocols.

● Evaluate presentation success after each session.
● 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
● Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Publisher,
● 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 Flexible in spring an fall months only

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.

Additional Information

● Intern may have the opportunity to explore local trail systems to gather
● 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
● Interns will have no physical contact with the chimpanzees

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