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Waynesboro, Virginia, United States
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As part of the rehabilitation team, wildlife rehabilitators are responsible for a variety of tasks, including animal care, husbandry, nutrition, and, most importantly, training. Primary duties of this position include:
I. Training
A. Train, supervise, and mentor rehabilitation intern, rehabilitation externs, animal care volunteers. This includes daily oversight as well as orientation and mid-term and final evaluations of rehabilitation intern and rehabilitation externs.
B. Train and mentor rehabilitation apprentices as needed.
C. Develop and lead educational programming for rehabilitation externs and veterinary and veterinary technician externs.
D. Assist in teaching veterinary and veterinary technician interns and externs about rehabilitation/caretaking protocols.
E. Teach developed courses to rehabilitators and volunteers as needed.
F. When travel funding permits, submit one abstract per year to speak at a national conference (NWRA, IWRC, etc.)
II. Animal Care
A. Provide excellent rehabilitative care to all animals at the facility.
B. Daily cleaning and feeding of all animals housed at the facility.
C. Evaluate patients for release. Monitor animal’s health, attitude, appetite, etc., and maintain written records of each animal’s progress. Report evaluations to veterinarians and participate in daily clinical rounds with veterinary staff to discuss medical cases.
D. Must be able to handle emotional aspects of euthanasia.
E. Exercise all flighted raptors daily and record progress in patient record.
F. Assist with restraint, examination, diagnostic procedures and treatment of animals.
G. Admit patients and complete associated records. May also examine and initiate first aid to patients or new arrivals in the absence of the veterinarian or technician, within constraints of training and experience.
H. Communicate with other permitted rehabilitators in the state to transfer healthy juvenile animals out of the hospital. Arrange for transportation to transfer site as needed.
I. In conjunction with veterinary staff, develop and improve rehabilitation protocols for birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.
J. On a regular basis and in conjunction with the Hospital Director, re-evaluate protocols and give input on accepted procedures.


 Bachelor’s degree preferred.
 At least one year of wildlife rehabilitation experience.
 IWRC Certified Wildlife Rehabilitation designation preferred.
 Pre-exposure rabies vaccination required. Provide proof of vaccination or adequate titer within the previous two years of start date.
 Demonstrated supervisory and managerial experience.
 Teaching experience required.
 Starts at $12.10 per hour, but negotiable based qualifications.
 One week paid vacation during the first year of employment.
 Paid sick and personal leave.
 50% Health insurance
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