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Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager


Hawaii Wildlife Center


Kapaau, Hawaii


United States

Last Date to Apply:

30 Nov 2017
Open until filled


Position Description


HWC, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, mission is to protect, conserve, and aid in the recovery of Hawai‘i's native wildlife through hands–on treatment, research, training, science education and cultural programs. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager is responsible to efficiently develop and manage animal care operations at HWC and maintain the highest quality of care possible. The HWC hospital specializes in the care of over 70 different species and subspecies of native birds, including downed seabird response, and the Hawaiian hoary bat. The Rehabilitation Manager reports directly to the Center Director. Candidates must be able to professionally manage the wildlife hospital operations and partner with the veterinary team. Candidates should possess the ability to act decisively regarding constantly changing animal cases and situations
for which there may be no existing protocols. Keen interest in wildlife conservation issues is a must.


• Train and supervise animal care staff to set and maintain high quality of care standards, develop and refine
species protocols and oversee rehabilitation treatment plans including, but not limited to, nutritional aspects (diets
and formulas fed), pre-release conditioning, housing, release preparation, etc.
• Work with animal care staff and volunteers to provide daily care and treatments of animals.
• Oversee and move animals through the rehabilitation process in a timely manner and ensure that animal care
needs are being met.
• Collaborate with the veterinary team to develop and carry out treatment plans and determine final disposition of
animals undergoing veterinary care.
• Work with animal care staff to determine final disposition of wild patients, to evaluate and ensure timely and
appropriate release of all wildlife patients.
• Keep Center Director apprised of animal intake, in-house patients and their status, animal care needs, quality of
animal care, patient procedures and programmatic needs.
• Ensure that animals are being handled in a manner that maximizes human and animal safety and that staff are
trained and following safety procedures.
• Monitor, identify, perform, supervise enclosure and facility construction and maintenance needs, and assist in
planning and developing future wildlife rehabilitation operations programs.
• Ensure that protocols for infection control are being followed by animal care staff.
• Maintain inventory and oversee the purchasing of animal diets and rehabilitation supplies within budget
• Directly supervise the scheduling, daily activities and performance of wildlife rehabilitators, interns and volunteers.
• Maintain open lines of communication, including routine wildlife staff meetings.
• Develop, implement, and coordinate rehabilitation staff training program. Work with Volunteer Manager to
develop, implement and coordinate volunteer and intern training programs.
• Remain current and assist in keeping staff current on rehabilitation methods and captive care of wildlife through
literature review, attending courses and conferences, meetings and workshops, presenting papers for publication,
and networking with the rehabilitation community.
• Oversee smooth and accurate operation of wildlife database and compile and analyze animal intake statistics for
various reporting needs.
• Oversee animal care health records and documentation of daily animal care, coordinate veterinary and diagnostic
• Coordinate inter-island animal transports with rescue partners, volunteers, and airlines.
• Communicate with state and federal wildlife agencies for T&E species notifications and other rehabilitation
• Assist Center Director in the development of annual state and federal wildlife reports.
• Assist Center Director and other members of the wildlife management team with written policies and procedures
as needed.
• Develop and implement rehabilitation research, training programs and materials as needed.


• Must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, or equivalent experience.
• Must have a minimum of three years experience working full time in a wildlife rehabilitation center or equivalent
animal care facility with at least one year of supervisory experience.
• Must have experience working with a wide variety of wild birds, including seabirds
• Must have considerable knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation and rehabilitation facilities management.
• Must be able to make euthanasia decisions and perform euthanasia procedures.
• Must be willing and able to work daily with wild animals and have a good understanding of natural history and wild
avian behavior.
• Must have knowledge and experience in wildlife medicine equivalent to a veterinary technician level (be able to
take radiographs, perform lab work, physical exams, take blood, give intravenous and subcutaneous fluids,
initiate treatment, calculate doses and administer drugs, perform anesthesia and assist in surgery). Candidates
with a registered veterinary technician or relevant medical background preferred.
• Must have or be able to obtain a valid Hawaii Drivers License with no record of major or repeated minor traffic
• Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds of weight
• Must be legally entitled to work in the USA


Salary Range: $38,000 to $41,000 plus benefits and commensurate with experience.
Please email cover letter, resume, and three references in a single document and titled with your last name to
info@hawaiiwildlifecenter.org Please put ‘Rehabilitation Manager Position’ in the subject line. http://www.hawaiiwil...n-our-team.html