Intern and Winter Caretaker Programs

Jeri and cubSnowdon offers two summer intern positions and occasional winter caretaker positions. These are typically opportunities for college students studying some aspect related to animals and wildlife, including wildlife majors, veterinarians, biologists, etc. Many colleges have allowed the experience to be included as a credited course.

2014-15 Winter Caretaker positions have been filled.

Winter Program

Full-time housing is offered in exchange for 3 days/week caretaker duties.

Duties include food preparation and feeding, cleaning enclosures, general observation of animals’ health, keeping clinic clean, and answering telephone. Responsibilities also include general maintenance of enclosures and surrounding grounds, including snow removal to keep paths and enclosures open. Other activities may include assisting with educational programs. Winter animals include resident educational birds and rehabilitating black bear cubs.

Work schedule allows for picking up a part-time job in the community, compatible with Snowdon schedule. 

Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary is “off the grid”. There is no electricity; a generator is on site for limited use for the clinic and animal care. Wireless internet available and cell phone coverage. 4-wd vehicle recommended during winter.

Qualifications for Winter Caretakers and Summer Interns: Be at least 20 yrs old. Background in pre-veterinary studies, biology, or interpretation preferred but not required. Successful applicants are self-motivated with good communication skills, flexibility, and a willingness to respond to unanticipated challenges. 

Summer Program

Summer interns live on-site at Snowdon, located in the mountains just outside McCall, ID. Interns learn and provide all aspects of wildlife care at the sanctuary, as well as assist visitors in the Education Center. Interns are not paid wages or salaries, but a small stipend is usually provided.

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Applications for Summer 2015 are being accepted now - for review after the first of the year (2015).

Intern/caretaker application download

Our Fantastic Summer 2014 Interns, Kelsey Hansen and Maeghan Elliott.
We are grateful for their service!