W.O.L.F. Sanctuary | Internships
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W.O.L.F. offers internship opportunities to individuals interested in gaining experience in the field of animal care and non-profit sanctuaries. Because W.O.L.F. is a small nonprofit, all internships are unpaid and accepted interns are responsible for providing their own food and lodging. We also recommend that interns have their own source of transportation although W.O.L.F. can offer some assistance with transportation to and from the Sanctuary.

Interns are not required to be an active student in order to participate in an internship with the Sanctuary. If you are a current student and seeking internship credits, please keep in mind that W.O.L.F. does not have a formalized internship program in association with any university at this time. Therefore, it is your responsibility to make sure to that your experiences at the Sanctuary will meet all of the requirements necessary to receive credit with your college supervisor.

To apply for an internship with W.O.L.F. you need to download and submit a intern application, your cover letter and resume, 3 professional references, and your ideal internship start and end dates as well as your availability. Please email this information to W.O.L.F.’s Volunteer Coordinator, Abby Matzke, at amatzke@wolfsanctuary.net.

For the safety of the wolves, staff, and interns, W.O.L.F. maintains a high level of standards and accountability. Please review our intern requirements, policies and opportunities below prior to applying.

W.O.L.F. Intern Application

Intern Requirements

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must respect the animals in W.O.L.F.’s care
  • Must be willing to participate in all aspects of Sanctuary work
  • Must be able and willing to lift 50 lbs
  • Must be able and willing to work 8 hour days
  • Must be able and willing to work outside in varying weather conditions in challenging terrain

Internship Opportunities

Part Time Internships

Your internship must consist of two full days per week for a minimum of 6 weeks. You are welcome to work more days if you can fit it into your schedule. Internships may be extended if you request to stay on longer. Staff will pick you up at Overland Foods in Laporte at 7:30am and you will work with us until 4pm. If you do not have a vehicle to get you to Overland Foods, other arrangements can be made if you live near CSU.



 Full Time Internships

Your internship must consist of 4-5 full days per week for a minimum of 6 weeks. Internships may be extended if you request to stay on longer. Staff will pick you up at Overland Foods in Laporte at 7:30am and you will work with us until 4pm. If you do not have a vehicle to get you to Overland Foods, other arrangements can be made if you live near CSU.

Work days can include the following tasks:


Animal Care: Poop scooping, feeding, water, raw meat prep, walks, help with medical procedures (if qualified), grooming, administering morning and evening medications.


Maintenance: Enclosure repair, sanctuary maintenance, electrical work, mechanical work, use of power tools for various projects, use of chainsaws for fire mitigation.


Education: Help with educational programs, monitor and/or walk ambassadors, answer questions from the public about the sanctuary, set up and break down tabling events, sell merchandise.


Administrative Assistance: You will be assisting our Director of Development with fund raising, donor relations, and any administrative work that she may need help with.  You will be learning about the inner workings of a 501(c)3 non-profit sanctuary.


For the duration of your internship, your supervisors will be Volunteer Coordinator Abby Matzke and Animal Caretaker Michelle Proulx. Once the 6 week period is up, you have the option to ask for an extension for additional weeks if approved by your supervisors.

Intern Policies

The Work

Interning at the Sanctuary is often very labor intensive and interns will be asked to complete a wide range of activities based on the needs of any given day. It is recommended that interns come prepared to work outdoors in a mountainous environment in all manner of weather conditions.


Interns are responsible for maintaining the highest standards of conduct at all times when involved in activities associated with W.O.L.F. Interns may assist with public relations and community activities as prescribed by W.O.L.F. staff.

Animal Handling

Interns may handle wolves and wolf dogs only after they have successfully completed the prescribed training program.

Animal Health

Interns will at all times follow the prescribed rehabilitation procedures specified by W.O.L.F. staff and the program veterinarian.


No animals, supplies, equipment, etc. may be removed from the facility without permission from the directors or staff.


Interns must meet the minimum time commitment agreed upon with W.O.L.F. at the start of the internship to be considered an active intern in good standing.

Non-Smoking Facility

Interns may not smoke on W.O.L.F. property.


Interns must have current tetanus vaccinations.

Controlled Substances

The use of (or being under the influence of, prior to arriving) illegal or controlled substances (e.g.: drugs, alcohol, etc.) at the W.O.L.F. facility or in association with W.O.L.F. activities, is strictly forbidden, and will result in the immediate termination of the offending intern’s association with the W.O.L.F. program.


Termination from the program may result if a intern fails to adhere to any of the policies of the W.O.L.F. program.