Primate Caretaker

Website Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

The Primate Sanctuary is a division of Born Free USA. Our mission is to provide nonhuman primates as high a quality of life as we can, with as little human interference as needed to maintain their proper care. The 186-acre sanctuary, located south of San Antonio, Texas, is home to more than 600 primates, many of whom were rescued from abusive or exploitative situations.

The focus of animal care at the sanctuary is to provide conditions in which the captive populations of macaques, baboons, and vervets are allowed to live out the remainder of their lives with extensive freedom of movement, choice of food, and choice of companions, in accordance with their social nature. We aim to provide a lifelong, high standard of care without being needlessly intrusive.


1.Participate in the daily care of all animals including, but not limited to:

Clean habitats

Empty, clean and re-fill water troughs

Prepare and distribute food

Report any animal showing signs of ill health or injury to management Dispense medications and medical treatments Maintain written log entries

2. Grounds and enclosure maintenance work as required:

Trimming vegetation around the Sanctuary to keep paths and other areas clear Assist with construction projects such as building shelters, etc.

3.Make and distribute enrichment.

4.Help with the weekly delivery of fresh produce, dry feed, hay & other deliveries by unloading and stacking supplies.

5.Other duties as required


Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with the following:

A willingness to make a strong commitment to the monkeys and the organization.

The ability to work calmly around animals in a respectful and humane manner.

Achieved a college degree in zoology, biology, primatology, anthropology, conservation, animal behavior or related field.

Equivalent of 4 years in animal care experience may be acceptable in lieu of degree.

Familiarity with exotics and/or wildlife a plus

Experience working in an animal sanctuary or similar work environment a plus

Vet tech skills a plus

Can lift up to 50 pounds , and conduct other kinds of physical work

Is able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including 100 degree + weather

Must be at least 18 years of age

Is willing to work various shifts including weekends and holidays

Be capable and willing to follow all safety procedures and animal care protocols

Fluent in English, both written and verbal

Valid driver’s license

Be prepared to move to a small, rural community



$9.00/hour to start $10.00/hour after 90 day probationary period

Paid vacation

Paid sick time

Free health insurance

Dental, Vision and Veterinary reimbursement program based on length of employment


How to Apply / Contact

Send resume and cover letter to

Applicant must be able to come out for a working interview, no financial support is available for this.

Not able to accept international applicants at this time.

To apply for this job email your details to

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