VOLUNTEER and INTERNSHIP INFORMATION
COMMITTED VOLUNTEER · You will be required to be on a schedule for no less than 3 months and two days a week. You will have advanced training and will have special allotments for wolf interaction.
NON-COMMITTED VOLUNTEER · You are not expected to be on a committed schedule, however you will be limited on different tasks and perks such as wolf interaction.
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OUR STAFF and VOLUNTEERS
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This is an inspiring place where I am honored and blessed to lend my skills. Be it the animals, staff, or our guests - everything and everyone here has a story and a purpose which contributes to making a difference far beyond the geographic boundaries of the Center. What begins here and happens here truly is magic.
It is both an honor and a privilege to have been a part of CWWC since June 2002. To be a part of an organization that strives to make a difference for our wolves and wildlife is not only rewarding but inspiring. There are no words to describe the feeling of being in the presence of such majestic animals.
I started working for CWWC in 2015. I absolutely love working with these beautiful animals and dispelling the fears that surround them. I couldn’t envision myself anywhere else!
I started at CWWC in 2006 as a wolf walker with the wonderful Wakanda. He opened my eyes to the perils of wolves in the wild and we formed a long lasting friendship. I am lucky to be a part of the CWWC family.
I started at CWWC October 2010. My time with the wolves and fellow wolf lovers is just as enjoyable today as it was when I started. As a retiree I love having the freedom and time to actively be a voice for these wonderful animals.
From the time I was just a kid, I have loved animals, but wolves were always my favorite. I started volunteering at CWWC in March 2012 and enjoy every minute I spend here. Words cannot describe how these amazing animals have touched my heart and soul.
I was raised in Oklahoma and brought about ever kind of critter home the state had to offer. When I found CWWC it was just a perfect match. I hope the hard work this sanctuary is doing will educate the public and save these beautiful animals for future generations.
In October 2006 I started working with Princess. It was the beginning of a friendship that continues today. Initially she would not come up to me, but today Princess will come over for a treat, roll over for a belly rub, or sit and get a back massage. Through patients and determination, Princess has learned to enjoy others who come to visit her.
My life completely changed after a Walk on the Wildside with a beautiful wolf named Wakanda. Our magical walk together made me realize it was the perfect time to forget all fears and pursue my dream to be a voice for wolves. It is an honor to have the animals at CWWC in my life.
I first visited CWWC in 2007. Now, I feel fortunate to apply my education and experience as part of the Center’s team. I am excited to be able to treat these animals with love and respect teaching them the power of positive reinforcement. I strive to build trust, help improve their social skills, receive expert medical care and help them in all situations where they must be handled. I have found this the be the perfect place to combine my love for wolves with my skills in animal behavior.
I joined the Army in 1998. During my time I served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am a certified Combat Life Saver and used my skills while deployed both on Soldiers and Military Working Dogs. I have done extensive work with Military Working Dogs both with the EOD and Military Police. My love for animals has continued throughout my life. I retired from the Army in 2016. I joined CWWC in 2016. Here, I continue with my love of nature by being “part of the pack”.
I came to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center to be around and learn about wolves, not only from the experienced and knowledgable founder and staff members, but also from each individual wolf themselves.
I was a veterinary tech for twelve years. I worked on anything from chinchillas to horses, and everything in between. My love of aviation made me switch to human medicine because I’d like to be a flight nurse. Now I’m a registered nurse at the emergency department, but couldn’t leave my love of animals. I enjoy every moment I volunteer at CWWC.
I have always had a passion for advocating for wildlife, but wolves - being as misunderstood as they are - have captured a very special place in my heart! I graduated from Penn State with my degree in Animal Science and Wildlife Science in May and began working at the center in October of 2018. CWWC allows me to live my dream of working with wolves while educating and dispelling the myths surrounding these gentle, majestic animals.
I have always wanted to work with animals, especially the Wolf. I was very fortunate that after 25 years of military service I was able to move out to Colorado and fulfill that dream. I love working at CWWC and educating the public about these amazing and very misunderstood animals. Hopefully someday everyone will come to understand the beauty and necessity of the wolf.
Animals have always been my passion. I came to CWWC after realizing the vet world was not for me. I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge and am still learning new things every day. Each animal has it's own personality and I look forward to continuing to get to know them all.
My husband brought me to CWWC on a date. It was amazing to see such majestic creatures up close and personal. I had just retired my dog after working as a K9 handler for 7 years doing Search and Rescue and was looking for my next adventure. Working with CWWC has not only taught me so much about conservation and the plight of wolves in our country, but given me an opportunity to share that message with so many people.
Having been in education for over 30 years it is my joy and privilege to be able to educate people about our amazing wolves. Giving a voice to the voiceless is the best way that we can ensure that our wolves will be around for future generations to enjoy as well as secure their vital place in our ecosystem for our future world!
Joined the Center in February of 2018, and fell in love with the pack the very first day. Developing relationships with each of the animals takes a lot of patience and determination, but once you earn their trust, there is nothing more rewarding.
I’ve always loved animals and after my internship in Australia caring for wombats, kangaroos and devils, I knew this is the field I needed to be in. I heard great things about CWWC, and as soon as I saw the wolves here, I knew I had to be a part of this organization. I love being able to educate people and share my passion with wolves!
Before CWWC I was very intimidated by wolves, but only because I was uneducated. After my first visit here that fear melted away and I knew that working to protect wildlife is my true calling. I'm so excited to teach others about how amazing wolves are, and that they aren't the big scary creatures we envisioned as children.
PRESIDENT/CEO · DARLENE
I was born in February 1962 in Torrance, CA. As a young girl my favorite things were animals and the beach. I have always had a pet of some type from hamsters to horses and never felt lonely with them around. I made a promise one day when I was 9 years old to a dog that was being abused by some kids on a playground who I saved, that I would create a rescue someday to be a voice. I followed my promise, but it has been one long and difficult journey, however it has been all worthwhile.
Throughout my life I have tried to be a voice for the ones who are abused, abandoned, hungry or injured through either rescuing them myself, signing and creating petitions to donating money or materials that is needed. Once a year I am happy to have a vacation, however I feel happiest when I can give back to the environment and help animals in need. I usually choose a third world country and bring veterinarian supplies to spay and neuter clinics. I am so lucky to have a wonderful man in my life who is passionate about the same issues and we work together as a team helping when we can. We also set aside a day on vacation to clean the beach of litter to give back to the earth.
This is what I love to do and if the opportunity ever comes where I can have another dream come true, I would create free animal clinics in poor countries and help curb the abuse through education and promote conservation for native wildlife.My life has taken some interesting twists and I have taken the good with the bad to create not only myself but my Center.
I graduated from high school, worked in steel and plastic factories and then went to tech-school as a EMT and combined it with aircraft mechanics and flight lessons. I unfortunately did not make it past that point due to financial reasons at that struggling age, but it was an accomplishment. I have worked as a lab technician, waitress, land surveyor, construction worker and so many in-between. I feel that with all of these jobs combined together, they have given me the basic experience to create what CWWC is today.I am currently writing a book about my life's adventures entitled, "Against All Odds". This book was inspired by having no direction as a kid, but having a dream in my heart. Through hard work and a true passion I have created and am living my dream. I would like others -especially kids who think that if they don't have everything given to them, that they cannot accomplish what they want. I know from experience that it can become a reality if you believe and don’t give up.
Life is truly a gift and I believe that giving back makes you worthy of living.