Animal Care Specialist – Montana

Agency
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Location
Red Lodge, MT
Job Category
Part Time Vacancies
Salary
9.00
Last Date to Apply
09/15/2017
Website
http://www.yellowstonewildlifesanctuary.org/
Description
Summary of Position Animal Care Specialist (ACS) implements animal care protocols for individual animals living at YWS as delegated by the Lead Animal Care & Enrichment Coordinators (LACEC). ACS is responsible for caring for and observing/monitoring each resident daily as designated by the LACEC. ACS is responsible for recording notes and observations about each animal cared for daily. Essential duties and Responsibilities • Implementing daily animal care procedures as delegated by the LACEC. This will include but is not limited to food preparation, food delivery, habitat cleaning/maintenance, general facility cleaning/maintenance, and enrichment/training. • Record notes and observations about each animal every day. At a minimum, notes will include what the animal has eaten, information about training and enrichment sessions, medical issues, and/or other observations. • Suggest animal care and habitat improvements to LACEC as appropriate. • Follow all safety protocols as directed by LACEC and Operations Coordinator (OC). • Notify LACEC if supplies run low. • Assist Education Director as necessary so the residents are managed properly during educational programming as directed by LACEC. • Assist in any animal related emergencies as requested by LACEC. Maintain knowledge of all emergency procedures. • Assist with fundraising events as necessary. • Work with volunteers and interns as directed by the LACEC. • Other duties include hauling water/supplies, snow removal, grounds maintenance, organizing storage facilities, and interacting with visitors. Position Qualifications • Required: At least six months experience caring for wild animals in captivity • Required: Outstanding written and oral communication skills • Required: Strong organizational skills, reliable, and must have the ability to work independently as well as a team • Required: Ability to pay close attention to detail and react accordingly to sudden changes or situations • Required: No criminal record (verified by criminal background check) • Required: A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record. • Preferred: Drive a standard transmission. • Preferred: Associate’s degree or higher • Preferred: Formal training in biology, wildlife management, animal husbandry, zoology, or related field • Preferred: Experience working in a non-profit setting Other Mandatory Considerations • Respectful of, not allergic to, or afraid of wild animals • Must be able to work outdoors for extended periods of time in all weather conditions. • Must be able to regularly lift at least 50 pounds. • Must be able to assist with the transportation of animals as necessary. • Must be willing to work with potentially dangerous animals in a calm, respectful, and responsible manner. • Must be willing to respond professionally to stressful and/or emergency situations. • Must easily and for prolonged periods of time, be able to stand, walk, bend, reach, and stoop. • Must have good vision (close and long range, peripheral and depth perception). • Must be willing to learn to drive some equipment and machinery such as a 4-wheel drive vehicle and a bobcat (skid steer). • Ability to safely and effectively use power tools and hand tools. • Background or willingness to learn carpentry/construction skills Please email a resume with references and a cover letter to Kara@yellowstonewildlife.org or Nigel@yellowstonewildlife.org
Qualifications
Summary of Position Animal Care Specialist (ACS) implements animal care protocols for individual animals living at YWS as delegated by the Lead Animal Care & Enrichment Coordinators (LACEC). ACS is responsible for caring for and observing/monitoring each resident daily as designated by the LACEC. ACS is responsible for recording notes and observations about each animal cared for daily. Essential duties and Responsibilities • Implementing daily animal care procedures as delegated by the LACEC. This will include but is not limited to food preparation, food delivery, habitat cleaning/maintenance, general facility cleaning/maintenance, and enrichment/training. • Record notes and observations about each animal every day. At a minimum, notes will include what the animal has eaten, information about training and enrichment sessions, medical issues, and/or other observations. • Suggest animal care and habitat improvements to LACEC as appropriate. • Follow all safety protocols as directed by LACEC and Operations Coordinator (OC). • Notify LACEC if supplies run low. • Assist Education Director as necessary so the residents are managed properly during educational programming as directed by LACEC. • Assist in any animal related emergencies as requested by LACEC. Maintain knowledge of all emergency procedures. • Assist with fundraising events as necessary. • Work with volunteers and interns as directed by the LACEC. • Other duties include hauling water/supplies, snow removal, grounds maintenance, organizing storage facilities, and interacting with visitors. Position Qualifications • Required: At least six months experience caring for wild animals in captivity • Required: Outstanding written and oral communication skills • Required: Strong organizational skills, reliable, and must have the ability to work independently as well as a team • Required: Ability to pay close attention to detail and react accordingly to sudden changes or situations • Required: No criminal record (verified by criminal background check) • Required: A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record. • Preferred: Drive a standard transmission. • Preferred: Associate’s degree or higher • Preferred: Formal training in biology, wildlife management, animal husbandry, zoology, or related field • Preferred: Experience working in a non-profit setting Other Mandatory Considerations • Respectful of, not allergic to, or afraid of wild animals • Must be able to work outdoors for extended periods of time in all weather conditions. • Must be able to regularly lift at least 50 pounds. • Must be able to assist with the transportation of animals as necessary. • Must be willing to work with potentially dangerous animals in a calm, respectful, and responsible manner. • Must be willing to respond professionally to stressful and/or emergency situations. • Must easily and for prolonged periods of time, be able to stand, walk, bend, reach, and stoop. • Must have good vision (close and long range, peripheral and depth perception). • Must be willing to learn to drive some equipment and machinery such as a 4-wheel drive vehicle and a bobcat (skid steer). • Ability to safely and effectively use power tools and hand tools. • Background or willingness to learn carpentry/construction skills Please email a resume with references and a cover letter to Kara@yellowstonewildlife.org or Nigel@yellowstonewildlife.org
Contact Person
Kara Chester
Contact Phone
2817257181
Contact eMail
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