Wildlife Care Fellow

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Mass Audubon

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Lincoln, MA, United States

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About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position
Mass Audubon is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just organization and to providing greater access to nature for everyone. Part of this work requires us to address the historic inequities within the environmental and conservation fields, which is why the Environmental Fellowship Program for Early Careers (EFP) was created. The EFP is a unique program designed to increase pathways into environmental professions for people whose identities have been historically underrepresented. Each 14-month fellowship is hosted within one of five departments: Land Conservation, Conservation Science, Policy and Advocacy, Marketing and Communications, or Environmental Education. Our fellows will have the opportunity to tackle some of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time while working alongside a passionate and dedicated team of professionals. In addition to professional experience, the fellows are given opportunities for networking, mentoring, and skill development within a supportive cohort model.

Mass Audubon’s Action Agenda is a five-year plan to address the rapid loss of wildlife habitat, inequitable access to nature, and the threat of climate change. The animal care department provide access to nature to underserved communities with its outreach programs and supports the education department in increasing knowledge and dedication to nature. The Wildlife Care Fellow will be part of our Drumlin Wildlife Care Team, based out of Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Sanctuary in Lincoln, MA. The Wildlife Care Fellow is committed to protecting the nature of Massachusetts through animal care activities and education projects.

How to Apply

  • Please complete the ADP application below by clicking the “Apply” button at the bottom of the page – submit both a resume and a cover letter.
  • Submit the Wildlife Care Questionnaire: https://forms.office.com/r/jhFeF32SWz *On average, it takes 1-2 hours to complete the questionnaire. Past applicants have benefited from previewing the questions ahead of time and then setting aside time to complete and submit the form.
  • Complete Applications (resume, cover letter, questionnaire) are due by Monday, February 6th, 2023 by 11:59 PM EST. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Learn more about the Environmental Fellows Program during an upcoming virtual information session for the 2023–2024 application cycle. Interested applicants are encouraged to register for this opportunity to hear from current fellows and ask questions about the program:

  • Thursday, January 12: 6:00-7:30 pm EST
  • Thursday, January 26: 6:00-7:30 pm EST

The Wildlife Care fellowship at Drumlin Farm provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience caring for many wildlife species and to learn about their natural history. The fellowship is a full-immersion, apprentice-style job training and will give the fellow a chance to be involved in most aspects of animal care.

The fellow will help with daily animal care chores, involving cleaning and feeding our animals and maintaining our building. They will learn about the importance of training, enrichment, and habitat design. As fellows will learn which of the many components of Wildlife Care interests them the most, they will work on a personal project to better Wildlife Care. The fellow will also have the chance to improve their supervisory skills by having the chance to manage, at times, the work of volunteers and interns. Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Extensive training on how to handle, prepare diets, transfer, maintain habitats, and care for wildlife animals such as birds, reptiles, and mammals
  • Co-develop community education programming on wildlife for Mass Audubon visitors and staff
  • Design, execution, and recording of daily enrichment activities for wildlife
  • Habitat design work, including: carrying large branches and logs for re-perching bird enclosures, identifying and cutting browse for use in enclosures, use of small power tools for building projects, and planting small trees and bushes
  • Grounds work, including: raking leaves, shoveling dirt or sand, pulling weeds, transplanting native species, shoveling snow, and using a wheelbarrow
  • Collaborate in animal training
  • Learn how to handle animals for educational purposes, perform wildlife education programs, and interact with the public
  • Learn how to conduct lab work
  • Train and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Perform additional related duties as requested.

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree by the start of the fellowship. Degrees or fields of study especially suitable for this work include: Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies and sustainability, Veterinary technician or a related field
  • A commitment to practicing conservation through a lens of equity, inclusion, and access
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Solid skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the projects listed above
  • Ability to work in a physically demanding, fast-paced work environment in all types of terrain and in all weather conditions
  • Experience educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Current rabies vaccination

Compensation, Benefits and Perks
This position’s base salary range is $50,000 - $55,000; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Work Schedule
Full-time schedule of 40 hours, Monday through Friday.

Other Requirements
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations
Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mass Audubon’s mission is to “protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife” by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.