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Intern Experience

Thank you for your interest in the WERC Intern Experience. The intern positions with WERC are intended to complement an individual's transition from academic studies to the professional working environment. Our captive wolf pack resides within a two acre enclosure, surrounded by a three hundred acre sanctuary, leased from the Nez Perce Tribe. The remote site is located approximately 2 miles South of Winchester, Idaho (pop. 308). Our Visitor Center is a world-renowned educational facility with a focus on gray wolf biology, ecology, and behavior; wolf reintroduction in Idaho and the Northwest; the culture of the Nez Perce Tribe; along with other regional environmental issues.
 
Interns are usually involved with all aspects of the operation for the three-hundred acre facility. Typical duties range from captive wolf care, educational presentations to all ages, interpretive sign development, general facility maintenance, and survival within our camp living environment.  This program has been developed for the college or university student who needs to fulfill certain educational or work experience requirements for graduation. The internship is also great for recent undergrad graduates who wish to obtain field experiences to assist in acquiring a career. 
 
Each intern position is typically a three-month duration, but there is some flexibility in this. The tentative dates for each internship season are:
  • Spring: February-May
  • Summer: May-August
  • Fall: August-November
We expect a three-month commitment for each internship, however an intern’s beginning and ending dates are flexible. Please include your projected availability within your letter of introduction.

Along with the invaluable learning experiences that interns receive in this program, you will also have a unique experience living in a rustic environment. Housing is provided in the form of insulated wall tents. Each intern has their own personal tent; however cooking is performed in a communal Cook shed.  There is no running water or electricity. Potable water is hauled to the site from nearby Winchester, and meal preparation is done with a propane range/oven. Winters can be difficult at times with average snowfall at the site approximately three feet in depth with average daily temperatures between ten and fifteen degrees. Summers are just the opposite, hot and usually dry in July and August. These living conditions may be the most difficult challenges that you will face.
  • REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS PROGRAM:
    • Involved/enrolled in a College or University program in environmental studies, animal biology, veterinary medicine, education/interpretation, or a related field or have recently graduated.
    • Experience or education in captive animal care (wild or domestic) is mandatory.
    • Experience in camping, hiking, backpacking, or wilderness survival skills is heavily recommended.
    • Experience or education is recommended in providing interpretive programs, such as speaking to small or large groups of people.
    • Must be of good physical condition and able to lift sixty pounds on occasion.
    • Candidates need to be proactive, energized, hardworking, self-motivated, mature, creative, flexible, responsible, and possess a positive attitude.
    • Must have a current driver’s license and be insurable.
    • Experience is recommended in operating or using any of the following items: ATV, Chainsaw, Various hand tools, Ax/hatchet, Various power tools, Operating manual shift four-wheel drive pickups
  • TYPICAL DUTIES INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO):
    • Interns are involved in all aspects of captive wolf care and socialization, enclosure maintenance, and facility security. Interns achieve a Level 1 Wolf Handler status and participate closely with the captive wolves and WERC biologists.
    • Interns staff our Visitor Center, which includes casual discussions on wolves with visitors, as well as answering their questions. Interns also facilitate self-guided tours for our guests, and perform some retail sales of merchandise.
    • Interns provide interpretive presentations on wolf biology, ecology, behavior, reintroduction, and management to various size groups of all ages. Most audiences are approximately ten people, but can range from one to one-hundred. Ages range from six-months to ninety-nine years old, but most groups are families or youth organizations/schools.
    • Interns perform trail maintenance duties, such as clearing and chipping walking trails. They also assist with interpretive design upkeep and development.
    • Interns also participate in general facility projects, such as fence repair, or hauling and splitting of firewood.
    • Interns will gather and process captive wolf food, which includes the handling/lifting/cutting of road killed ungulates, deceased livestock, or other food sources.
    • Interns may assist with wildfire prevention and/or suppression, as needed.
  • WHAT WERC PROVIDES:
    • Unique opportunity learning about wolves through observations/handling of captive wolves, plus work side by side with experienced biologists.
    • Housing (described above).
    • Cooking facilities, including a furnished, communal kitchen. Food is not provided.
    • Stipend of $100.00 per week.
    • Minimum of one day off during a week.
    • Shower and laundry facilities at our Winchester office (2 miles from Camp).
    • WiFi access at our Winchester office (none in Camp).
    • Limited use of WERC vehicles.
    • WERC Staff shirts for use during Visitor Center work or presentations.
    • Opportunity for potential college credit or required internship completion, in addition to related career work experience.
  • READY TO JOIN THE TEAM?
    Please think this through carefully before applying, and consider the type of living conditions, the isolation of camp, the type of work that must be performed and the sacrifices that you must personally make to fulfill your commitment. The rewards and growth that we offer through this program will be a once in a lifetime experience that will remain with you forever.

    If you are seriously interested and feel you can make this type of commitment, please click on the application button below to apply. You will be asked to upload a resume, letter of introduction, and three reference contacts (no letters required).

    Only fully-completed application packets will be accepted.
  • HOW TO APPLY:
    A complete Intern Experience application includes:
    Submit all material through our online application. If the online application will not work on your computer/device, or you have difficulty uploading documents, then please print and mail the application and/or the documents that will not upload. 
    Mail them to:
    WERC Intern Experience
    PO Box 217
    Winchester, ID 83555
     
    Check out the Intern Job Description link for further details.
    Application Deadline:
    All materials must be received by the deadlines listed below for each season. Applications will not be accepted past this date for the season in which you are applying. You may apply for multiple seasons with one application. Be sure to list your desired season(s) on the application.

    Application Deadline
    Spring 2017 | Deadline: January 23, 2017
    Summer 2017 | Deadline: February 6, 2017
    Fall 2017 | Deadline: July 3, 2017

    If you have questions about our internship or the application process, please email Jeremy at jeremy.heft@wolfcenter.org

How Your Donation Helps! $15,200

Intern Experience

$8,000 - INTERN EXPERIENCE A hallmark of WERC's 20 years caring for wolves is the ability to teach countless interns who come from under and post graduate programs around the world. Each intern spends a summer (and sometimes longer) in the wilderness under the care and instruction of our biologist Jeremy Heft. And since Jeremy began as an intern, we know this program works to create deep conviction and understanding in tomorrow's veterinary, biology, and ecology leaders. Program costs includes modest stipends paid to interns weekly to cover their food and incidental costs and insurance necessary for related liabilities. Each intern has access to some civilization though the majority of their time is in Camp and helping run WERC's day to day operations and greeting visitors.

Volunteer Experience

$7200 - VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE.  A growing outreach at Wolf Camp, the Volunteer Experience offers terrific projects not only at Camp but in the surrounding community of Winchester, Idaho. From laying bark dust along trails at Wolf Camp to mending fences with our neighbors, WERC is a member of the Winchester area community and works to attract volunteers who share that interest. The cost of promotion, division of labor, and investment in outreaches averages $7,200 annually and is a wonderful way to introduce our region to our heart for wolves.
I want to thank you backā€¦ Keep up all your wonderful work.. These beautiful wolves are one of the most incredible animals on this planet.
Patricia Hawkins-Weibel