The Wildlife Rehabilitator position is responsible for daily operation in the clinic and is focused on the care of wild animal patients in various stages of the rehabilitation process. Wildlife Rehabilitators are focused on the medical and husbandry needs of wildlife rehab patients as well as permanent resident animals.
The Wildlife Rehabilitator reports directly to the Animal Services Manager and the Clinic Supervisor oversees day-to-day operations in the clinic. This position works directly with all other WIREC staff members to perform daily operations throughout the facility in a thorough, safe and mission driven manner. All staff members uphold the Wildlife Images “Code of Conduct” in relation to interactions with other staff, volunteers, and interns. The Wildlife rehabilitators participate in the management and training of interns and volunteers in a very fast-paced environment and ensure that these individuals are properly executing their positions and responsibilities.
Role and Responsibilities:
Reports to Clinic Supervisor to complete daily duties in the clinic.
Follow proper safety and sanitary protocols.
Ensure standards are maintained in order to comply with permits, regulations, and standards established by Wildlife Images, associated governing agencies and professional wildlife rehabilitation organizations, including quality of life standards.
Organize and inventory supplies, request ordering of supplies when needed.
Coordinate with other staff members to perform daily duties and special projects.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Responsibilities:
Handle, restrain and provide care for mammals, birds, and reptiles including birds of prey and small-medium sized carnivores.
Administer initial physical exams and perform routine health checks.
Administer appropriate medications PO, SQ, IM, or IP according to protocols.
Collect and use various diagnostic resources to analyze samples including, but not limited to, drawing blood, collecting feces, skin/ear swab samples, and radiographs.
Basic pharmaceutical math used to calculate drug dosages and reconstitute medications appropriate for individual patients.
Knowledge of proper wound treatment. and wraps, splints, and bandage changes.
Maintain health records and accurate charts on all wild patients to be used in record keeping and regulatory reports.
Observe animal behavior to be able to interpret and distinguish signs of unusual behavior which may indicate illness/injury.
Euthanize sick/injured animals as appropriate.
Properly identify patient species and understand species natural history.
Care for juvenile wild animals.
Properly identify life stages of various species of mammals and birds.
Understand appropriate neonate nutrition, housing, and daily husbandry.
Interact with the public during educational opportunities, both in person and over the phone
Proper cleaning and disinfection between patients both inside the clinic and in outdoor rehabilitation enclosures.
Organize and maintain clinic supplies and resources.
Respond to patient update inquiries from the original rescuers.
Resident Animal Care Responsibilities:
Possibility to cross-train to perform daily resident care for resident mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates.
Observe animal behavior to be able to interpret signs of unusual behavior which may indicate illness/injury.
Assist with resident health care including beak coping and nail trims.
Maintain records on all aspects of resident animal care.
General facilities Responsibilities:
Perform routine maintenance, upkeep, and small-scale repairs on animal enclosures.
Maintain tools and equipment used in daily animal care and exhibit maintenance.
Assist with donor/sponsor events as directed by management.
Coordinate with educational events when needed by the Education Manager.
Computer skills in data entry, use of Google Drive and associated programs, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel, and RaptorMed/WRMD
Properly store and dispose of chemicals and medical supplies.
Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field preferred.
Preference given to individuals with vet-tech experience or those who are rabies vaccinated.
A valid driver's license.
Ability to work a flexible schedule which will 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 WRMD
Must have good written and oral communication skills.