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Joelton, TN, United States
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Walden’s Puddle provides care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned native Tennessee wildlife. We are the only professionally staffed wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in Middle Tennessee. We do not charge for services and we receive no federal or state funding at this time.We are currently hiring for animal care technicians to work directly with our wildlife patients, as well as our permanent educational residents. At least 3 years of hands-on animal care experience required; previous wildlife experience is a plus!
Qualified applicants will have an exceptional work ethic and be capable of receiving instruction and training, as well as retaining detailed information on individual patients, hospital protocols, specialized instructions and other communications. A high level of maturity and interpersonal skills, including the ability to follow specific direction and protocol, and communicate professionally with colleagues and the public is required. Ideal candidate will be reliable, punctual, have a good attitude, and be capable of working a demanding schedule, while performing at a high level during the long hours associated with wildlife care.
Must be able to lift a minimum forty (40) pounds. Work is performed both in and out of the wildlife center which requires lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other moderately strenuous activities.
Wildlife Rehabilitators work under the direction of the Animal Care Director and are expected to work without direct supervision.
Duties and Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
Performing examinations and basic rehabilitation assessments on incoming patients. Making triage decisions, administering medical treatments, and setting them up in proper caging. Maintaining animal care records and data entry of these records.
Fulfilling daily care plans of wildlife patients including but not limited to nutritional, caging and medical needs.
Ensuring that cages and facilities are cleaned and maintained daily, feeding schedules are adhered to and other animal care needs are met. Facility upkeep including (but not limited to) laundry, dishes, and custodial chores.
Training and mentoring volunteers, interns and seasonal staff. Delegating and ensuring satisfactory completion of tasks. Ensuring that animals are being handled in a manner that maximizes human and animal safety. Ensuring that protocols to minimize risk of contraction of zoonotic disease are being adhered to. Ensuring the animals are not cuddled, played with, or tamed, as this reduces the chance of successful rehabilitation.
Admitting animals from the public and providing assistance both in person and over the phone regarding animal rescues, transport, emergency care and human-wildlife conflicts.
Job Type: Full-time to Part-time
Salary: $8.50 /hour

Animal Care- 3 years (preferred)
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