Snowdon 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.
We gratefully acknowlege grants from The Idaho Community Foundation provided through the Perc H.
Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund and the Whittenberger Foundation for enabling us to provide our intern programs.
Summer interns live on-site at Snowdon and are expected to commit for 4 days of work per week. 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.
Duties include food preparation and feeding, cleaning enclosures, general observation of animals’ health, keeping clinic clean, and answering the telephone. Responsibilities also include general maintenance of enclosures and surrounding grounds. Primary rehabilitation duties during the summer of 2015 will be caring for baby songbirds and black bear cubs and as they come in. Once trained and oriented to the facility, interns are expected to provide these basic rehabilitation and maintenance duties without direct supervision. Other activities may include assisting with educational programs.
Work schedule allows for picking up a part-time job in the community as long as it is compatible with the Snowdon schedule.
Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary is “off the grid”. There is no conventional electricity; a generator is on site for limited use for the clinic and animal care. Wireless internet and cell phone coverage (Verizon) is available. A 4wd vehicle is recommended during spring and winter.
Qualifications for 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.