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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. Her passion for animals spills into 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 and is working on a Graduate Certificate from the University of Montana. Prior to joining us at the Sanctuary she was the Education and Interpretation Manager at the birthplace of American forestry, the Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site. Before leaving North Carolina, Courtney became a Certified Interpretive Guide through NAI and a Certified Environmental Educator through EENC. She brings several years of experiences working with youth in outdoor settings and animal care to YWS.


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 of carpentry, maintenance, and warehouse work are valued skills at YWS. 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.



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


We're always looking for volunteers to help out at the sanctuary. You must be 18 or older. Please fill out our Volunteer Application Form. You can either scan and email it to or bring it with you to the sanctuary. We will also need a signed Volunteer Release Form.


Please check back in the spring regarding summer internship positions. We can always use an extra set of hands!