Job Title: Wildlife Technician (Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant)
NOTE: The official title is “Wildlife Technician” because it had to be selected from a list provided by the government of Canada. More accurately, the job is a Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant.
The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (CWRC) has a mission to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation to sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife and return them to suitable habitat. CWRC looks after all bird species in Nova Scotia as well as small mammals and reptiles; the organization’s specialty is large birds of prey such as owls, bald eagles, and osprey. CWRC has the only continuous flyway for eagle rehabilitation in Canada and rehabilitates about 20 eagles each year, although this number was 35 in 2019. CWRC occasionally works with species at risks but care is provided to all birds and most smaller wildlife under the organization’s mandate to ensure other species don’t become vulnerable and to maintain the organization’s expertise for situations where species at risk require care.
Additional summer staff are essential to CWRC because of the number of orphaned baby animals that are taken into care each year. Baby animals require frequent feedings over a longer day (typically 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days/week). Furthermore, additional measures must be taken to avoid imprinting and human habituation. In addition to direct wildlife care, CWRC works to educate the public about wildlife issues, especially how human activity can negatively impact wildlife. CWRC has been an international leader in education about the environmental impact of lead from hunting ammunition and fishing tackle. Some past volunteers and contract employees, including summer students, have gone on to related jobs in veterinary medicine and animal care and management.
INITIAL TRAINING AND ORIENTATION:
Learn and practice safe work habits, including appropriate use of personal protection equipment such as gloves, face shields, etc.
Learn and practice safe protocols for cleaning enclosures.
Learn and practice safe protocols for feeding wildlife.
Learn and practice standard protocols for responding to public inquiries
Learn and practice wildlife interaction that minimizes contact / stress / human exposure for wildlife in care
The following tasks will vary depending on the individual’s skills, aptitudes, and comfort level with various tasks; there are many learning opportunities but nobody is asked to do something that makes them uncomfortable.
Daily animal care including preparing food, feeding animals, cleaning enclosures, and maintaining clean workspaces
Answer the telephone / respond to public inquiries
Receiving and admitting new patients including initial health assessments; this includes learning about the biology of different types of wildlife, ex. birds vs mammals vs reptiles
Monitor wildlife in care for signs of stress and how they are responding to care (what they are eating, how much they are eating)
Monitor enclosures for signs of damage; help with enrichment of enclosures for mental stimulation of wildlife in care
Administer medications under supervision / veterinary direction and in accordance with the terms of our wildlife rehabilitation permit
Safely handle wildlife, including processing new intakes, moving wildlife between enclosures or while cleaning enclosures, and onsite capture for release
Additional tasks as needed and based on the interest and aptitude of the individual.
Must be minimum 18 years of age for insurance reasons.
Must be willing and able to follow directions, both oral and written.
Must be reliable and punctual.
Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
Some wildlife knowledge or experience is an asset.
Some animal care experience (not including pets) is an asset.
Current tetanus shots are highly recommended and will be considered an asset.
Hours: 35 hours / week, variable hours including evenings and weekends; CWRC operates from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily in the spring and summer.
Pay: $12.95/hour + 4% vacation pay
Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 3, 2021.