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North Carolina Zoo

North Carolina Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper


North Carolina Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper
 11 Months (Temporary)

Primary Purpose of the Work Unit:
The Veterinary Medical Division provides comprehensive medical care to the animal collection of the North Carolina Zoo. This medical care includes maintaining a preventive health  program, providing acute care for sick or injured animals, providing convalescent care for animals recovering from illness or injury, providing complete pathology services, and operating a full service clinical pathology laboratory.
Under direct supervision of the Director of Animal Health.
Primary Purpose of the Position:
This 11 month, 40 hour temporary position will report to the Veterinary Medical Services of the North Carolina Zoo. The Temporary Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper assists the staff at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, according to the guidelines set by the Zoo’s Director of Animal Health, for the medical care and husbandry of the wildlife center's diverse collection of live animals including all species of mammals, birds, reptiles (including venomous), amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The Temporary Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper assists the veterinarians with chemical and manual restraint, anesthesia monitoring, surgical assistance, sample collection, and diagnostic imaging. Under the direction of the veterinarian, calculates, dispenses and administers medications as prescribed. This position provides surgical support to the veterinarians by maintaining equipment and instrument sterility, patient preparation, and anesthesia induction, monitoring, and recovery.  In the absence of the Veterinarian and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Supervisor, they perform emergency procedures, which may include various diagnostic tests, administering drugs, attaching and operating various monitoring equipment, collecting appropriate biological specimens and performing euthanasia as directed.
At times, students and faculty from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) will visit the zoo, and in the absence of the Zoo’s Veterinarians and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s Supervisor, the Temporary Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper will be responsible for them. The Temporary Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper assists with the teaching of Veterinary students, Zookeeper interns, volunteers, Veterinary Technician students, temporary help, and other individuals as directed by the Director of Animal Health and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s Supervisor.
This position also provides daily, routine and intensive, care for any animals hospitalized or quarantined at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This position performs duties required by the Zoo Veterinarian and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s Supervisor to maintain and operate the center safely and efficiently. Participates in occupational health program due to potential exposures to zoonosis. This position has a rotating schedule that involves working evenings, holidays and weekends and involves indoor and outdoor work.  
  • General working knowledge of and experience with animal anatomy, physiology, diseases, treatments and restraint techniques.
  • General working knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation and conditioning native wildlife for release.
  • Ability to learn aseptic techniques, medications and surgical instruments with the ability to administer medication and injections to animals and to carry out specialized treatments under veterinary supervision.
  • General knowledge of the signs of common diseases of animals.
  • General knowledge of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish native to North Carolina.
  • Ability to manage emergency situations efficiently and effectively by determining priorities in a highly active and stressful environment.
  • Ability to both establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form and maintain detailed accurate records and files.
  • Ability to provide leadership and training to volunteers and unpaid interns
Other Requirements:
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to Central NC (i.e. heat, rain, or cold) and stand/walk for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to tolerate exposure to, outdoor allergens, dust, fumes, odor, loud noises, motion, and vibrations.
  • Ability to use radio, telephone, and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to safely operate and handle tools and equipment within the Medical Center.
  • Possesses sufficient cognitive ability, auditory and visual acuity and communication skills to perform essential duties and follow general safety practices.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, reaching, standing, walking, and lifting and carrying 30 lbs.
  • Must have ability to navigate paved as well as rough or uneven pathways.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Available to work (Monday – Sunday) (40 Hours per week)
  • Must comply with NC Zoo Dress Code and Appearance Policy
Department Information:
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.  NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

Primary Purpose of the Department:
The North Carolina Zoo exists for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all of North Carolina's citizens and visitors to the zoo. The mission of the zoo is to encourage the understanding of and commitment to the conservation of the world's wildlife and wild places through the recognition of the interdependence of people and nature. The Zoo displays, conserves and protects representative examples of natural beauty, plant and animal species and ecological features of the North American and African regions of the world through the presentation of live animal exhibits from these regions.



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Submit resume and cover letter, two letters of recommendation and three personal references via e/mail to

North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205

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