Volunteer Coordinator Assistant

Wild Futures

Looe, Cornwall

Volunteer • Full Time

www.wildfutures.org rachel_hevesi@wildfutures.org 01503262532 Rachel Hevesi

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinator Assistant 

This volunteer post is for a minimum of six months and may be up to year-long. Accommodation and food is provided along with some expenses each month. It is an exciting opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, working alongside an experienced team, with the chance to earn a recommendation from a highly respected primate sanctuary. 

Primary responsibilities: 

You will be working closely with and be supported by the Volunteer Coordinator and other team members to ensure short term volunteers are supported throughout their placement.

  • The Sanctuary takes up to 10 short term residential volunteers (2 weeks to 8 weeks) at any one time. The assistant coordinates and works closely with the volunteer group, to ensure volunteers are provided with clear direction and instruction on all work.
  • The assistant teaches monkey food preparation, enrichment and cleaning of enclosures to new volunteers each week. You will follow a strict protocol on how to teach these activities, ensuring standards are kept high.
  • The assistant also coordinates and works alongside members of staff in all departments to prepare work for volunteers in those departments. This could include the Primate Care, Site, Admin or Education. The assistant must understand the work and then explain and delegate this work out to the volunteers.
  •  The assistant ensures that volunteers have work throughout the day, and provides support and assistance to volunteers for this.
  • Weekly meetings with the volunteers and the Volunteer Coordinator will help ensure volunteers know what they will be doing the following week work-wise and provide mentorship to ensure volunteers have support with regards to personal or professional issues.
  • The Sanctuary is open to the public for part of the year. You will need to learn about the monkeys and the ethos of the Sanctuary sufficiently, so you can talk to and educate visitors and run workshops. You should demonstrate confidence and willingness to do this. 

You must:

  • Inspire volunteers and interns as a positive role model, displaying professional behaviour, motivation and good communication skills.
  • Be confident and articulate as well as fluent in English language
  • Have a proven ability to multi-task and prioritise, remaining calm under pressure
  • Be physically fit and be able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Have experience of managing a small team of volunteers or interns preferably in similar environment – experience as a teaching assistant or youth work is particularly helpful.

Other responsibilities:

You will also: 

Need to share responsibility for certain tasks with members of staff and other interns (such as cleaning the public toilets, cooking for the household and washing house laundry) via a rota system. 

Be expected to develop and maintain good communications with all team members and evolve a co-operative living and working relationship with other members of the community. A monthly review process will enable you and the team to monitor your progress and mentor you through your internship. 

Show that you can be flexible in your work, adapting to new situations as they arise and you will be able to prioritise work according to tasks you have been given. We will ask you to work five full days a week and to be flexible about your days off.

You will have an allowance of 2 extra days off a month which can be requested to the Volunteer Coordinator.

You may also have the opportunity to take on a project to develop your own interests. This will have to be agreed with the staff but can be completed within the working day around the other commitments of the day.


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