Organization: City Wildlife
Location: Washington, DC, us
Job or Internship:
City Wildlife, Inc. (www.citywildlife.org), located in Washington DC, is a 5 year old nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife in our nation’s capital through rehabilitation services, advocacy and education. With more than 7,600 acres of parkland, Washington is one of the ‘greenest’ cities in the United States and home to hundreds of wildlife species but historically has not had any wildlife rehabilitation services available for sick, injured or abandoned wild animals within its borders. City Wildlife was founded to change that situation and with the completion of its 3,000 sq foot indoor rehabilitation center, will soon provide the first critical care program ever for the many animals needing those services every year.
The Board of Directors of City Wildlife is seeking a skilled and motivated full time Clinic Director to launch its critical care pilot program for 6 months beginning June 1 (or as soon as a candidate is hired). The Board of Directors is actively working toward creating a long-term position.
The Clinic Director will report to the Board of Directors and be responsible for all wildlife care at the center (an estimated 750 animals between June and December). His/her primary responsibilities will include:
• providing the highest standards of animal care and adhering to the best practices in the profession, from intake to release
• establishing care protocols, with assistance from City Wildlife’s consulting wildlife veterinarian, to ensure appropriate, consistent and humane animal rehabilitation
• training and effectively managing volunteers; and communicating with the public
• equipping the clinic, ordering supplies, and maintaining inventory
• implementing policies for the health and safety of staff, interns, and volunteers
• maintaining accurate records and preparing data reports for local and federal agencies
• providing education to volunteers and residents about living humanely with DC’s wildlife
He/she will work closely with the Washington Humane Society/DC Animal Care and Control, the agency charged with picking up sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the city, and maintain strong ties with the region’s network of wildlife rehabilitators, transporting wildlife as needed. Animals to be cared for will include all species of birds; small mammals (such as squirrels, chipmunks, opossums and groundhogs); reptiles; and amphibians. Deer and rabies vector species (raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks and coyotes) will not be part of the pilot program.
An ideal candidate for the Clinic Director position will have:
• A wildlife rehabilitation license in any state; a veterinary license with a wildlife specialty; or vet tech certification.
• A minimum of 5 years experience working full-time at a wildlife rehabilitation center, or
equivalent clinical experience with wildlife.
• Excellent animal handling skills and knowledge of all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, including assessment, hydration, wound management, fracture stabilization, medications, parasite testing and treatment, feeding, housing, hygiene, release, and euthanasia.
• Good judgment in determining when a veterinarian is required.
• Strong organizational skills and background in clinical record keeping and data analysis.
• Demonstrated leadership and team building skills gained in high pressure environments.
• Excellent communication skills including fluency in the English language.
• Good health, stamina, and the ability to lift 40 lbs.
Hours, Benefits, and Compensation:
Full time, up to 6 months from the date of hire, with the possibility of continued employment. Up to $800/month total reimbursement for medical insurance. Sick days and holidays. Vacation time will accrue and be granted at the end of the 6 month pilot program.
Salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, prorated over the term of employment.
To apply, send cover letter and resume by e-mail (preferred) to: Anne Lewis, President, City
Wildlife, Inc. at email@example.com or by mail to: City Wildlife, Inc., PO Box 40456
Washington, DC 20016-0456