Thank you for your interest in Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre!

Current vacancies are listed below. We welcome applications year round for the following positions –  Primate Care Staff, Primate Care Staff Volunteers and Education Team Volunteers.

Primate Care Staff

We are an evolving rescue and rehabilitation centre and we are continually improving the standards of husbandry and welfare for the primates in our care. As a result, we are excited to be expanding our Primate Care Team, to help us achieve even higher standards.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Carrying out and enforcing high standards of welfare and animal husbandry routines as set by section Leaders.
  • Undertake & record animal observations accurately and effectively.
  • Deliver high standards of visitor engagement in the form of keeper talks.
  • Other supporting duties to enhance effective and efficient running of the park such as food ordering and organisation of animal care stores, etc.

 You will have:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in an animal care role – ideally this will include working with primates.
  • Enthusiasm, high standards and motivation.
  • A desire to be a part of a close knit team.
  • A positive outlook and excellent communication skills at all levels.
  • A sound practical knowledge and skill set in animal husbandry.
  • Strong observation skills.


  • A relevant animal-related qualification
  • Proven success or knowledge of operant conditioning.
  • Full clean driving licence due to location
  • Experience of public speaking
  • Commitment to continued professional development.

Further information:

  • The role is full time and includes weekend working as part of the current rolling roster system.
  • Hours of work are 08:30 – 17:00 September to June 08:30 – 18:00 July and August
  • Salary is paid monthly. 28 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays per annum
  • Staff accommodation subject to availability.

Temporary Seasonal Guest Services Assistants

Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre are looking for enthusiastic guests services assistants with a can do attitude, fantastic customer service within a customer facing role in a busy selection of departments. Guest services operate within the café, gift shop and entrance kiosks – candidates must be reliable, flexible and hardworking, ideally with experience in a customer facing role but not essential as full training will be given.

The role will include but not limited to:

  • Entrance welcome and departure
  • Cash handling and till operation
  • Customer service
  • Merchandising of stock and replenishment
  • Food preparation and service
  • Cleaning of tables, preparation and service areas
  • Handling customer phone calls

Please Note: Due to the size (65 acres) and geography of the park, candidates must be physically fit and be capable of working in a fast paced environment with own transport required due to location.

For guest services role applications, please complete the application form and return with a CV to

For all other applications, please send your CV and covering letter to

Alternatively, applications can be posted to:

Human Resources
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
BH20 6HH

Please note we do not accept third-party applications.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, and in order to keep administration costs to a minimum, we are unable to respond to each one individually, if your application is successful, we will contact you within 14 days to arrange an initial interview – alternatively we may keep your details on file and contact you as and when a suitable position becomes available.


Primate Care Staff Volunteers

We  are currently taking applications for Primate Care Staff volunteers. To apply, you must be in a position to commit to the park full time for a minimum of 9 – 12 months and must have relevant experience in this field. Please note there is no contact with the primates in this position, but you will be involved in the day to day husbandry that takes place ensuring that the needs of our primates are met.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to or post to

Human Resources
Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre
BH20 6HH

Education Team – Volunteers

Interested committed members of the public are welcome to apply for a volunteer position within our education department. This role is varied and includes assisting and talking to our many visitors to the park, giving guided tours, or helping out with the administration in our busy adoption centre. Applicants must be local to Monkey World and able to commit to a minimum of 2 days volunteering per calendar month.

Work Experience

Please note – We are unable to offer any work experience placements at Monkey World at this time.

Disclosure and Barring Service Policy

Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre takes its responsibility to protect visitors to the park seriously, by asking staff and volunteers in certain roles (as defined using appropriate DBS guidance) to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The purpose of the Disclosure is to ascertain whether or not an individual has committed offences that ban them from working with children or vulnerable adults. If your application is successful, you may, depending on the position applied for, be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service form.

There are currently 4 types of DBS check:

  • a basic check, which shows unspent convictions and conditional cautions
  • a standard check, which shows spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings
  • an enhanced check, which shows the same as a standard check plus any information held by local police that’s considered relevant to the role
  • an enhanced check with barred lists, which shows the same as an enhanced check plus whether the applicant is on the list of people barred from doing the role

Should you be required to complete any one of the above disclosures, a charge may apply. Once completed, a certificate is sent the applicant; the applicant must then supply Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre with the certificate. The decision to confirm an appointment offer as permanent (in addition to the 6 month probation period) is relevant until all checks and references have been received.

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