Wildlife Care Center Assistant: Oregon

Portland Audubon
Portland, OR, USA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
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Portland Audubon has been a leading voice in conservation for over a century. Through conservation advocacy, environmental education, and wildlife rehabilitation, we promote the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. We are located in a 172-acre wildlife sanctuary next to Forest Park, just minutes from downtown Portland. The Portland Audubon Wildlife Care Center is Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility, treating 4,000+ animals and responding to approximately 10,000 wildlife related inquiries annually. The Wildlife Care Center is supported by permanent and seasonal staff, interns, and about 200 volunteers. The Wildlife Care Center Seasonal Assistant is responsible for assisting the Wildlife Care Center Manager and staff with all aspects of daily operations, including treatment and care of injured and recovering wildlife, supervision and training of volunteers, public outreach, record keeping and facility maintenance. Applicants should possess excellent team building skills. The Care Center Assistant must be able to juggle a multitude of tasks with professionalism, flexibility, and a sense of humor. This roll will work with volunteers, stakeholders, membership groups, resource agencies, and the general public in office and field settings. A passion for wildlife conservation and engaging diverse groups of people are essential elements of this job. Essential Duties & Responsibilities • Assists with the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, including cleaning, diet preparation, habitat set-up and maintenance, enrichment, baby bird feeding, and medical care. • Provides consultation in person and over the phone on urban wildlife issues • Assists in the training & supervision of the Wildlife Care Center’s volunteers and interns • Maintains cleanliness & organization of the facility • Participates in occasional off-site wildlife pick-up, rescue, and releases • Coordinates after-hours patient care & completes closing duties nightly • Other duties as assigned
Preferred Skills & Experience • At least 1 year of experience working for or volunteering in a wildlife rehabilitation facility, or comparable experience in other wildlife-related work or study • Basic wildlife rehabilitation skills including animal handling, feeding, examination, injections, basic wound management, and medication dosing • Experience working with and/or supervising volunteer efforts, preferably in an animal care setting • Knowledge of natural history, particularly of the fauna of the Pacific Northwest • Excellent communication skills, on the phone and in person • Computer literacy & ability to learn our medical database system and volunteer software • Experience and enthusiasm for working with diverse communities • Able to work calmly and efficiently in busy, high-intensity situations • Strong organizational and time management skills Working Conditions The ability to perform tasks in conditions as described below is essential to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the necessary functions of the role. • Occasional flexibility of schedule • Work is performed both inside and outside in all weather • Work requires standing and walking for long periods of times, carrying & lifting up to 25 lbs, crouching, kneeling, bending, and pulling. • Work involves significant fine motor control and repetitive hand motions
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Stephanie Herman
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