For Volunteers

Previous experience handling primates or mammals is welcome, but not required. The successful candidate must have medical insurance, a valid IACUC certificate (i.e. working with the IACUC, ii. non-human primate lecture; and must comply with the corresponding CPRC facility medical entrance protocol.


At Sabana Seca:

We welcome students and individuals interested in volunteer work related to biology, anthropology, parasitology, veterinary and animal care, behavioral management and environmental enrichment. According to their academic interests, students will work under the direct supervision of the corresponding CPRC Division staff and may be involved in shadowing, veterinary treatment, behavioral assessment, social group monitoring, necropsy, skeletal maceration, tissue sampling, and fecal sampling processing.     


At Cayo Santiago:

Behavioral data collection intern at CSFS. Interns observe and collect agonistic interactions to help establish social ranks.  Responsibilities also include data entry. The successful applicant will be expected to work at CSFS from Monday thru Friday, between 6:30 am and 3:00 pm. Interns are welcome to come to CSFS from January through October, but must commit a minimum of two months. No salary is offered, but free housing may be available.

Trapping assistant at CSFS. Trapping season is held from mid October – mid December. The successful applicant will be expected to work on CSFS from Monday thru Thursday, between 6:30 am and 2:00 pm. Responsibilities include the handling and sampling of trapped animals (e.g. DNA samples, body measurements), as well as the preparation and storage of samples taken. No salary is offered, but free housing may be available.


At the Laboratory of Primate Morphology:

The Laboratory of Primate Morphology accepts volunteers to help curate the Laboratory of Primate Morphology’s collection.
Specifically, the student will be supplied with a mature rhesus skeleton, an India ink pen, and a manual of rhesus bone identification. He or she will be shown how to write the specimen’s catalog number on each bone and how to string the vertebrae. The final steps are sorting the bones into broad classifications and filling out the inventory sheet. 
As the student gets more proficient, he or she will be supplied with an aged skeleton.  The last and most difficult phase is curating the immature skeletons.  These are complex due to the small size and unfused epiphyses. 

At the end, it is hoped that the student will have a grasp of growth, development and ordinary variation of bone biology.