Position Overview: Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, located in southern Oregon, is seeking a Primary Mammal Keeper who embodies the mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife, as well as providing environmental education for the general public. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide amazing care to our collection animals and create an environment that will instill the same passion within our community. Wildlife Images offers full benefits and is a member of the Zoological Association of America!
Role and Responsibilities:
Reports directly to the Animal Services Manager to perform daily duties in the park.
Follow proper safety and sanitary protocols
Ensure standards are maintained in accordance to those established by Wildlife Images, the Zoological Association of America (ZAA), and associated governing agencies
Coordinate with other staff members to perform daily duties and special projects
Ambassador Animal Care Responsibilities:
Perform daily husbandry duties for resident animal species including but not limited to: bears, wolves, cougars, bobcats, badgers, patagonian cavies, chinchillas, coatimundi and domestic farm animals.
Observe animal behavior to be able to interpret and distinguish signs of unusual behavior which may indicate illness/injury.
Updates and maintains animal health, behavior, and training records.
Assists in ambassador health checks as needed.
Prepare and feed out appropriate diets to ambassador animals.
Utilizes operant conditioning techniques to maintain and train both husbandry and education-focused behaviors in a variety of species.
Performs routine deep cleans of enclosures and holding areas.
Perform routine maintenance, upkeep, and small-scale repairs on animal enclosures.
Maintain tools and equipment used in daily animal care and exhibit maintenance.
Supports Food Production staff - maintain rodent colonies and food supplies for the facility.
Conducts behind the scenes tours, public and private encounters, and trailside keeper talks
Handles and presents educational ambassadors at events.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Responsibilities:
Limited cross-training in wildlife rehabilitation at the park
Care for juvenile wild animals including overnight neonate care
If rabies vaccinated, assist rehabilitation staff with rabies-vector species
Upholds Wildlife Images “Code of Conduct” in relation to interactions with volunteers, interns, staff, and guests
Train new volunteers and interns
Train volunteers and interns on safe and appropriate handling of animal ambassadors
Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field preferred.
Preference given to individuals with large carnivore experience.
A valid driver's license.
Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include weekends and holidays.
Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds)
Computer skills in data entry- Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel, and RaptorMed
Must have good written and oral communication skills.