Summer Volunteers

We operate with a 4-month summer season and prefer volunteers who can stay the whole season. If you're in school, we can work around your school schedule. Summer is our busiest time of year, and our summer staff is typically 15-18 strong. Summer volunteers have a strong emphasis on education, working with groups of students on service projects and educating over 10,000 people throughout the season. Our summer staff is typically younger (average age 21), vibrant, and full of excitement for the amazing work we do.

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

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
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 three month commitment. If you are in school, we can work around you school schedule. We give priority to those who can stay for our entire 4-month summer season, May 15 through September 15. 

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 animals, machines, and people. Successful volunteers have usually 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: Space for your tent in our staff campsite. (We provide tents for international volunteers.) 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.

Apply For A Summer Volunteer Position

Application deadline: February 15th (Early applications are appreciated, since we interview qualified candidates.)

Notification date: March 15th (For international applicants, possibly 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 position