Jerry grew up in Portland, OR, graduating from Portland Union Academy, Walla Walla College, and Oregon State University. He taught college for 10 years at Loma Linda University and Andrews University in the areas of Biology and Ecology. He taught part time for 15 years at Chapman College in the above subjects and Environmental Health. While teaching part-time he worked for Monterey County Water Resources Agency in California.
He moved to Flagstaff with his wife, Juana, over a decade ago and has worked part-time for the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Laboratory in the area of Entomology. His hobbies include model railroading, Southwest history, and archeoastronomy. He was a presenter at the 7th Oxford International Archeoastronomy Conference in 2004, the America Rock Art Research Association Annual Conference in 2006, and the Join Arizona/New Mexico History Convention in 2007.
Snow has been a docent with the Museum of Northern Arizona since 1994, specializing in Navajo history and culture, Hopi history and culture, and in archaeology. He has curated and assisted with several exhibits at the Museum, including Dwellers of the Four Worlds (Hopi and Zuni katsina dolls), Tolchaco (Navajo, Hopi, and Anglo life in the Arizona Territory), and Stories on Stone (Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau). He has been a tour guide to the Hopi Reservation for MNA. He has also been a tour guide to abandoned trading posts on the Navajo Reservation for MNA, for the Pecos Conference, Navajo Studies Conference, and Arizona Site Steward Conference. He lectures in the Southwest on the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII. He is also an instructor and guide to the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon, Zuni Indian Pueblo, Mesa Verde and Canyon de Chelly for the Northern Arizona University Elderhostel Program.