How You Can Help


internship.jpgThe Center for Great Apes offers a 3-month on-site volunteer internship for those desiring the opportunity to observe and experience the care of orangutans and chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment.

Intern volunteers assist with staff duties including: cleaning of indoor and outdoor habitats, making enrichment devices and toys, assisting with ape laundry, helping prepare ape diets, participating in observations of ape behaviors, cutting browse & vegetation for nesting, installing or repairing enrichment materials, assisting with general housekeeping duties, and occasionally leading educational visitor tours, helping with office work, and gardening.

Besides having a sincere interest in the welfare and care of captive great apes, applicants for the intern program must:

-          Be at least 21 years old

-          Be able to speak fluent English

-          Be a current member of Center for Great Apes

-          Have a recent tuberculosis test with proof of a negative titer

-          Sign a liability release waiver

If you are interested in becoming an intern and would like further information, please view our Internship FAQ’s, email us at or download our intern application.