The Wildlife Rehabilitator Assistant works to assist, perform, and supervise all aspects of the rehabilitation process. Working in tandem with our wildlife rehabilitation managers, this position may also assist with domestic animal care during the winter months when wildlife admission numbers are lower.
Reports to: Senior Wildlife Manager
Job Type: Full-time, hourly, non-exempt
Duties and Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to)
Performs initial intake exam for all wildlife species coming into Anderson Humane, devises a treatment and care plan, triages and perform euthanasia in accourdance to Anderson’s wildlife euthanasia protocol.
Obtains and maintains a Certified Euthansia Technician license for the duration of employment
Obtains and maintains a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitation license granted from IWRC
Carries out and monitors all aspects of daily animal caretaking duties, including medical treatment directives with attentiveness and empathy
Rotates working at both of our South Elgin intake facilities, as well as our prerelease site in Elburn
follows daily cleaning protocols and ensures a clean and sanitary work environment
Monitors the effectiveness and timeliness of the medical care and rehabilitation process; actively contributes ideas to improve efficiency and effectiveness to the Senior Wildlife Manager.
Keeps accurate wildlife records updating with pertinent information in a timely manner; organizes and stores files to be readily available to wildlife center staff at all times.
Sustains a positive, respectful rapport with wildlife release locations; schedules and performs wildlife release dates when additional staff is unavailable.
When schedule and time allows, assist Wildlife Exclusion Manger with manuel labor and animal rescues
Partners with Anderson program managers to promote the wildlife volunteer and internship program within the community and on social media; share ideas to develop creative recruitment methods.
Shows appreciation and regularly communicates the value and impact of their contributions to the volunteers and interns.
Treat all animals humanely with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance. Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals to the public, staff, and volunteers.
Attends monthly All Staff Meetings and weekly Manager Meetings.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualified Candidate Requirements
BA/BS preferred, Associates’ degree required. At least 1 year of experience in wildlife rehabilitation.
Must have or obtain a valid Wildlife Rehabilitator license from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Enthusiastic support of Anderson’s mission and future plans; desire to advance the organization.
Effective time management skills; can multi-task and redirect efforts when priorities change.
Communicates clearly verbally and in written form; superior interpersonal communication skills exuding warmth and inclusion.
Models professional behavior; remains calm and pleasant to diffuse stressful or high-emotion situations; asks appropriate questions in an effort to gather pertinent information.
Works cooperatively on cross-functional organizational programs, projects and fundraising.
Is emotionally mature, attentive, reliable, honest, and encompasses integrity with decisiveness.
Can work a flexible schedule of non-standard hours to grow the program and benefit the organization. Weekend, evening, and holiday shifts may be required for occasional organizational events, activities and meetings.
Relates to and appreciates differences in people while thriving in a collaborative work environment.
Compassion and affection for animals of all kinds, concern for their welfare and understanding of wildlife behavior and common medical issues.
Weekend availability a MUST
Willingness and ability to work with domestic and wildlife animals of all temperaments and species, and to accommodate animals in the workplace. Exposure to high noise levels; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches.
Ability to stand, crouch, bend at the waist, kneel, squat, walk, and talk for up to ten hours a day; lift at least fifty pounds with assistance from floor to table height and vice-versa; engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms and hands, and to hear and see at levels where the movement of animals and objects is not physically limited; drive a vehicle and operate office equipment; input data, read computer screens and printed material; communicate effectively in-person, on a phone, while video conferencing and in e-mail.
All volunteers and staff of Anderson Animal Shelter must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and mental health of our animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.
Minimum 1 year wildlife rehabilitation experience, associates degree minimum in related field