Job: Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician

Status: Part-time, non-exempt, hourly

Location: San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center, Fairfield, CA

Reports to: Wildlife Center Manager

Job Description

We are currently looking for someone to join our team as a part-time rehabilitation technician at our Fairfield, CA center.  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.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Assist with and administer medical treatments under direct 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.
  • Clean and disinfect all areas 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.
  • 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.

Required qualifications

  • 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.

Preferred qualifications

  • 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.

About International Bird Rescue —

Bird Rescue’s Mission: To mitigate the human impact on sea and water birds. This is achieved through emergency response and planning, wildlife rehabilitation, research and education.

Founded in 1971, International Bird Rescue is an experienced not-for-profit organization dedicated to mitigating the human impact on sea and water birds, worldwide. We do this through emergency response and planning, wildlife rehabilitation, research, and education. Whether our patients are oiled during a spill (e.g., Deepwater Horizon in 2010), orphaned by human encroachment on habitat, injured from fishing line, or struck by a car, we’re here to help!

Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of oiled, sick, injured, and orphaned sea and water birds, supported by a corps of impassioned volunteers. We manage two year-round aquatic bird rehab centers in California (Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay), as well as a wildlife response center in Alaska. Between our two wildlife centers in San Pedro and Fairfield, CA, we treat approximately 3,500 patients per year.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Kelly Beffa,

Please, DO NOT call the clinic regarding this position.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US without need for current or future visa sponsorship through Bird Rescue (visa sponsorship is not available for this position).

Relocation assistance is not available.

Bird Rescue has an equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy, which
provides that no applicant or employee will be discriminated against on the basis of
gender, race, color, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, national
origin, disability or sexual orientation, or any other category protected by state or
federal law.

This position description is not an offer of employment, nor an employment contract.