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.