Raptor Rehabilitation Technician
About the World Bird Sanctuary Rehabilitation Hospital:
The World Bird Sanctuary Rehabilitation Hospital cares for nearly 500 wild raptors annually as well as provides annual physicals and medical care for a collection of over 200 permanent resident birds. We strive to stay up to date with the best medical and rehabilitation practices to always provide each of our patients with exceptional care. Our hospital has experienced tremendous growth over the past 2 years with a renovation of our building, the installation of in-house x-ray equipment, the addition of a full-time, on-site veterinarian to our staff, and more. The high patient volume and constant additions and improvements to our facilities and equipment make our Rehabilitation Hospital a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. We are looking for a full-time staff member to join our team who shares our passion for excellence in all aspects of our work and our dedication to top quality patient care.
The Rehabilitation Technician is responsible for the daily patient care and operation of the rehabilitation hospital under the supervision of the Rehabilitation Director. The technician will be expected to follow established protocols as well as help develop new protocols in order to keep the hospital up to date on the highest standards of medical care. The technician will be responsible for monitoring both indoor and outdoor patients and determining when they are ready to move to the next stage of treatment. The technician will also be required to assist the staff veterinarian with surgeries and will be responsible for helping train interns and volunteers. The work week generally consists of four 10-hour work days though these may be longer or schedule may shift to five day weeks depending on the season and caseload.
• 2 years experience in wildlife rehabilitation.
• 1 years experience working with raptors
• Must be knowledgeable in appropriate methods of catching and restraining raptors and capable of both performing them and teaching them to others.
• Must be familiar with avian anatomy and capable of examining and assessing injuries and coming up with a treatment plan for them.
• Must be capable of calculating and administering IM, SQ, and PO fluids, meds, and tubing diets to birds of prey.
• Must be practiced in bandaging and wound cleaning techniques.
• Must be comfortable working long hours on feet in a variety of weather conditions.
• Must have good observation and communication skills.
• Must work well with others and be comfortable training and supervising volunteers and interns.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a large van.
• Must be self-motivated and disciplined with excellent work ethic.
• Completed degree in veterinary or biological sciences or other related field.
• Familiarity with usage of veterinary equipment such as anesthesia, autoclaves, and x-ray.
• Familiarity with basic lab diagnostics such as fecal floats, CBC, PCV, and TS.
• Capable of doing necropsies.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Oversee daily hospital treatments and ensure that daily tasks get done in a timely manner.
• Organize patients by priority of care.
• Prepare and administer medications, fluids, and tube feedings.
• Perform daily weight checks and clean cages of all inside birds.
• Provide medical treatments such as bandage changes, wound cleaning, and physical therapy for both wild patients and collection animals.
• Update patient dietary needs and assist in the preparation of food.
• Monitor indoor and outdoor patients for any potential health problems and report them to the Rehabilitation Director.
• Assess patients’ progress to determine when they are ready to move to the next stage of rehabilitation.
• Perform intake exams on new patients and triage them.
• Perform weekly exams and weight checks on outdoor patients.
• Maintain a high standard of cleanliness of equipment, facilities and indoor and outdoor cages.
• Collect samples and perform lab diagnostics such as fecals, basic bloodwork, and in house CBCs.
• Assist staff vet with surgeries and anesthesia equipment.
• Enter patient data into computer records.
• Perform maintenance on outdoor enclosures and perches.
• Interact professionally and courteously with the public both on site and on the phone.
• Coordinate rescue attempts of potential new patients with the finders and rescue group.
• Direct volunteers and interns in assisting with daily patient care and facilities cleaning.
• Train and supervise volunteers and interns on a variety of tasks until they have passed an exam on those tasks to do them unsupervised.
• Follow WBS’s existing hospital protocols and assist in developing new protocols in order to keep WBS’s Rehabilitation Hospital at the leading edge of best medical practices and techniques.
• Adhere to World Bird Sanctuary’s overall policies and code of conduct.
• Work as a team with fellow staff and contribute to the growth and future development of the Rehabilitation Hospital and Sanctuary as a whole.
Salary and Benefits:
• On-site housing provided for first 3 months
• Paid time off and sick days
• Options for health and dental insurance
• 3% matching 403b retirement
Send resume, cover letter, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org