Red Wolf Recovery Program
Southeast Region

Red Wolf Internships

The Red Wolf Recovery Program coordinates red wolf reintroduction, maintains a captive breeding colony, and participates in red wolf education and outreach activities. It currently utilizes volunteer interns in one position, the Red Wolf Intern, for a three-four month period.

Because internships are volunteer positions, the supervisor of record for each intern is the Refuge Volunteer Coordinator, Tracey Rock.  For Biological internships, including the Red Wolf internships, Tracy coordinates with the Wildlife Biologists to whom the intern is assigned to create a weekly schedule.  Most (80%) of work assignments are under the direction of the Red Wolf Biologists*.  Duties include (but are not limited to) feeding of captive wolves, maintenance of pens, assisting Wildlife Biologists with animal capture, processing, and transport (as needed), ground telemetry work (as needed),  We try to schedule one day of work each week assisting the refuge in other areas.  This both provides the intern with a broader work experience and provides essential support for other refuge programs.

Check out the other internship opportunities listed at the Alligator River website for Alligator River, Pea Island, Mackay Island, and Currituck National Wildlife Refuges! Below is a brief description of the Red Wolf Intern position. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Red Wolf Caretaker Position (currently recruiting for spring and summer, 2015)
Captive red wolf at Alligator River National Wildlife RefugeRed wolf pen in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

When: Volunteer positions are on-going and usually last 3-4 months each.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, located in northeastern North Carolina in the County of Dare, near the communities of Manteo and Manns Harbor.

The Red Wolf intern is responsible for the maintenance and health of the captive colony of red wolves. Primary responsibilities include feeding and watering, health observations, administering medications, pen and facility inspections, and maintenance and repairs. Other responsibilities and opportunities may exist according to the season and program needs. Work can be moderate to extremely strenuous and hours are often long and irregular. Caretaker also provides standby assistance on week-ends. Following complete training, the caretaker is expected to complete regular duties with a minimum of supervision. Work conditions vary from extremely hot and humid summers to near freezing, wet winters. Biting insects are abundant 4-6 months of the year. One* (or more, when red wolf work is light) day per week general refuge work may be assigned, including staffing the Visitor Center, conducting interpretive programs, mowing, emptying trash cans, recycling, or distributing brochures. Attitude and willingness to help in whatever way is needed by the refuge are major selection criteria.

*Note: Summer is the slowest part of the red wolf field season.  As a result, the Red Wolf Caretaker is often involved in non-wolf related activities during the quiet periods.  These activities may include assisting in other biological programs (e.g., sea turtles, seabirds), educational programs, or duties listed above.

Housing and a $100 per week food stipend will be provided.

Living conditions:
The red wolf caretaker lives in the refuge intern bunkhouse (separate bathrooms and bunkrooms), located on Alligator River NWR near the community of East Lake in Dare County. Interns may share bunkroom with up to three other interns (same sex). Common living/kitchen area has gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, pots/pans/dishes/utensils, etc. The bunkhouse has central air and heat and a TV/VCR (no TV reception or wireless internet). No pets are allowed.

Vehicle: A 4-wheel drive vehicle is provided for performing all work-related duties. A personal vehicle and currently active driver’s license are required. Government vehicles are not available for use during non-work related activities.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume, and three references (names and contact info - reference letters are not necessary) to:

Red Wolf Internships
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Alligator River NWR
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, NC 27954

Or send as attachments or in the body of an email to:
Tracey Rock.


Last Updated: 6/29/16