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Florida Keys Wild Bird Center

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    Tavernier, FL
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  1. Interns are invaluable to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. We are happy to provide 6-month, paid internships to individuals who are interested and passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation. The unique ecosystem of the Florida Keys creates a great opportunity for interns to gain knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of avian species. From seabirds and shorebirds to raptors and songbirds, interns can expect to work hands-on alongside our Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators at Mission Wild Bird and independently at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary. Our Avian Care internship consists of 5-day, 40-hour (sometimes more) work weeks. The schedule is split up so that individuals will be working 2-3 days a week at our Wild Bird Hospital and 2-3 days a week at our Sanctuary. We provide a $200 bi-weekly stipend and shared intern housing located on-site at our Sanctuary. Hospital Duties include: Daily cleaning and feeding of Hospital patients Maintaining hospital cleanliness (i.e. sweeping, mopping, laundry, etc.) Administering medication and fluid therapy Helping staff with wound care, blood work, fecals, X-Rays, etc. Participating in bird rescues, intakes, and releases Answering bird emergency calls at least two nights per week Keeping detailed and updated reports on sick and injured patients Partaking in after-hours bird emergencies Sanctuary Duties include: Daily husbandry of permanent sanctuary residents (i.e. feeding, cleaning, checking enclosures, replacing/cleaning perches, etc.) Picking up donated fish from local marine centers and sifting fish for quality Helping with regular clean up of the facility such as pressure-washing the boardwalk, replacing mulch, and trimming branches Feeding and cleaning of rehabilitation patients in medical and flight cages Occasional weighing of patients, assessing condition, and noting diet changes Researching, organizing, and providing enrichment for residents Helping with any educational events such as occasional sanctuary tours and regular interactions with visitors Qualifications: At least 21 years old Working towards or completed Bachelor’s Degree in animal related field 6 month commitment Willing to work 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays with occasional evenings Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work in hot, humid, and rainy weather conditions Able to multitask and handle physical and mentally stressful tasks Ability to interact with the public proficiently Have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and ability to handle multiple personalities Valid Driver's License and clean driving record How to Apply To apply, send your completed internship application, resume, and cover letter to bayleigh@keepthemflying.org. Internship Application.pdf
  2. Job Title: Wildlife Rehabilitator Reports to: Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager Job Summary: The Wildlife Rehabilitator assists the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager in all aspects of avian emergencies, critical care, and daily husbandry of all hospital patients. He/she aids in coordinating rescues, treatment, and diet plans along with administering medications and fluids. He/she is responsible for assisting with the training and mentoring of interns and volunteers. The Rehabilitator works in conjunction with the Programs Coordinator, Facilities Maintenance Staff, and Wildlife Hospital Technician. This is a full-time, hourly position and includes some holidays, weekends, evening and event hours. Starting hourly pay of $16/hour. Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Assist in ensuring compliance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) permits and regulations for the rescue and rehabilitation of wild birds. Assist in ensuring compliance with USFWS and FWC permits and regulations for the educational display of the non-releasable birds at the Sanctuary. Assist in planning and administering medical treatments for each patient throughout the rehabilitation process. This includes but is not limited to: appropriate triage, emergency care, housing and food items for all birds. Maintain detailed records including patient files, care instructions, and patient log book. Assist in advanced surgeries performed by Volunteer Veterinarian (monitor breathing, heart rate, sedation, etc.) Independently conduct basic medical procedures/treatments (i.e. suturing, radiographs, blood work, medication dosage, humane euthanasia, fracture stabilization, wound management, laser therapy, etc) with regards to skill limitations. Assist in tracking inventory of all medical/clinical supplies and food supplies for the Hospital. Assist in the training of interns and volunteers in bird care as needed. Teach routine medical procedures (tube feedings, fluid therapy, wound management, medications, blood work, radiographs, and fracture stabilization) and basic knowledge of species in all aspects of rescue, rehab and release. Be available to respond to any after-hour or day-off emergencies if needed. (i.e. bird emergencies, caging emergencies/issues) Network with other rehabilitation centers to ensure best possible care; attend national rehabilitation conferences and training to be able to perform highest standards of rehab and management. When necessary, educate the public with bird rehabilitation topics (i.e. newspaper articles on endangered species/rehab techniques, social media posts regarding rehabilitation, etc.) to create a positive image for FKWBC. Participate in the development of FKWBC’s FOOTPRINTS newsletter and social media by providing pictures and stories Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager. Candidate Requirements: Must possess or be able to acquire within a timely manner a Florida State Wildlife Rehabilitator’s license. Must be familiar with USFWS standards and regulations. Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in the biological sciences or animal-related major. Have at least two years of experience in rehabilitation, special consideration given to avian rehabilitation. Qualifications: Thrive in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment. Experience capturing, handling, and restraining wildlife, preferably birds. Knowledge of rehab techniques, protocols, and medical records in a hospital setting. Understand or ability to learn basic medical terminology, avian physiology and anatomy. Effectively communicate information on an individual basis and group situations; strong interpersonal skills for interactions with employees, volunteers, and the public. Knowledge of or ability to learn natural history of native birds (appropriate diets/nutrition, behaviors, habitats). Great time-management skills with the ability to plan, organize, and multitask. Self-motivated, confident and disciplined with excellent work ethic. Valid driver’s license and clean driving record. How to Apply / Contact: Please email current resume and cover letter to Jordan Budnik at info@keepthemflying.org with "Wildlife Rehabilitator Position - Your Name" as the email subject. Applicants that fail to email both documents will not be considered. Please email with any additional questions about job posting. Application deadline: 10/1/2020. Approximate start date: 11/2/2020. Final hiring decisions will be complete by 10/9/2020.
  3. The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is now hiring for two upcoming internship positions! The start dates are flexible, but the ideal candidate would be able to start in early January and early February. See below for more details. Please email a cover letter, resume, and completed application form to Shylyn Pierce at shylyn@keepthemflying.org. Avian Internship Description.docx Internship Application.pdf
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