Summer Intern and Winter Caretaker Programs
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 acknowledge grants from The Idaho Community Foundation provided through the Perc H. Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund for enabling us to provide our intern programs.
Summer Program Duration: 3 months (Typically May - August) *dates flexible*
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 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.
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.
Winter Program Duration: 6 to 7 months (September/October – April)
Winter caretakers live on-site at Snowdon and are expected to commit for 3 1/2 days of work per week. No salary is provided other than no-cost housing, but the work schedule allows for picking up a part-time job in the community as long as it is compatible with the Snowdon schedule. Winter caretaker duties are similar to those of summer interns, but there are far fewer opportunities for hands-on wildlife rehabilitation experiences. On-site wildlife rehab tasks usually center around caring for orphaned black bear cubs and our educational birds.
Qualifications for Winter Caretakers: Be at least 20 yrs old. Willingness to be outdoors in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Successful applicants are self-motivated with good communication skills, flexibility, and a willingness to respond to unanticipated challenges. It is required that winter staff have a vehicle with 4-wheel drive.
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.
Applications for summer interns are generally received and reviewed from January through March preceding the intended summer session. Winter caretaker positions are advertised as needed.
The Intern Application can be downloaded in MS Word or PDF formats below: