Seasonal Wildlife Nursery Technician

Website California Wildlife Center

Summary:  This is a seasonal hourly Wildlife Nursery Technician position whose responsibility is to ensure that all animals in the CWC nursery receive adequate and appropriate care.  To implement protocols, procedures, medical evaluations and treatment of animals as set by the Hospital Manager and the Director of Animal Care. This position is from March through October 2018.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  •  Performs examinations, basic diagnostic procedures, and treatment plans for incoming patients
  • Works exclusively in our songbird bird and mammal nursery
  • Administers medical treatments according to CWC policies
  • Maintains and updates animal patient care records
  • Fulfills daily care plans of wildlife patients, including but not limited to nutritional, caging, rehabilitative and medical needs
  • Ensures that cages and facilities are cleaned and maintained daily, feeding schedules are adhered to and other animal care needs are met
  • Supervises and trains volunteers, interns, and externs; delegates and ensures satisfactory completion of tasks
  • Ensures that protocols to minimize risk of contraction of zoonotic diseases are adhered to
  • Admits animals from the public

Supervisory Responsibilities 

 Responsible for closely supervising up to 5 volunteers and interns at a time per shift. Task delegation and time efficiency are two very critical responsibilities that are necessary for success at this position.

 

 Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Required Experience: 

 1 year or more of experience working at a wildlife rehabilitation center as an

employee, volunteer, or intern (internship term may be less than 1 year).

Job Requirements:

  • Must be able to work cooperatively and manage up to 5 volunteers and interns per shift
  • Must be able to provide a friendly, tolerant environment for staff, volunteers, interns and externs.
  • Physical demands: must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds. Work is done which requires lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other moderately strenuous activities.
  • Familiarity with basic lab work, physical exams, administering subcutaneous fluids, providing necessary treatments, dosing and administering medications and stabilizing animals through emergency and critical care.
  • Must be able to act decisively regarding constantly changing animal cases and situations for which there may be no existing protocols.
  • Must be able to work quickly, efficiently and calmly under stressful conditions.
  • Must be able to handle multiple responsibilities.
  • Must possess good verbal and written communication skills.

Language Skills: 

 Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills: 

 Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate ratio and percentages.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

 Valid Driver’s License.

  Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals; routine exposure to zoonotic diseases, aggressive and feral animals; routinely exposed to mechanical moving parts; and outside weather conditions.

 Contact:

Send cover letter and resume to Denys Hemen (denys@cawildlife.org).  No calls please.

EOE/M/F/D/V

To apply for this job email your details to denys@cawildlife.org

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