Update: This position has been filled.

Job: Wildlife Center Manager

Status: Full-time, Exempt

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

Reports to: Director of Operations

About the Position

As the Center Manager, you are responsible for delivering rehabilitation services in accordance with Bird Rescue standards, goals, and objectives. Functions include program development and implementation, staffing, volunteer coordination, community relations, budgeting, record-keeping, and facility maintenance as well as supporting Bird Rescue’s public relations and fundraising activities for the region.

The Opportunity

  • Supervise a diverse clinic staff and volunteer force within a busy wildlife hospital to provide support and guidance, monitor performance, build team spirit, and build bridges of communication that support a safe, effective, and positive work environment.
  • Manage the day-to-day rehabilitation activities to ensure effective oversight of the rehabilitation program and rehabilitation technicians. 
  • Work with the Director of Operations and Veterinarian to ensure a high standard of care for each patient..
  • Ensure facility safety and maintenance is accomplished following established standards and identify facility infrastructure that requires maintenance and facility improvements that could further our goals and missions.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with the Los Angeles Center Manager to uphold the view that Bird Rescue has one rehabilitation program that operates in multiple locations. 
  • Ensure Bird Rescue remains in compliance with all contractual obligations for the management, maintenance, and response readiness of one of the State of California’s Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Centers as set by the State of California and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.
  • Serve as a public face of the rehabilitation facility to the public and/or media, clearly articulating the mission, programs, and impact to increase visibility of Bird Rescue and enhance the organization’s reputation and standing.
  • Be part of a diverse and fun team of people who care about birds and the natural world within a unique and dynamic non-profit organization.


  • Minimum of 4 years experience in wildlife rehabilitation management and/or oiled wildlife response , preferably with avian species.
  • Energetic willingness to work hands-on in executing organizational strategies, initiatives, and programs.
  • Ability to work efficiently and calmly under emergency and stressful situations.
  • Excellent organizational skills, as well as problem solving, setting priorities, delegating, meeting deadlines, and multi-tasking.
  • Excellent and professional verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to work with a diverse population, including staff, partners, specialists, and volunteers.
  • Ability to multitask, remain organized, take initiative, and work with minimum supervision.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours during emergency response situations, such as oil spills, including overtime, weekends, and holidays.
  • Comfort with, or willingness to learn, public speaking, teaching, training, and presenting.


BA/BS strongly preferred. 

Physical Requirements 

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: 

  • Works in an animal hospital environment and must be able to complete a heavy workload within reasonably established time frames without fatigue.
  • Works in an office environment and uses a computer, telephone, and other office equipment as needed to perform duties, as well as working with and interacting with volunteers and staff within our wildlife hospital. 
  • Must have a reliable means of transportation and be willing to travel as required. 
  • Must be able to work in challenging and changing environments indoors, outdoors, and in field situations, such as uneven surfaces, wet and slippery surfaces, and various weather conditions (hot, rainy, windy, etc.).
  • Must be able to palpate and auscultate during animal exams. 
  • Must be able to move about the center for hours, ascend/descend stairs, transport equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds, and position oneself into tight spaces, low areas, or on the ground to perform facility maintenance and animal care/husbandry.
  • Must be able to handle and restrain various sized avian species.

Work Environment

This is a position in an animal care facility. While performing the duties of this position the employee will be exposed to odors, noise, and in the vicinity of a variety of wild birds and hazardous material (such as petroleum products during an oil spill). Employees may also be exposed to moving parts, radiography equipment, and there is a risk of potential exposure to zoonotic diseases.


This position is on-site at our San Francisco Bay-Delta wildlife center located in Fairfield, but has some flexibility for telecommuting with the understanding that facility needs always supersede work-from-home privileges. 

Compensation, Benefits, and Start Date

This full-time position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, variable schedule, a collaborative work environment, and a benefits package that includes generous vacation, health insurance, and other benefits. The position is open immediately. Please note that Bird Rescue has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy and all new employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination. This position requires a background check.

About International Bird Rescue — www.birdrescue.org

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.

To Apply

Please submit all resumes and cover letters to Kelly.Beffa@birdrescue.org.

Please DO NOT call the clinic in reference to this job.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, due to the high number of applicants, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.