Job Title: Wildlife Medical and Husbandry Fellowship
Reports to: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care Manager
Classification: Paid Fellowship
Salary: Stipend of $250/week or $175/week with rental-free housing, if needed, on WildCare’s Property.
Term: Starting Mid- to late-August through mid-September until December 31, 2021.
WildCare provides people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back to nature. WildCare, the largest wildlife rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma and one of the largest in the U.S., is currently offering full-time, fall fellowships. Fellows have responsibilities in all aspects of care for over 7,500 of Oklahoma’s injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife. Over 240 species are brought to WildCare annually.
WildCare is seeking a medical and animal husbandry fellow to learn about and provide medical and daily rehabilitative care to injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife. This is a paid, full-time seasonal position with an established, high-volume wildlife rehabilitation center. You will receive hands-on experience, guided by trained staff, in WildCare’s wildlife hospital and in the rehabilitative care of mammals, raptors, and reptiles.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide all daily rehabilitative care for wildlife patients in assigned care areas, including feeding and cleaning, treatment, and monitoring patients’ progress.
• Provide direct support to the wildlife veterinarian and RVT in the wildlife hospital while learning about the basics of wildlife medicine. Assist with physical therapy and other medical procedures.
• Carry out maintenance projects at the facility and other projects assigned by Animal Care Managers.
• Learn and implement patient protocols by species.
• Observe animals’ condition and behavior and report to Animal Care Managers.
• Perform patient admissions and intake exams.
• Carry out assigned releases.
• Assist with animal admissions and patient record entries.
• Learn wildlife conflict resolution techniques to help educate members of the public that call WildCare for advice and guidance.
As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to rotate through different areas of the facility based on need, previous experience, and personal interest.
• Responsible, trustworthy, and motivated multi-tasker.
• Must have a positive attitude and manage stress in a fast-paced work environment.
• Must be willing to learn and grow.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Life Sciences, or related field preferred.
• Must be rabies pre-exposure vaccinated.
• Wildlife rehabilitation or other animal care experience strongly preferred.
• Reliable personal vehicle and valid driver’s license required.
• Attendance and Dependability - Consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
• Customer Service - Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
• Diversity - Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for the opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
• Ethics - Tells the truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
• Teamwork - Listens and responds constructively to others' views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Helps others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others' effort and contributions. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.
Essential Functions, Physical Demands, and Work Environment:
The majority of WildCare’s facilities are outdoors. Therefore, candidates for this job must be able to:
● Indoors and outdoors work is to be expected.
● Will participate in team lifting of animals, weighing up to 300 pounds. Must be able to lift 50 pounds on their own.
● Animal restraint is essential and must be able to safely restrain dangerous animals.
● The animal care staff will often have to walk, stand, kneel, and crouch.
● Substantial physical exertion will be required at times.
● This position relies heavily on all senses every day to evaluate patients.
● Vision, hearing, and hand-eye coordination will be essential for examining and working with wildlife species.
● There will be potential exposure to isoflurane, x-rays, hazardous chemicals, zoonotic and other contagious diseases, and medical drugs.
● There will be computer work.
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to hiring@WildCareOklahoma.org by July 21, 2021. Put “Fall 2021 Fellowship” in the subject line.
WildCare Foundation is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.