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).
● 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 project.
● 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.
● 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.