Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician

Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician


Full-time, Salary

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician (WRT) reports directly to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager (WRM) and supervises wildlife operations when the WRM is off-site.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician helps to ensure that the Hawaii Wildlife Center’s high standards for animal welfare are met through appropriate wildlife care practices, husbandry, and daily hospital maintenance tasks. The WRT also contributes to and sometimes leads projects that further HWC’s mission.

Must have a strong interest in learning about the natural history and conservation issues of native and migratory Hawaiian birds and the Hawaiian Hoary Bat, Hawai‘i’s only native terrestrial mammal. Experience in seabird and raptor rehabilitation is desired.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Understand and comply with the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center’s policies, code of ethics, philosophies, and protocols
  • Assist the WRM with wildlife in care from admission to release, including handling and restraint, intake exams, triage, critical care, provision of medical and nutritional treatment and support, charting progress and moving patients through the rehabilitation process in a timely manner
  • Perform routine diagnostics and assist with necropsies
  • Correctly identify avian species, learn natural history and developmental stages, diet and housing for appropriate care
  • Assist in the research and acquisition of supplies for wildlife operations
  • Maintain inventory of wildlife diets and care supplies
  • Assist in the WRM with research and updates to wildlife treatment and captive care protocols and procedures.
  • Assist in the training and maintenance of any permanent residents
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and sanitary environment in all wildlife areas through routine daily cleaning and disinfection of cages, enclosures, and wards
  • Maintain mealworm/bug colonies and any other live animals (rats, mice, birds, etc.) that may be used for live feeding.
  • Manage upkeep and improvements to recovery enclosures and pools, including cleaning substrate, building perches, and providing enrichment
  • Provide assistance and education to the public over the phone and in person, promoting a positive public image both on-site and off-site, including at outreach programs and career fairs.
  • Travel throughout the island driving the rescue vehicle or personal vehicle for bird rescue, supply pickup, public outreach and other
  • Coordinate with volunteers and rescue partners for rescues and transfers on other islands and arrange transportation to HWC
  • Manage and train volunteers in wildlife operations areas and assist the WRM with training interns
  • Collaborate with partners on Hawaii conservation and rehabilitation projects as needed
  • Other duties as required or assigned

Qualifications required:

  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of experience with the daily routine of working with a variety of avian species in a rehabilitation setting
  • Must have a degree in biology or wildlife management from an accredited university or equivalent experience
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete medical records and database entry
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with coworkers, interns, volunteers, and the public
  • Knowledge of island ecosystems and Hawaiian culture preferred
  • Knowledgeable of housing requirements for avian and bat species, experience providing maintenance to such housing and comfortable using hand and power tools
  • Must have a positive “Can do” attitude, be able to handle stressful situations calmly, demonstrate professionalism, exhibit a strong work ethic and be able to handle physically rigorous work as well as tedious routine work.
  • Ability to take direction and carry out assignments in a timely manner, whether working independently or as a team
  • Must have initiative and motivation to identify projects, take charge of daily tasks and learn specific medical and rehabilitative care of various avian species
  • Willing to make a commitment to the organization’s mission, vision and values as well as to the native wildlife of Hawaii
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Legally entitled to work in the United States
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid Hawaii drivers license with no record of major or repeated minor traffic offenses

Salary: $31,500/year.The WRT is expected to be available to stay late and start early if needed, in addition to working on weekends, having weekdays off and working when the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager is not present.

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, prescription start after 1-month of employment; and 10-vacation days a year after passing 6-months probationary period.

Application Process: PLEASE FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS PRECISELY. Email a cover letter, resume/CV, and three professional references in one document labeled with your last name. Email to:  info@hawaiiwildlifecenter.org with the subject as “Wildlife Technician Position”. We appreciate your attention to detail on this.

Application Deadline: All documents must be received by April 22nd, though interviews will start as soon as the first week in April. We will interview via Skype or FaceTime and will contact you if we would like to set up an initial interview.

Start Date: We expect the WRT to be ready and able to start work on Tuesday, May 14th. You will spend the first couple weeks in training with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager learning the basics of the position. Due to the needs of the wildlife hospital, start date is firm.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please.