Position: Rehabilitation Technician Type: Part-time Location: Los Angeles Wildlife Center, San Pedro, CA (International Bird Rescue)
Job Description: We are currently looking for someone to join our team as a part-time rehabilitation technician at our LA Wildlife Center in San Pedro, CA. Rehabilitation technicians are responsible for the husbandry and medical care of patients as well as public outreach and education regarding wildlife issues. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required for training/managing volunteers and for interacting with coworkers, veterinarians and other local rehabilitation centers. For individuals interested in becoming part of Bird Rescue's internationally renowned response team, this is a great opportunity to learn about, work with, and become proficient at rehabilitating these challenging species. An RVT licensed in the state of California is preferred; however, individuals with a strong background or interest in wildlife rehabilitation are encouraged to apply.
International Bird Rescue is dedicated to mitigating the human impact on aquatic birds and other wildlife worldwide, through emergency planning and response, wildlife rehabilitation, education and research.
Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and oiled aquatic birds, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities and a corps of dedicated volunteers. In addition to managing two, year-round aquatic bird rehabilitation centers in California (near Los Angeles and San Francisco), our oiled wildlife response team manages large-scale oiled wildlife events throughout the world.
Duties and Responsibilities
● Assist with and administer medical treatments under supervision of the manager and veterinarian (including radiographs, anesthesia and humane euthanasia in accordance with Bird Rescue policies and local and federal laws).
● Maintain complete and accurate animal care records.
● Determine and provide appropriate triage/emergency care, housing/enclosures and diets including live and dead food items.
● Clean and disinfect all areas as necessary to maintain a safe and sanitary environment throughout the hospital and facility.
● Inventory and maintain clinic/medical supplies.
● Provide oversight, direction and training of volunteers on a daily basis.
● Perform other duties, as assigned, to ensure a positive public image, enhance the operation of the organization and improve the quality of life for the animals.
● Respond to inquiries from members of the public and other local rehabilitation centers.
● Six months to one year of related education/experience/training.
● Ability to read, write and comprehend detailed animal care protocols.
● Ability to understand basic medical terminology, avian physiology and anatomy.
● Have excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize work.
● Effectively communicate information on both an individual basis and group situations and have excellent interpersonal skills for interactions with volunteers, other employees, governing agencies, outside members of the public and other rehabilitation centers.
● Basic skills with Microsoft Office and data entry.
● Excellent basic mathematical skills and the ability to accurately work with units of weight, volume and concentration.
● This position requires a background check.
● Past work in a wildlife rehabilitation clinic.
● Experience capturing, handling and restraining wild animals, preferably birds.
● Familiarity with the Incident Command System and Oiled Wildlife Care Network protocols.
● Registered veterinary technician (RVT) certified by the California Veterinary Medical Board.
Physical Demands and exposure to environmental conditions
● Ability to stand, speak, listen and smell for long periods of time (hours).
● Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and ability to use hands/arms to palpate, handle, feel, reach and lift/move up to 40lbs.
● Must have good near, distance, color and peripheral vision as well as good depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
● Indoor and outdoor conditions include: temperatures of ~30-110oF, rain, strong wind, high heat and humidity, dry air and allergens.
● Employees are exposed to moving parts, zoonotic diseases, aggressive/feral animals, toxic/caustic chemicals and radiography equipment.
How to Apply
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Kylie Clatterbuck, at kylie.clatterbuck @ bird-rescue dot org. Please, DO NOT call the clinic regarding this position.
For a list of all currently open positions at International Bird Rescue, please visit: https://www.bird-rescue.org/get-involved/employment.aspx