Position Type: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Date Posted: August 29, 2016
To Apply: Send the following materials to Kim Rutledge, Executive Director, at email@example.com
Email subject line: Animal Care Manager Position
- Cover letter
- Contact information for 3 professional references
Purpose of Position: Oversee the Animal Care Program at the Wildlife Rescue Center.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In accordance with organizational policies, duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Supervise and train Animal Care Staff, volunteers, and interns/externs; delegate and ensure satisfactory completion of tasks.
- Admit animals from the public and provide assistance both in person and over the phone regarding animal rescues, transport, emergency care, and human-wildlife conflicts.
- Adhere to MDC, USFWS, and USDA guidelines and regulations; complete annual reports and applications required by permitting agencies.
- Thoroughly examine, assess, and triage incoming patients.
- Communicate medical findings and protocols with veterinarians.
- Collaborate on the development of new and updates to existing animal care protocols based on current research.
- Adhere to, develop, evaluate, and revise as needed protocols to minimize risk of contraction of zoonotic disease and control of infectious disease.
- Ensure compliance with established disease control and health & safety rules.
- Administer medical treatments and carry out long-term treatment plans according to WRC Animal Care policies.
- Evaluate health and behavioral needs of patients.
- Handle/restrain a variety of species, while ensuring that animals are being handled in a manner that maximizes both human and animal safety.
- Humanely euthanize wildlife patients according to written policies and procedures.
- Maintain animal care records and data entry of these records.
- Assist in the coordination of rescue, transport, and release of animals as needed.
- Oversee daily care plans of wildlife patients, including but not limited to nutritional, caging, and medical needs.
- Ensure cages and facilities are cleaned and maintained daily, feeding schedules are adhered to, and other animal care needs are met.
- Complete, submit, and keep record of medication orders.
- May be assigned other duties by Executive Director, as needed.
Must be able to lift a minimum of forty (40) pounds and perform required physical duties as assigned, including standing for long periods of time, bending, stooping, kneeling, pushing/pulling, and working in all types of weather conditions.
Education and Qualification Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree in a biology- or animal-related field or equivalent experience
- Minimum 2 years experience working, interning, or volunteering in a wildlife rehabilitation center, veterinary office, zoological park, or related setting
- Minimum 1 year supervisory experience
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse team of staff and volunteers to complete tasks efficiently
- Ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative team to improve operations and maximize Mission impact
- Ability to foster and maintain a positive and productive work environment
- Ability to handle individual animals in a safe, caring, and respectful manner
- Ability to act decisively regarding dynamic animal cases and situations for which there may be no existing protocols
- Ability to make euthanasia decisions and perform euthanasia
- Ability to work quickly, efficiently, and calmly under stressful conditions; handle multiple tasks and a demanding workload
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- A valid driver's license with no record of major or repeated minor traffic offenses
- Ability to work cooperatively and respectfully with coworkers, volunteers, the public, and other agencies to communicate clearly about WRC's mission, and the care and treatment of animals
- Previous experience working with native wildlife in a rehabilitation setting (other domestic or exotic animal care experience is beneficial)
- Knowledge of natural history and behavior of native wildlife species
- Experience working with volunteers
- High level of professionalism
- Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office