Position Title: Animal Care Manager
Position Type: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Duration: Permanent
Salary: DOE
Date Posted: August 29, 2016

To Apply: Send the following materials to Kim Rutledge, Executive Director, at
Email subject line: Animal Care Manager Position
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • Availability

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.

Physical Demands:
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

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