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  • Lead Wildlife Rehabilitator - Oregon

    Guest Jen Osburn Eliot
    • Employer: Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center
      Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are searching for a Lead Wildlife Rehabilitator with 5-10 years of experience in Wildlife Rehabilitation. Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center is located in Southern Oregon. We take in around 1200 patients per year and are home to around 80 ambassador animals ranging from Raptors to Brown Bears.  Pay is dependent on experience and negotiable for the right candidate $15+/hour. We offer a matching retirement program and a matching Aflac benefit but do not currently offer health insurance. Staff start off with 40 hours sick time and 40 hours vacation per year; vacation increases with staff longevity.  See below for the complete job description.

    Wildlife Images “Lead Wildlife Rehabilitator” Position

    Position Overview:
    The Wildlife Rehabilitation Lead position manages the daily clinic operations and is focused on the care of wild animal patients in various stages of the rehabilitation process. This position is expected to assist the staff veterinarian in medical procedures, including monitoring surgeries, for both rehab patients and ambassador animals at the park. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Lead ensures that support staff and interns are properly executing their positions and responsibilities.

    The Wildlife Rehabilitation Lead reports to the Animal Services Manager and works alongside the rest of the AS team members. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Lead 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 to the Wildlife Images “Code of Conduct” in relation to interactions with other staff, volunteers, and interns.

    Leadership Responsibilities:

    • Oversee daily duties in wildlife rehabilitation clinic; train staff and interns on proper animal husbandry and procedures for caring for injured and orphaned animals.
    • Aid in resident animal health care in coordination with staff veterinarian and park management.
    • Monitor intake process, treatment plans, daily care, release, and euthanasia criteria for all wild rehabilitation patients.
    • Development and revision of protocols pertaining to patient care, clinic standards, neonate animal care, and resident animal care in coordination with staff veterinarian and Animal Services Manager.
    • Supervise, mentor, and schedule AS support staff, volunteers, and interns
    • Ensure proper safety protocols are followed by all staff, interns, and volunteers in the Animal Services Department.
    • Ensure animal welfare standards are maintained and that they comply with permits, regulations, and standards established by Wildlife Images, associated governing agencies and professional wildlife rehabilitation organizations, including quality of life standards. 
    • Work with regulating agencies to keep state and federal officials informed of important wildlife updates regarding patient status, intake, and disposition.
    • Coordinate with other departments in the design, planning and acquisition of infrastructure and supplies for the clinic and rehabilitation facilities.
    • Network, establish, and maintain relationships with local veterinarians and industry professionals in order to provide the best possible care for patients and residents.
    • Pursue continuing education opportunities such as attending conferences, workshops, and seminars in order to remain knowledgeable and current in best practices in the industry.
    • Maintain professional memberships such as with the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) and the Oregon Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (OWRA)
    • Establish and maintain protocols for various wildlife-related phone call scenarios and work with other departments to coordinate implementation.
    • Work with grant writer to provide content for grants and other fundraising opportunities.
    • Responsible for helping with ordering of supplies (ie medications, animal food and supplies).
    • Conduct analysis annually on intakes and their dispositions to calculate rehabilitation trends that may assist in improving rehab methods and techniques.

    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.
    • Use various diagnostic resources to determine reasons for patient intake and health concerns.
    • Collect and analyze samples including but not limited to drawing blood, collecting feces, and skin/ear swab samples.
    • Perform lab procedures including microscopy (preparing smears and slides).
    • Take radiographs and interpret (veterinary guidance if needed).
    • Perform blood lead tests.
    • Administer appropriate medications PO, SQ, IM, or IP according to protocols.
    • Develop medical protocols with veterinary guidance.
    • Basic pharmaceutical math used to calculate drug dosages and reconstitute medications appropriate for individual patients.
    • Knowledge of proper wound treatment.
    • Apply necessary wraps, splints, and administer 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.
    • Conduct necropsies to determine cause of death and maintain knowledge of anatomy.
    • Euthanize sick/injured animals as appropriate; ideally as a Certified Euthanasia Technician to be allowed to handle controlled drugs
    • Properly identify patient species and understand species natural history.
    • Determine caging and dietary requirements for intake animals.
    • Calculate daily caloric and fluid needs for patients to maintain healthy metabolism.
    • Care for juvenile wild animals.
    • Properly identify life stages of various species of mammals and birds.
    • Understand appropriate neonate nutrition, housing, and daily husbandry.
    • Demonstrate ability to bottle and tube feed neonate mammals.
    • Identify species correctly and provide appropriate enrichment and care to set individuals up for successful release and survival in the wild.
    • Interact with the public during educational opportunities via public clinic and animal keeper talks. 
    • Coordinate public releases and social media information with marketing and social media director.
    • Proper cleaning and disinfection between patients both inside the clinic and in outdoor enclosures.
    • Coordinate daily duties and special projects throughout the park with other staff members.
    • Assist the public regarding injured or orphaned wildlife,  animal rescues, transport, emergency care and human-wildlife conflicts, both in person and over the phone.
    • Understand current protocols to be able to refer people to appropriate agencies.
    • Respond to patient update inquiries from the original rescuers.
    • Organize and maintain clinic supplies and resources and coordinate medical supply donations.
    • Ensure a sanitary work environment and educate other employees on the importance of preventing the spread of pathogens and the risk of zoonotic transmission. 
    • Collect feathers for  identification and preservation for use in imping procedures on rehab patients.
    • Properly label and handle specimens to prepare them for research and educational programs in partnership with the Forensics Lab and maintain relationship with Forensics Lab staff members.

    Resident Animal Care Responsibilities

    • Cross-trained to perform limited daily resident care for ambassador mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates including bears, large cats, wolf hybrids, and birds of prey.
    • Observe animal behavior to be able to interpret and distinguish signs of unusual behavior which may indicate illness/injury.
    • Primarily will be cross-trained to be the “second” person for certain routines requiring a two-person protocol
    • Trained to prepare diets in the event that the ambassador care team needs assistance.
    • Responsible for resident health care along with the staff veterinarian.
    • Oversee preventative health care including vaccines, parasite control, routine health checks.
    • Cope Beaks and trim nails.
    • Complete other tasks as needed.
    • Maintain records on all aspects of resident animal care 
    • Verify that safe and appropriate animal food supplies are being maintained.

    General facilities Responsibilities

    • Perform routine maintenance, upkeep, and small-scale repairs on animal enclosures.
    • Provide information on appropriate perching and enclosure accessories essential to species specialized husbandry requirements.
    • 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 Education Team Leader.
    • Work with Guest Services Team Leader when needed providing animal care information for the public.
    • Computer skills in data entry, use of Google Drive and associated programs, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel, and RaptorMed
    • Properly store and dispose of chemicals and medical supplies.
    • Internship and Volunteer Oversight Responsibilities
    • Oversee training and mentoring of interns regarding Rules and regulations and safety procedures in restraining and containing animals.
    • Build curriculum and provide interns with resources, educational lectures, and demonstrations to further their education in the animal care fields


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