Thank you for your interest in joining our Sanctuary team!

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The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment by following the spirit and letter of all equal opportunity and diversity laws. We base our hiring, firing, promotion, and pay decisions entirely on merit, qualifications, and business needs without regard to race, color, religion/belief, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, parental status, military service, or other protected status. This policy extends to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment as well as the use of all YWS facilities. We will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination including unlawful harassment.

Facilities Assistant

Summary of Position

The Facilities Assistant is responsible for general upkeep and maintenance of the buildings, grounds, and habitats of the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Basic maintenance and repair

  • Assisting with food runs, loading/unloading, and similar jobs

  • Keeping all paths clear for staff and guests (heavy snow clearing)

  • Mowing/weeding in the summer

  • Cleaning everything from toilets to animal habitats

  • Garbage and recycling

  • Other duties as needed


  • Required: Clean criminal record

  • Required: Ability to work from a checklist without supervision

  • Required: Ability to lift at least 60 pounds and work on your feet all day

  • Required: Experience with basic building/grounds maintenance

  • Preferred: Experience with construction

  • Preferred: Experience operating snowplows, snowblowers, etc.

Gift Shop Associate

Summary of Position

Gift Shop Associates are responsible for working the checkout counter in the Sanctuary gift shop and a wide variety of other retail functions. This is a seasonal job that will require significantly more hours in the summer and may or may not continue into the winter.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operate the point-of-sale and inventory management system at the checkout desk

  • Answer questions for Sanctuary visitors

  • Stock shelves

  • Keep gift shop clean, neat, and organized at all times

  • Perform opening and closing procedures each day

  • Assist with scheduling tours and checking in groups

  • Some shipping and receiving

  • Respond to emails and/or route them to the appropriate person

  • Answer the phone, transfer calls, and take messages as required

  • Other duties as needed including snow removal, minor clerical work, and assisting with events


  • Required: Excellent people skills

  • Required: Retail, front-of-house food service, or hospitality experience

  • Required: Ability to stand for long periods of time and lift up to 30 pounds as needed

  • Preferred: Experience with point-of-sale software

Animal Keeper

Summary of Position

Animal Keepers implement animal care protocols for individual animals living at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary as delegated by the Animal Care Manager. Animal keepers are responsible for observing and monitoring each resident animal on a daily basis as designated by the Animal Care Manager. Animal Keepers are responsible for recording notes and observations about each animal cared for on a daily basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implementing daily animal care procedures as delegated by the Animal Care Manager. This will include but is not limited to food preparation, food delivery, habitat cleaning/maintenance, general facility cleaning/maintenance, and enrichment/training.

  • Record notes and observations about each animal every day. At a minimum, notes will include what the animal has eaten, information about training and enrichment sessions, medical issues, and/or unusual observations.

  • Suggest animal care and habitat improvements to Animal Care Manager as appropriate.

  • Follow all safety protocols as directed by Animal Care Manager and Executive Director.

  • Assist Education Director as necessary so the residents are managed properly during educational programming.

  • Assist in any animal related emergencies as requested. Maintain knowledge of all emergency procedures.

  • Assist with fundraising events as necessary.

  • Work with volunteers and interns.

  • Other duties include but are not limited to hauling water/supplies, snow removal, grounds maintenance, organizing storage facilities, and interacting with visitors.


  • Required: At least 1 year experience caring for wild animals in captivity; bachelors degree within a wildlife related field

  • Required: Quality written and oral communication skills

  • Required: Strong organizational skills, reliable and the ability to work independently as well as in a team

  • Required: Ability to pay close attention to detail

  • Required: A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record

  • Required: Must be willing to perform job functions in varying weather