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Gary Robson, Executive Director

Gary has served as a Sanctuary board member and/or volunteer for over a decade. He became a full-time employee in the education department in early 2018, and was promoted to Executive Director in November of that year. He has extensive business and nonprofit experience, has written 20 nature/science books for kids, has taught at three colleges, and has emceed many Sanctuary events.

Animal Care and Education

Anna Gamez, Animal Care Manager

Anna has a BS in Animal Science and has worked as an animal keeper since 2012, caring for native North American wildlife. She has extensive experience with black bears and other Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem species. She has studied veterinary care and worked in the education side of animal care through tours, keeper talks, and other public education programs.

Katherine Blackford, Animal Keeper

Katherine has a BS in Environmental Science. Before coming to YWS, she spent four years as a Keeper at ZooMontana in Billings, where she cared for and trained predominantly North American mammals and a variety of birds of prey. She also did field work for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Courtney Long, Education SPecialist

Courtney has a BS in Biology/Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography. Prior to joining us at the Sanctuary, she worked in education and interpretation at the Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site and volunteered at the Mhlopeni Nature Reserve in South Africa.


Jayson Bagwell, Facilities Lead

Jayson came to the Sanctuary in 2017 with both construction and maintenance experience, a commercial driver’s license, and experience working with developmentally disabled adults. He has helped extensively with animal care and has taken dozens of related online courses.

Mike Muñoz, Facilities Assistant

Mike’s diverse background includes carpentry, maintenance, and warehouse work. He also worked with trapping and relocating nuisance animals like raccoons and skunks.


Kiersten Brimmer, Administrative Assistant

Kiersten brings the Sanctuary bookkeeping, office management, and retail skills. Her prior experience driving snowplows comes in handy during winter storms. She is also a certified dog trainer.

Samantha Long, Grant Writer

Samantha has a BA in Anthropology/Sociology, has worked for 501(c)(3) nonprofits and government organizations her whole career, and has done grant writing, administration, and reporting. She has also worked as a park ranger.

Trish LaCombe, Gift Shop Associate

Trish has extensive experience in retail and hotel management. In addition to working in the gift shop, she also helps us with a wide variety of administrative tasks around the Sanctuary.

Mia Graven, Gift Shop Associate

Mia helps us out part time in the gift shop in the summers. She brings a background in retail operations and food service.



See our “Open Jobs” page for currently open positions.


We're always looking for volunteers to help out at the sanctuary. Must be 18 or older. Fill out the form below and email it to or print it out and bring it with you to the sanctuary!


We have filled our summer internship position. Please check back next summer or if you want to volunteer, fill out the volunteer form!  We can always use an extra set of hands!