Husbandry Support Staff

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General Description:
The Husbandry Support role is an entry level position. The Husbandry Support staff assists Wildlife Husbandry Technicians with many aspects of daily husbandry in the Appalachian Wild’s animal care facility. While the Husbandry Support staff does not work directly with our wildlife patients this role is critical in supporting the animal care team. This position works directly with the Wildlife Husbandry Technicians and Executive Director on a daily basis. This position will help supervise and train a team of volunteers and interns on a daily basis. The Husbandry Support staff will regularly provide support and guidance to fellow staff, interns, and volunteers to ensure successful performance of all duties and tasks associated with positions.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Husbandry Support staff has a wide range of duties that include, but are not limited to:
Overall daily upkeep of facility and all procedures and protocols for cleanliness and sanitation
Participation in day to day husbandry including duties such as:
Essential “kitchen” duties
Meal preparation for wildlife patients
Formula preparation for wildlife orphans
Laundry duties
General facility upkeep and cleaning
Unoccupied enclosure cleaning
Effective communication with the operations team
Implementation and follow through of protocols and procedures
Ensuring best practices are implemented and followed
Communication with the public with new arrivals
Assisting with animal care needs inventories
Maintain a safe, professional, and positive work environment for all fellow staff, interns, volunteers, and any visiting public
Managerial type support duties may include:
Training and supervision of interns and volunteers in animal care positions
Identification of and positive communication to encourage animal care volunteers and interns to improve knowledge and skill
Recognizing tasks, projects, and duties and delegating to appropriate team members

The ideal candidate:
Must have at least 6 consecutive months of managerial experience or relative experience leading a team of individuals
Must have excellent organization, time management, team management, communication and leadership skills
Possess a strong personal work ethic, positive attitude, superior public relations skills, have a high level of integrity, and is flexible and adaptable
Possess strong computer proficiency
Possess a willingness to work, grow and evolve in a team environment and possess the skills and ability to work independently
Must be dependable and reliable
Must have a solid understanding of and dedication to fulfilling Appalachian Wild’s mission
Must be 18 years or older
Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work indoor or outdoor in any weather conditions
Ability to stand, stoop, bend, walk, and other strenuous activities for extended periods of time
Up to date on tetanus vaccine, rabies pre-exposure vaccine is a plus

This is a temporary seasonal, part-time, 20 hours per week, position receiving $10.00 per hour. The position will be filled for 22 weeks, May-September. This position is required to be present in the Animal Care facility located in Candler, NC. A set weekly schedule will be established at time of hire.

To Apply:
Submit resume with letter of intent and three references with contact information via email to Savannah Trantham, Executive Director at Include ‘Husbandry Support’ in the subject line. Accepting resumes until 6:00pm EST May 15, 2022.
2 positions available.

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that coordinates the needs of wildlife rehabilitation in Western North Carolina providing care for injured and orphaned wildlife, support for the ​wildlife rehabilitation network and conservation education to the community.

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