Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager

Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager



HWC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, mission is to protect, conserve, and aid in the recovery of Hawai‘i’s native wildlife through hands–on treatment, research, training, science education and cultural programs. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager is responsible to efficiently develop and manage animal care operations at HWC and maintain the highest quality of care possible. The HWC hospital specializes in the care of over 70 different species and subspecies of native birds, including downed seabird response, and the Hawaiian hoary bat. The Rehabilitation Manager reports directly to the Center Director. Candidates must be able to professionally manage the wildlife hospital operations, satellite facilities, intern & volunteer program and partner with the veterinary team. Candidates should possess the ability to act decisively regarding constantly changing animal cases and situations for which there may be no existing protocols. Keen interest in wildlife conservation issues is a must.


  • Train and supervise animal care staff to set and maintain high quality of care standards, develop and refine species protocols and oversee rehabilitation treatment plans including, but not limited to, nutritional aspects (diets and formulas fed), pre-release conditioning, housing, release preparation, etc.
  • Work with animal care staff, volunteers and interns to provide daily care and treatments of animals.
  • Oversee and move animals through the rehabilitation process in a timely manner and ensure that animal care needs are being met.
  • Collaborate with the veterinary team to develop and carry out treatment plans and determine final disposition of animals undergoing veterinary care.
  • Work with animal care staff to determine final disposition of wild patients, to evaluate and ensure timely and appropriate release of all wildlife patients.
  • Keep Center Director apprised of animal intake, in-house patients and their status, animal care needs, quality of animal care, patient procedures, staffing schedules and programmatic needs.
  • Ensure that animals are being handled in a manner that maximizes human and animal safety and that staff are trained and following safety procedures.
  • Monitor, identify, perform, supervise enclosure and facility construction and maintenance needs, and assist in planning and developing future wildlife rehabilitation operations programs.
  • Ensure that protocols for infection control are being followed by animal care staff.
  • Maintain inventory and oversee the purchasing of animal diets and rehabilitation supplies within budget guidelines.
  • Directly supervise the scheduling, daily activities and performance of wildlife rehabilitators, interns and volunteers.
  • Maintain open lines of communication, including routine wildlife staff meetings.
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate rehabilitation staff, intern and volunteer training program.
  • Remain current and assist in keeping staff current on rehabilitation methods and captive care of wildlife through literature review, attending courses, meetings and workshops, and conferences when schedule and budget permit, presenting papers for publication, and networking with the rehabilitation community.
  • Oversee smooth and accurate operation of wildlife database and compile and analyze animal intake statistics for various reporting needs.
  • Oversee animal care health records and documentation of daily animal care, coordinate veterinary and diagnostic procedures.
  • Coordinate inter-island animal transports with rescue partners, volunteers, airlines, and volunteer pilots.
  • Communicate with state and federal wildlife agencies for T&E species notifications and other rehabilitation concerns within 24 hours of admission or disposition
  • Complete the annual state and federal wildlife reports for the Center Director’s signature.
  • Assist Center Director and other members of the wildlife management team with written policies and procedures as needed.
  • Develop and implement rehabilitation research, training programs and materials as needed.
  • Work with Education Animals to meet the USFWS requirements for education programs and enrichment – Including design and management of aviaries.
  • Actively engage in routine predator control measures to ensure the safety of our patients in care


  • Must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, or equivalent experience.
  • Familiarity with WMRD (Wildlife Rehab Medical Database) and online/paperless record keeping
  • Must have a minimum of three years experience working full time in a wildlife rehabilitation center or equivalent animal care facility with at least one year of supervisory experience.
  • Must have experience working with a wide variety of wild birds, including seabirds, and bats
  • Must have considerable knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation and rehabilitation facilities management.
  • Must be able to make euthanasia decisions and perform euthanasia procedures.
  • Must be willing and able to work daily with wild animals and have a good understanding of natural history and wild avian behavior.
  • Must have knowledge and experience in wildlife medicine equivalent to a veterinary technician level (be able to take radiographs, perform lab work, physical exams, take blood, give intravenous and subcutaneous fluids, initiate treatment, calculate doses and administer drugs, perform anesthesia and assist in surgery). Candidates with a registered veterinary technician or relevant medical background preferred.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Hawaii Drivers License with no record of major or repeated minor traffic offenses.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds of weight
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the USA
  • Preferred: skills and experience with Oiled Wildlife protocols and management, including federal/state requirements, and training. Must also have or be able to obtain 24hr HAZWOPER Training within 3 months of hire
  • Preferred: Ability and experience with seabird pools and regular maintenance 
  • Must be willing and able to travel for trainings, including neighbor islands and the pacific islands region (Guam, American Samoa, Saipan)
  • Pass background check, be able to work with school children in our education programs/events
  • Must abide by the NWRA Wildlife Rehabilitators code of ethics, and HWC Employment Manual at all times.

SALARY RANGE: $38,000 to 41,000 plus benefits and commensurate with experience.  Please email cover letter, resume, and three references in one document and titled with your last name to info@hawaiiwildlifecenter.org. Please put ‘Rehabilitation Manager Position’ in the subject line.

Date Posted: March 14, 2020

Date Needed: ASAP