JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Community Outreach and Education Manager
Position Type: Full Time, Permanent
Reports To: Executive Director
Date Posted: April 11, 2017

To Apply: Send the following materials to Kim Rutledge, Executive Director, at krutledge@mowildlife.org
Email subject line: Community Outreach and Education Manager Position
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references or 2 professional letters of recommendation
  • Availability

Duties and Responsibilities:
In accordance with organizational policies, duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Design and implement mission centered education programs as the lead educator for the Wildlife Rescue Center including but not limited to existing youth and adult programs, site and facility orientations and tours, guided nature walks, new volunteer orientations
  • Execute seasonal public education events and assist with volunteer appreciation events and fundraising events
  • Complete writing projects including but not limited to website content, brochures, flyers, newsletters, and advertisements
  • Develop, track, and report on short and long term goals and budget for the community outreach and education program
  • Assist with recruitment of volunteers to support the Center's programs
  • Identify, recruit, and retain education and outreach volunteers
  • Manage the education and outreach calendar: scheduling programs for schools, community organizations, scout groups, families, etc. both on- and off-site
  • Respond to and manage inquiries related to programs, events, the organization, and wildlife related issues
  • Expand outreach and environmental awareness to the community by attending community events and providing educational activities
  • Cultivate partnerships with stakeholders including businesses, nonprofit and government organizations, and community groups
  • Maintain active memberships and participation with peer associations such at National Association for Interpretation and the National Association for Environmental Education
  • Assist with habitat restoration projects on Wildlife Rescue Center property to optimize educational opportunities
  • Seek out and apply for education grant opportunities and administer won grants
  • Collaborate on long-range planning for the organization

Education and Qualification Requirements:
  • Minimum BA or BS in environmental education, informal education, education, environmental studies, natural science, or related field
  • At least two years previous experience leading outdoor science education, classroom, or interpretive programs for children and/or mixed age audiences
  • Proven success with curriculum development
  • Knowledge of and/or demonstrated ability to learn about the local region and wildlife native to Missouri
  • Experience planning or managing a budget, especially in a non-profit setting
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • High degree of organizational skills
  • Strong public speaking, presentation, and program leadership ability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good problem solving and customer service skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as operate independently
  • Skills in establishing priorities and managing workload
  • Ability to multi-task and keep track of multiple projects in the midst of constant interruptions
  • Technologically literate with strong computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and other commonly used software. Experience with web based databases preferred (such as Donor Perfect, Volgistics, or WRMD)
  • Must enjoy working outside in all weather conditions

Position Standards:
  • All work will be performed in accordance with Wildlife Rescue Center policies and up to Center standards.
  • All work will be performed in a professional manner and according to documentation.
  • All work will be performed as a team player with Wildlife Rescue Center staff, volunteers, and board members.
  • Staff will dress in a manner appropriate for the position.
  • Work must be performed carefully and with attention to detail in an attempt to make it error-free.
  • Must have the ability to communicate with Center staff and volunteers as well as with board members in a positive manner.
Seasonal Animal Care Specialist
Position Type: Part-time, Seasonal
Reports To: Executive Director
Date Posted: April 11, 2017

To Apply: Send the following materials to Kim Rutledge, Executive Director, at krutledge@mowildlife.org
Email subject line: Seasonal Animal Care Specialist Position
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references or 2 professional letters of recommendation
  • Availability

Duties and Responsibilities:
In accordance with organizational policies, duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • 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.
  • Thoroughly examine, assess, and triage incoming patients.
  • Administer medical treatments and carry out long-term treatment plans according to WRC Animal Care policies.
  • Evaluate health and behavioral needs of patients and communicate needs to Animal Care Manager.
  • 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 records.
  • Assist WRC Intake & Rescue Coordinator in the coordination of transport and release of animals as needed.
  • Fulfill 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.
  • Supervise, train, and mentor new volunteers and interns/externs; delegate and ensure satisfactory completion of tasks.
  • Ensure compliance with established disease control and health & safety rules.
  • Ensure that protocols to minimize risk of contraction of zoonotic disease are being adhered to.
  • Maintain a high level of cleanliness, sanitation, disinfection, and quality control in all areas of the facility.
  • Wash and sterilize dishes and instruments used for wildlife patients.
  • Adhere to MDC, USFW, and USDA guidelines and regulations.
  • May be assigned other duties by Animal Care Manager, Senior Animal Care Specialist, or Executive Director.

Education and Qualification Requirements:
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse team; maintain a positive and productive work environment
  • Bachelor's degree in a biology- or animal-related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 months experience working, interning, or volunteering in a wildlife rehabilitation center, veterinary office, zoological park, or related setting
  • Ability to handle individual animals in a caring and respectful manner
  • Ability to make euthanasia decisions and perform euthanasia
  • Ability to act decisively regarding dynamic animal cases and situations for which there may be no existing protocols
  • 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 with people and to communicate clearly about WRC's mission, the care and treatment of animals, and the safety of the public, other staff, and volunteers

Physical Requirements:
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.

Preferred Skills:
  • 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