Job Opportunities at The Gorilla Foundation 



Job Overview:

The Gorilla Foundation is seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as a full-time Gorilla Caregiver/Researcher, in an environment where gorilla care and interspecies communication research are highly integrated. This is an opportunity for a qualified individual to make a contribution to great ape care, research, conservation and education, by using two-way communication to facilitate gorilla care and empowerment


Include providing daily care to two gorillas and their environment. This includes the monitoring, evaluation, and help in maintaining the physical and emotional health and well-being of gorillas Koko and Ndume through behavioral observations, enrichment, training, sign-language and other forms of two-way communication. Will clean and perform general maintenance of the indoor/outdoor gorilla facilities, assist with the preparation and delivery of meals to gorillas, and support and document communication-based research with gorillas, by learning American Sign Language (ASL), taking observational notes, filling out corresponding forms and participating in database entry and cataloging. This is an hourly full-time position from approximately 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, 5 days per week. However, work-schedule flexibility is required, including the ability to work weekend days and evenings (e.g., 12-9PM)

Qualifications / Experience:

Applicants must have a strong affinity for animals, as reflected in work and volunteer experience. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment, be hard-working, service-oriented and self-motivated, possessing a strong commitment to animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Applicant should have at least two years of full-time animal care experience (preferably with primates) and at least a 4-year degree in life sciences, biology, psychology, primatology, zoology, conservation or related field. The applicant should be safety oriented and have experience in operant conditioning and training techniques. Ideally they should have some experience in performing or assisting with observational research. Knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) is preferred. California applicants preferred. A valid driver’s license is preferred.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation time, sick/personal leave, paid holidays and a 403(b) retirement plan

How to Apply:

Please send a letter of interest, resume, 3 professional references and a brief essay on “What Koko means to me” to:
NOTE: We are not currently hiring Gorilla Caregivers, but are accepting applications for future job openings.  Email us your application, and we will contact you when we resume an active search.



Volunteer Membership Services (Business Office)

We are looking for volunteers to assist us at our business office (Redwood City) with Gorilla Foundation membership management, via mail, email and phone correspondences. Your service will help us raise funds more efficiently in order to transmit Koko’s legacy as an ambassador for her species to the next generation. 

Responsibilities (based on skills and interests):
1. Fulfillment of orders placed on our online store:
2. Fulfillment of donor thank-you and outreach letters, and membership materials
3. Management of email and phone correspondences from members and the public
4. Help with social media and web postings on Koko’s Facebook, Twitter and web site
5. Reviewing, editing and answering letters to prospective donors, donors and partners
6. Database administration (if interested and have some experience)
7. Help with multimedia (photo and video) selection and rating

Necessary Qualifications:
1. A strong interest in The Gorilla Foundations work and mission
2. Attention to detail
3. Reliable — learning new tasks, completing projects to specs, asking questions
4. Basic Computer skills: Microsoft Office, Email, learning new apps
5. Good written and verbal communication skills

Special Requirements:
1. Minimum commitment of 6 months
2. Available one day a week for a four hour shift between 9 am and 4 pm
3. Must be at least 18 years old

How to Apply:
1) Cover letter summarizing your experience, interests, reasons for wanting to volunteer, questions about the position, and your availability),
2) Resume of work, volunteer and educational experience
3) List of 2-3 professional and/or volunteer-related references
4) A 1-2 paragraph essay on “What Koko Means to Me”

All attachments MUST be in either Word or PDF format.


Contact Us



The Gorilla Foundation /
1733 Woodside Rd., Suite 330
Redwood City, CA, 94061
1-800-ME-GO-APE (634-6273)

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Our mission is to learn about gorillas by communicating with them, and apply our knowledge to advance great ape conservation, education, care and empathy.

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