The Wisconsin Humane Society's (WHS) Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee provides care for over 5,000 injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals of over 150 different species annually. We operate one of the busiest and certainly the most urban wildlife hospitals in Wisconsin. Join us! We proudly work to prevent and alleviate animal suffering in our community and to rehabilitate and return sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals back into the wild. In addition to our rehabilitation services for Milwaukee, Racine, and Ozaukee Counties, we also provide humane guidance and advice to over 12,000 callers annually who have questions or concerns about wild animals they have encountered and for which they need help.
Under the supervision of the Wildlife Director, the Wildlife Rehabilitator rehabilitates sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife with the intent to return them to the wild. Additionally, the Wildlife Rehabilitator informs the public, maintains the facility, and works with other staff, interns, and volunteers to carry out the department's objectives, including administrative assignments. This position is a multi-faceted one, with responsibilities that adjust seasonally based on the needs of our patients, clients, and the organization.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
-Provide excellent customer service in person, via email, and over the phone, to a diverse variety of clients, including the public, first responders, law enforcement, and local and regional government employees.
-Admit, triage, and provide first aid for all incoming wild patients using established departmental protocols.
-Assist with basic diagnostic procedures, including digital x-rays, bloodwork, and fecal floatation tests.
-Provide humane euthanasia of untreatable animals when needed per our guidelines and protocols.
-Animal care responsibilities include cleaning, feeding, and administering medications and treatments for patients in indoor and outdoor facilities and providing appropriate enrichment based on the needs of each patient.
-Maintain highly accurate animal and data records.
-Assist in training, supporting, and managing volunteers and interns, including maintaining and producing training protocols and materials.
-Assist with WHS public education initiatives.
-Comply with all applicable state and federal regulations related to wildlife rehabilitation and the keeping of captive wildlife for education.
-Commit to professional development and continuing education, including staying up-to-date on new publications, attending conferences, and networking.
-Assist in maintaining a high level of facility cleanliness.
Qualifications & Requirements
-Have a Bachelor's degree or current pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in a related field, or have a Certified Veterinary -Technician certificate or equivalent experience. High school diploma required.
-Have a valid, state-issued driver's license (class D).
-Previous experience in wildlife rehabilitation is preferred; experience working with a wide variety of species is a plus.
-Basic or Advanced Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation License preferred or can obtain licensure within six months of being hired.
-Certified Euthanasia Technician status preferred, or ability to obtain licensure within three months of being hired.
-Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) status preferred or can obtain certification within one year of being hired.
-Know the natural history of Wisconsin birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Working knowledge and familiarity with the humane resolution of human-wildlife conflicts are preferred.
-Experience with taking radiographs, blood draws and basic blood tests, staining slides, fecal floatation tests, and using a microscope preferred.
-Possess strong writing skills, data interpretation, and skilled use of Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.). Experience with Wildlife Rehabilitation Medical Database (WRMD) is preferred.
-Must be available to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
-Must be available to work 40 hours or more on average per week, working in 8-hour shifts or more on a given day.
-Must be able to successfully meet the physical demands of the job, which include: Stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, standing, walking, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing, repetitive motions, and lifting 50 lbs. up to waist level.
-Must be emotionally mature, hard-working, reliable, enthusiastic, conscientious, have excellent interpersonal, team, and client service skills, attention to detail, adaptability, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment.
-Candidates must be up-to-date on their tetanus vaccinations. Pre-exposure rabies vaccinations preferred (if unvaccinated, WHS can help coordinate once hired). WHS covers the costs of biennial rabies titer checks.
-Commit to treating animals and humans with kindness and respect.
-Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
Full-time staff are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including up to 2 weeks Vacation, 1 week Paid Time Off (PTO), and 6 paid Holidays within their first year. Paid time-off will be prorated based on the full-time hire date and is available after 45 days of consecutive employment. On the first of the month following 60 days of consecutive employment, full-time staff are eligible for these additional benefits:
-Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
-Group Term Life Insurance and Voluntary Life Insurance
-Short Term and Long Term Disability
-Flexible Spending Plans
-Health Savings Account (HSA)
-Aflac Supplemental Benefits
-Limited wellness care veterinary services for companion animals
All staff are eligible for the following benefits package on their hire date:
-403(b) Retirement Plan
-30% off discount on animal adoption fees
-10% off merchandise discount in our Animal Antics Store
-*Limited retail (i.e. apparel, pet food, special order merchandise), service fee, event, and education program discounts
*Available on the first of the month following 60 days of consecutive employment after the hire date.
To apply for this position, please visit our employment page at wihumane.org/employment to begin your online employment application. Only applications submitted through our online application system may be considered. Please know that it is our policy to reply to each and every application received once we have a status update.
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin. It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Door, and Brown Counties, as well as a Spay/Neuter Clinic in West Allis. The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, and veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs, and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the states busiest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group.