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  • Wildlife Care Specialist


    Guest Emily M Davenport, CWR
    • Employer: Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance
      Location: Sedalia, CO
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/01/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Wildlife Care Specialist (WCS) will manage daily operations at our wildlife center and wildlife hospital involving, but not limited to; all aspects of animals care for patients and ambassadors, feeding, cleaning, disinfecting, record keeping, volunteer and intern management, inventory, scheduling staff meetings and volunteer trainings, and basic admin tasks. We are looking for a responsible and independent Wildlife Care Specialist to join our team! This part-time position will start out at 8-12 hours a week with the potential to move to a full-time position within a year.

    The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure the highest quality and consistency of animal care through management techniques, direct and indirect supervision of volunteer and implementation of new and enforcement of existing protocols. The responsibilities of this position cannot be accomplished alone so training and supporting a team of volunteers that can be relied upon to be delegated to in order to reach these goals is of utmost importance.

    The WCS must be able to work collaboratively with equal sensitivity to the care of the animals and the needs and requirements of the volunteers and the public, in order to build and maintain a respectful and professional culture within rehabilitation functions and throughout all of Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance.

     

    ANIMAL CARE RESPONSIBILITIES (this is not an all inclusive list):

    • The WCS works both in the Wildlife Center and will fill in for education programs on occasion. (typically 8-12 hours a week):
    • Work opening and closing shifts
    • Cover education programs in the event others are not available
    • Work flexible, constantly changing days and hours including nights, weekends and holidays
    • Be on-call for after-hours animal care, volunteer support and emergency situations
    • Basic reception duties – answer telephone and pass on messages
    • Maintain volunteers, paperwork, and documents
    • Care for all animals on site
    • Respond to emails, texts, and phone calls in a timely manner
    • Help maintain supplies/office/animal care inventory
    • Help complete construction/maintenance projects as needed
    • Know and understand all permits and licenses Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance maintains
    • Maintain smoothly operating shifts so that all of the tasks required to ensure excellent patient care and husbandry are completed by the end of each day. Duties include but are not limited to: orchestrating the flow of volunteers, daily feeding, medicating and cleaning of all animals, necessary medical treatments, maintaining adequate supplies and ensuring that preparation for the following day’s operations are complete by the end of the day.

     

    Minimum Medical Skills required (Training will be provided):

    • Proficient in ability to perform routine diagnostics such as blood work, fecals, wet mounts
    • Ability to perform minor medical procedures such as wound treatments and closures and suturing non-surgical wounds
    • Comfortable with performing different modalities of euthanasias  
    • Ability to calculate drug dosages and compound medications
    • Ability to administer medications PO, IV, IC, IM, and SQ
    • Calculate and administer calorie and fluid therapy 
    • Perform and interpret radiographs
    • Splint fractures
    • Advanced wound treatment
    • Advanced diagnostics and treatment plans
    • Advanced knowledge of veterinary drugs (controlled and not), as well as most up to date pain management techniques and medications
    • Advanced capture and restraint of avian, reptile and mammal species

     

    VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT

    • In collaboration with Volunteer Coordinator:
    • Focus on volunteer satisfaction and retention   
    • Schedule, plan and participate in Volunteer Orientations and training classes
    • Schedule and teach volunteer orientation and training classes.
    • Create and modify training and evaluation classes and systems for volunteers (both new and continuing), Volunteer Supervisors and Interns
    • Schedule, plan and participate in monthly volunteer huddles
    • Build and maintain a collaborative, respectful and professional culture, and help build and maintain the same culture across Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance.

     

    COMPLIANCE & OFFICE RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Ensure compliance with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, United States Fish and Wildlife, USDA, OSHA, etc.
    • Assist as needed with required annual reports to said agencies
    • Maintain contact lists in Constant Contact
    • Assist with thank you letters for donors
    • Order supplies
    • Participate in monthly staff meetings
    • Ensure and maintain Hospital emergency preparedness for on-site disasters as well as off-site response

     

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Minimum of 2 year’s experience in wildlife rehabilitation or education (of aves, mammals & reptiles) with at least 1 years in a supervisory position
    • Registered Veterinary Technician, degree in biology, zoology, or related field preferred
    • Due to nature of responsibilities with controlled substances, must pass state and federal background check and have no pertinent criminal history
    • Must have or be able/willing to get rabies prophylactic vaccine and titer check every 2 years
    • Ability to work flexible, constantly changing days and hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
    • Experience teaching and creating basic and advanced skills classes and trainings
    • Computer literate, comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)  and other basic programs. Experience with Wildlife Rehabilitation Medical Database preferred.
    • Must be able to lift/move 50 pounds, endure long workdays in a physically and emotionally demanding setting while maintaining focus, accuracy and physical activities required by the job.
    • Must attend a minimum of one annual continuing education training in the field of wildlife rehabilitation or related medical/animal care field and present learned information to staff.    

     

    DESIRED SKILLS & CHARACTERISTICS

    • Great organizational skills
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
    • Ability to prioritize multiple competing priorities
    • Excels at working under pressure in emergency situations
    • Experience teaching or mentoring, either in a group or individual context
    • Experience creating and implementing protocols
    • While the ability to work individually without supervision is a priority, must also demonstrate an ability and willingness to ask for assistance when needed
    • Positive team player
    • Strong conflict resolution skills

    If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to connect@rmwalliance.org




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