Job Vacancies

Wild Futures is a UK charity with a holistic approach that combines an educational, environmental and sustainability remit dedicated to promoting the welfare, conservation and survival of our closest living relatives, the non-human primates; working to end the primate trade and abuse of primates in captivity, promoting the rehabilitation of captive primates and the preservation of those in the wild, whilst operating The Monkey Sanctuary for primates in need of a long term home.

Find out more about our current vacancies below.

Long Term Primate Care Volunteer

Job Title: Long Term Primate Care Volunteer
Contract: Full Time
Contract Type: 12 months
Hours:  37.5 hours week. Monday – Sunday, (5 days a week)
Location: The Monkey Sanctuary, St. Martin, Looe, Cornwall

Our long term volunteer placement is unfunded but we provide accommodation and basic food for the duration of the placement.

About Wild Futures:

The Wild Futures is a charity that currently manages our Monkey Sanctuary which houses and cares for many species of primate. The majority of the residents are victims of the exotic pet trade in the UK.

The Role:

A long term volunteer placement at Wild Futures enables individuals to gain valuable hands on experience caring for rescued primates at our sanctuary in Looe, Cornwall. Our placements run for twelve months and during this time you will be trained by experienced caregivers on how to look after a species of primate at our sanctuary. We currently have in our care capuchins, long tailed and Barbary macaques, marmosets and woolly monkeys. Aside from the primate care elements of the placement you will also get to contribute to the sanctuary on a wider scale learning about our campaign efforts, how to do basic maintenance for both our monkey territory and ground and gardens, participate in educational visits and support workshops for these, engaging with visitors to the site and learn to give informative public talks. We are looking for dedicated hard working individuals with a passion for animal welfare who are looking to kick start a career in primate conservation.

Background & Qualifications:


  • A passion for animal welfare
  • Good communication skills, confident and articulate, fluent in English language
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritise, remaining calm under pressure
  • Physically fit and be able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Permission to volunteer in the UK
  • Able to commit to a twelve month volunteer placement
  • Over 18 years of age at time of placement beginning


  • Experience volunteering at an animal sanctuary
  • Hold/working towards a degree in zoology or related field

Download detailed job description here

We have three long term placements starting in Spring 2024

To apply for our long term primate care volunteer placements, please send a CV and cover letter to [email protected] 

Closing date: 10th March 2024

Please note we will be assessing candidates as we receive applications and may hire during this period.