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Updated:  3/4/2014
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Currently no new job openings Produce Assistant (gorilla food preparation)
Carpenter / Handyperson
Gardener/Tree Service for Gorilla Grounds
Web / Database Volunteer
Mission:  To bring interspecies communication to the public, in order to save gorillas from extinction, and inspire our children to create a sustainable future for all great apes.
VOLUNTEER Opportunities

Volunteer as:   Carpenter / Handyperson

The Gorilla Foundation is seeking a volunteer to help with important carpentry and other small-to-medium building/repair projects for the gorillas, staff and our canine friends. Projects include a perimeter fence, a dog enclosure and a shed to contain the gorillas' large plastic enrichment items. Can be on a project-by-project basis, or a mutually agreed upon number of hours/days per week.

• At least 5 years of professional hands-on experience with carpentry, fencing, etc.
• Animal lover (we have both dogs and gorillas — and gorilla enclosures)
• Easy-going personality
• Resonance with our mission: Conservation through Communication (see Koko.org more more info)
• Must live on the San Francisco Peninsula and have your own reliable means of transportation

How to Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to:


All attachments MUST be in either .doc or .pdf format.

Volunteer Caregiver Assistant

Volunteer as:   Produce Assistant for Koko & Ndume

Meals are always exciting events throughout a gorilla's day, and Koko and Ndume are no exception. Eating a combined 24 pounds a day, there is a lot of food preparation involved before the gorillas can enjoy their meals. We are always interested in hearing from potential volunteers in the event that we have an open position.

• Experience cooking and preparing meals
• Love of cooking
• Knowledgable of vegetables and fruits
• Can sort, wash, and cook produce thoroughly and efficiently
• Love gorillas, dogs, and cats
• Are happy to put up with the heat of summer and the cold and rain of winter

• Minimum commitment of one year
• Complete an initial volunteer period in the Business Office
• Are available one day a week from 8:30am to 12:30pm
• Provide a copy of a negative TB test annually
• Provide a copy of a flu shot report/receipt annually
• Must be at least 18 years old

Because the gorillas are very sensitive to any change in their environment, especially new people, we ask that volunteers make a long-term commitment. If you are willing to commit to a regular volunteer schedule, we would be happy to keep your application on file in the event that we have an open position. To find out more about the position and how to apply, tell us a little about your self and your interest in the position in an email to volunteer@Koko.org.

All attachments MUST be in either .doc or .pdf format.

Please note that we do NOT have any volunteer opportunities that involve direct contact with the gorillas.

Volunteer as: Gardener for Gorilla Grounds

The gorilla foundation needs help with grounds clearing, pruning, planting (of gorilla "browse"), by someone with professional gardening experience.

For more information, please email volunteer@Koko.org.


Volunteer as:  Web/Database Developer for Koko.Org

We need the assistance of a few experienced web developesr who have expertise with some or all of the following technologies:
1) php
2) mysql
3) javascript
4) Flash
5) FileMaker Pro (vsn 8 or higher)

If you're a good communicator who is focused, energetic and able to commit at least 2-3 hours per week, remotely, but on a regular basis, please email your resume, with sample web links, to:


NOTE: The main characteristics we look for in those who wish to work with the gorillas are a love of animals, dedication, rapport with gorillas, skill in sign language, educational background, experience with primates (human or nonhuman), and the ability to follow instructions and take responsibility.

Much exciting work remains to be done as we explore the minds and spirits of other species, and thus enrich our own in the process.


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