Part-time winter animal caretaker/rehab/ and facility maintenance position offered at Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS), a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in central Idaho. Snowdon is a small, non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate local injured and orphaned animals, and return them to the wild, when possible. The facility is located off-grid, on 35 acres of forested land just outside beautiful McCall, ID. The winter animal caretaker will live on-site in their own cabin by the creek.
Duties require caring for Snowdon’s 2 resident educational raptors, possible bear cubs, and any other rescue animals that come in during winter and spring. Daily duties include food prep, feeding and care of educational and rescue animals, assessment of animals’ health, cleaning enclosures and medical clinic, answering the phone, and helping with snow removal and facility maintenance. SWS gets a lot of snow in winter, so snow removal can be a large part of the winter duties. Although the winter animal caretaker internship does not interact with as much wildlife as our summer interns, the position still gives someone a great opportunity to gain experience working with the public on wildlife rescue issues, handling birds and small mammals, and performing wildlife rehabilitation practices and care. (Some colleges may give credit for the experience.) Once trained and oriented to the facility, the winter intern will often work opposite, and independently of the facility manager. The position is a 6-month winter term (Nov – April), 4 days/week. The workdays may be flexible in scheduling, which can provide the opportunity for picking up a part-time job in town 1-3 days/week if necessary. The position is unpaid, but provides on-site private housing and utilities in a desirable community, and highly aesthetic area of Idaho.
Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary and the intern cabin are “off-grid”. There is no conventional electricity, and propane generators are used to operate most of the facility. The intern cabin is equipped with a small solar system for some computer use and cell service. It is heated with a gas woodstove and has ample running water.
Desirable start date is ~Nov. 1-8. Position will remain open until filled.
(We may consider a shorter intern duration in special circumstances. If the 6-mo job term limits your interest, please email to inquire about your situation and interest before applying.)
To Apply: submit (1) a cover letter describing your interest, (2) a resume, and (3) contact info for 3 references. Email application packet t0 email@example.com
At least 20 yrs old. Applicants must be physically fit and able to work in adverse weather conditions. Successful applicants are hard-working and self-motivated with good communication skills, flexibility, and a willingness to respond to unanticipated challenges. An AWD or 4WD vehicle highly recommended.