Chimp Haven welcomes enthusiastic volunteers who have a love for animals and a passion for serving their community. Our volunteers have diverse backgrounds, and bring a variety of experiences, knowledge and skills to Chimp Haven. Chimp Haven provides volunteer opportunities in the following areas: special events, education/school programs, sanctuary care, community awareness and advocacy. Due to the amount of training required to work with our chimpanzees, volunteers will not work directly with chimpanzees, or in indoor areas where chimpanzees are housed.
Chimp Haven’s Volunteer Program also offers corporate volunteer opportunities. We accept corporate groups throughout the year for various projects including facility maintenance, gardening, chimpanzee enrichment, and special events.
Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of our Chimpanzee Discovery Days. This once a month event is open to the public. Volunteers lead educational activities and booths, greet visitors, and assist Chimp Haven staff in making each Chimpanzee Discovery Day a truly exciting event.
We also have a resident volunteer program for out-of-town volunteers. A personal vehicle is required and resident volunteers must be over 18. Lodging may be available, on a first come, first serve basis, at the rate of $40 a night. Minimum service of 20 hours per week is required.
Educational internships in the behavior, husbandry, enrichment and veterinary departments are also available; please see our Internship page for more information.
Chimp Haven is a wonderful place for volunteers to make a contribution to their community, gain knowledge about chimpanzees from experienced staff members, form new friendships, learn new skills and have fun! If you are interested in becoming a Chimp Haven volunteer please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and additional information!