Assistant Staff

All volunteer staff members participate in community chores: cleaning, feeding and watering wolves, and processing meat. All volunteers give hour-long educational tours to visitors of all ages. For most of the summer, we focus our energy on education: teaching over 10,000 visitors about wolves, ecology, and sustainability.

We divide our work into five areas: animal care, education, non-profit management, facilities and vehicle maintenance, and sustainability. We have core staff members who oversee operations in these areas. Assistant staff work alongside the core staff, taking responsibility for specific aspects of Mission: Wolf’s daily operations. We choose staff based on experience, and try to have a well-rounded skill set among our community. We expect volunteers to work in the area they are most experienced in, but we encourage everybody to branch out and learn about all five areas.

Strong preference will be given to applicants who are able to come out as short-term volunteers for a working interview, prior to their intended commitment.

Our Requirements

During our off-season (September through May), we are looking for long commitments. We give priority to those who can stay for six months or more, spending the summer at Mission: Wolf on either end of their stay. We try not to have new staff arrive in the winter, since the living is hard and it is much more difficult to get new staff up to speed when they are getting used to the Colorado mountain winter. Year-long commitments or longer can work too, helping to train your replacement the following year.

We are looking for volunteers who have solid skills and life experience. In general, our staff is “good at stuff,” using experience and judgment to do things they aren’t familiar with. People who grew up on farms typically fall into this category, understanding machines, living creatures, and the interconnectedness of all things. Successful volunteers have lived on their own, held a job, and participated in group activities. We give priority to applicants who have extensive practical experience in one or more of our five areas of work. We have no education requirements, but most of our staff have a college education or are in college. We need staff members who can understand the science behind what we do and communicate it clearly to a public audience.

Community Living:
Mission: Wolf operates as a close-knit community, isolated from towns and cities. Our staff need to have great communication skills, experience working with people, and be comfortable living and working with others in close proximity. We set no minimum age, but we do set high expectations for how our volunteers will do their work, interact with the public, and contribute to the community. We judge people based on the work they do and their maturity in human and animal interactions.


Housing: We have heated living spaces for our winter and spring staff. Fall staff may live in tents until early October, when freezing temperatures begin. A heated space is either a tipi with a wood stove, or an unheated space to store personal items and a bed in a heated community space. Staff have access to our community kitchen building and staff bathroom (towels provided), as well as access to our washing machine.

Food: Mission: Wolf provides the food for all full-time staff (staples, not junk). You prepare breakfast and lunch on your own, and we all participate in daily community dinners.

Transportation: Transportation to and from local airports, or bus and train stations. Parking space for a car if you choose to drive.

Technology: Wireless internet, access to community laptops, access to a landline with free long distance and limited international calling.

Compensation: After two months, staff begin receiving an expense reimbursement of $15 per week. After four months, this amount increases to $25 per week for assistant staff and $40 per week for satellite staff. After one year, both assistant and satellite staff reimbursements increase to $50 per week. Due to the increased responsibilities of satellite staff, they also begin to receive a small, taxable income after one year, which increases annually.

Bonus Stuff:
• Staff camping trips funded by Mission: Wolf several times each summer
• Access to our collection of outdoor equipment

Job Descriptions

In addition to our general assistant staff, we have satellite staff who provide specialized support to the core staff. Before any staff may become satellite, we require at least four months of experience working with us.

Meat Caretaker (Animal Care Satellite)

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage supply, transport, processing, and distribution of wolf food
  • Manage the preparation for feeding days twice a week, and lead any short-term volunteers or groups interested in assisting
  • Keep feed prep areas clean and organized; teach visitors to do the same

Applications are closed at this time.

Outreach Caretaker (Education/Operations Satellite)

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Production of printed materials, such as the newsletter and the brochure
  • Facilitate engagement with the public about wolves and Mission: Wolf through social media
  • Maintain online accounts
  • Assist with educational material and merchandise in the Visitor’s Center
  • Production of media projects, such as videos for the sanctuary
  • Update and manage Mission: Wolf’s website

Applications are closed at this time.

Mechanical Caretaker (Refuge Satellite)

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage vehicle maintenance, registrations, and maintenance logs
  • Facilitate safe equipment use
  • Make sure all engines are maintained and operating correctly (generators, log splitters, chain saws, ATV, etc.)
  • Ensure all vehicles and other engines are in working order and vehicles are stocked with the proper tools and equipment

Currently accepting applications

Sustainability Caretaker (Refuge Satellite)

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Make sure all plants (and fish) are watered, healthy, harvested, and re-planted both inside and outside our greenhouses
  • Maintain and improve overall aesthetic of refuge landscape to keep the essence of a nature center
  • Maintain compost systems
  • Manage our general sustainability systems and practices, including but not limited to: passive water retention, reducing invasive species, and filtering vegetable oil for our vehicles

Applications are closed at this time.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, with the exception of fall and summer arrivals. If you are applying to arrive in the fall:

Application deadline: July 15 (Early applications are appreciated, since we prefer to interview qualified candidates. However, applications received before May 15 will be be placed on hold, and reviewed after our summer staff arrive on May 15)

Notification date: August 1 (For international applicants, July 21 or earlier to allow visa application time)

If you are planning to arrive in the summer, please apply as summer staff (you can mention in your application/interview that you are interested in staying past summer). Applications for arrival at any other point in the year are accepted on a rolling basis. We try to notify volunteers no later than two months prior to their start date. For international volunteers, we try to give three months notice to allow for visa applications.