BC SPCA Wild ARC - Wildlife Rehabilitator

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Position Title: WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR (3 positions available)
Type: Full-time, Temporary Position May 1 – Sep 6, 2022
Classification: CUPE Local 50
Wage: $20.81 per hour
Reporting Relationship: Wild ARC Manager and Assistant Manager

Closing Date: February 11, 2022 (Midnight ET)

Submit resume and cover letter including 3 references together as one document.

Other Job requirements: The HRSDC Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program may fund some of these positions. Please feel free to apply even if you do not meet the Canada Summer Jobs requirements. CSJ criteria including:

must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment looking for career related experience;
must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations (proof required).

NOTE - Aboriginal students are encouraged to self-identify as this has been identified as a local priority in the constituency by Canada Summer Jobs.
Position Summary:

The Wildlife Rehabilitator will participate in all wildlife care duties and the daily operation of the centre, including rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, in addition to maintenance of facilities and cleaning. By telephone and in person, the successful candidate will promote the BC SPCA philosophy and mandate with respect to wildlife and animal welfare. You will work in a humane, professional, and responsible manner, and encourage by teaching and example, other staff and volunteers to show the same qualities. You will maintain operations to BC SPCA Wild ARC guidelines in conjunction with IWRC/NWRA minimum standards for wildlife rehabilitation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Participate in all daily animal care duties including admission, rescue, triage, examination, treatment, diet planning, food preparation, feeding and release
Perform duties as required including answering phone calls, interacting with the public, veterinarians, government, etc. in order to maintain centre operations
Ensure facility hygiene and adherence to health and safety protocols
Assist in the training and management of volunteers
Maintain detailed records including patient-files, care instructions, and patient log book; perform data entry of files and analysis of records
Rescue and transport wildlife
Participate in cage design, construction, and maintenance as required
Pick up supplies and donations as required
Attend and participate in team meetings, training, workshops and other projects as required
Liaise with other rehabilitation organizations and perform regular research to ensure highest standards of animal care; stay abreast of current wildlife rehabilitation practices
Work shifts as required (weekends, evenings, stat holidays) and perform other related duties as assigned

Education, Skills & Abilities:

Minimum 2 years of post-secondary studies in Biological Sciences, Animal Health Care, or a relevant field, Bachelor’s degree preferred
Minimum 2 years wildlife rehabilitation or husbandry experience
Basic rehabilitation skills certification from a provincial or international body; advanced skills is preferable; knowledge of IWRC/NWRA minimum standards
Animal care experience with small to medium size wild mammals and birds including raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, seabirds, deer, raccoons, squirrels, seals
Knowledge of natural history, identification, and behaviour of BC wildlife species; familiar with provincial and federal government wildlife regulations and rehabilitation permit requirements
Capable of handling a demanding workload and long hours
Available to work all shifts assigned by the Manager including weekends and statutory holidays
Ability to work in all types of outdoor conditions
Comfortable working with potentially hazardous conditions, such as contact with parasites, zoonotic diseases, dangerous animals, and chemicals
Requires substantial physical labour (must be able to lift 50 pounds)
Must be vaccinated for tetanus (and rabies preferred)
Must be able to work in emergency situations, on short notice
Strong teamwork skills and work ethic
Excellent communication skills including telephone and public speaking
Good physical stamina and health
Intermediate level of computer literacy
Good driving record, no new driver restrictions
Daily access to a vehicle (Wild ARC is not on a transit route)

How to apply:

If you are up for the challenge, are legally entitled to work in Canada and would like to be a part of our Wild ARC team, we invite you to click on apply now or use the link: http://spca.bc.ca/about-us/careers/

We welcome diversity, value differences, and foster inclusion in our employment practices. We invite applications from all qualified individuals who are philosophically aligned with our mission and guiding principles.

No telephone calls please. We thank you for your interest in the BC SPCA; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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