California Wolf Center Internship Program

"When I decided to get involved with wolves, I looked at several different organizations, but none offered the comprehensive experience provided by the California Wolf Center internship program. During my time as an intern, I was exposed to everything from food preparation to habitat maintenance, all the while exploring how to best educate the public about this iconic species. Becoming involved as an intern at the California Wolf Center wasn't just fulfilling a passion for wildlife, but realizing my potential as an ambassador for conservation."

The California Wolf Center's Internship Program offers students and professionals a one-of-a-kind educational experience by providing the opportunity to work with a non-profit wildlife organization. Interns can participate in all aspects of our daily operation, including outreach education, animal care, research, fundraising, non-profit administration, and facility maintenance. Specific experiences can be structured to meet the academic and professional goals of the intern. It may be possible for interns to propose, design, conduct and present the results of research projects at the Center.

Bonnie McDonald

Photo Credit: Bonnie McDonald

Internships normally require a time commitment of 24 hours per week for 16 weeks, but other arrangements may be possible depending on the individual needs and goals of the intern. Interns must be available on either Saturdays or Sundays. A plan for completing the remaining hours will be arranged with our staff. Most work takes place at the facility in Julian, CA. The internship is unpaid, and all interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

While gas can be expensive, carpooling can be an option with other interns/ employees/ volunteers. There are many ride share parking lots in San Diego to facilitate carpooling.

To apply for the internship program, please submit a one page resume and one page cover letter to the Director of Operations. Applications are accepted year-round, so please specify ideal start and end dates in the cover letter. Please note that we recommend submitting your application 60 days before your ideal start date. Submissions may be or faxed to 760-888-0333. For more information, please call 760-765-0030 or .

California Wolf Center

Photo Credit: California Wolf Center

Interns must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. Interns must be able to work in extreme conditions including rain, snow and extreme temperatures. A valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and safe driving habits are required. Interns must have use of a reliable vehicle. Public speaking experience is strongly desired. Interns who fail to meet program requirements are subject to disciplinary action and/ or early dismissal from the program.

Thank you to our Winter 2015 Internship Graduates!

  • John Murtaugh, Christine Conte and Eric Barber
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