Summer Leadership

In preparation for our busy summer, we invite 3-5 strong candidates to join our staff in the spring and spend a few months learning the ropes here. When summer arrives, these volunteers will assist the core staff in creating a successful summer for our staff and visitors. We're looking for at least one volunteer with extensive garden or farm experience to take charge of our greenhouses, gardens, and permaculture efforts for the growing season.

Spending the summer at Mission: Wolf is an adventure. You get out of it as much as you put in. In a few months, you can leave lasting impacts on this place. We seek applicants who are dedicated, hardworking, and good with people.

Job Description

If you've read our summer volunteer page, it will seem similar to this one. As a summer leader, we ask you to come in 2-3 months before summer begins in order to be ahead of the curve when summer hits. You will be a part of the community just like the rest of our summer volunteers. Our 3-5 core staff members will provide oversight for our operations and you will assist them in transitioning from the quiet spring season into a busy summer season with lots of young, new staff members (lots of college students).

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 3-5 core staff who oversee operations in each area. You will be an assistant to 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 all 5 areas. Some examples of tasks include:

Animal Care: Communicating with ranchers about meat donations and sick animals, picking up animals to feed the wolves, monitoring animal health
Education: Giving educational tours, working on projects with groups of kids, maintaining our visitor center
Facilities and Vehicles Maintenance: Keeping vehicle fluids and tires filled, fixing broken things
Non-Profit Management: Answering phones, sending mailings, maintaining our database of supporters, managing finances
Sustainability: Maintaining and turning compost, planting and watering our gardens and greenhouses, harvesting vegetables to feed the staff, weeding our property, planting and watering trees and native plants, processing vegetable oil for our vehicles that burn it

Working at Mission: Wolf is a full-time commitment. We are open for tours every day, lead work projects for visiting camps every day, and feed the wolves every day. We expect you to balance work with personal time on your own schedule. Some people like to work every day and take long vacations, while others like to take a few days off each week. Time off is not a problem, so long as you have all your responsibilities covered while you're gone. If you are planning any vacations longer than one week, please let us know when you apply.

Our Requirements

We require a minimum five month commitment. We give priority to those who can stay for six months or more, arriving in March and departing in September or October. Yearlong commitments or longer can work too, helping to train your replacement in the following spring.

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 of our five areas of work: animal care, education, facilities and vehicle maintenence, non-profit management, or sustainability.

We set no minimum age, we 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. Our summer volunteers average 21 years of age, our summer leaders average 23 years of age, and our core staff average 26 years of age. Over the past 5 years, our staff have ranged from 17 to 63 years of age.
We have no education requirements, but most of our staff have a college education or are in college. We are acknowledged as a leading source of information on wolves, wildlife-human interaction, and practical sustainability. We need staff members who understand the science behind all of that and can 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, have experience working with people, and be comfortable living and working with others.


Housing: We have heated living spaces for our spring staff. This is either a tipi with woodstove or an unheated space to store personal items and a bed in a heated bunkhouse. Access to our community kitchen building and staff bathroom (towels provided). Access to our washing machine.

Food: Participation in our community kitchen. Mission: Wolf provides the food. You prepare breakfast and lunch on your own and participate in cooking daily community dinners.

Transportation: Transportation to and from a local airport, bus, or train station (Colorado Springs and Pueblo are the closest). Parking space for a car if you choose to drive.

Technology: High speed wireless internet, access to community laptops, access to a landline with free long distance and international calling to many countries.

Bonus Stuff:
• Staff camping trips funded by Mission: Wolf several times each summer.
• Access to our collection of outdoor equipment.
• Potential participation in wildlife chemical immobilization course

Apply For A Summer Volunteer Leader Position

Application deadline: January 1 (Early applications are appreciated, since we interview qualified candidates.)

Notification date: January 15 (For international applicants, January 1 or earlier to allow visa appliaction time)

Summer positions are competitive. If you have any questions about summer staff positions, responsibilities, skills, or your suitability, please call our staff coordinator at 719-859-2157 or email here.

Apply online for a summer volunteer leader position