Wildlife Care Technician I

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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 massaudubon.org.

About This Position
Mass Audubon is looking for an energetic, team-oriented, seasonal Wildlife Care Technician to perform the day-to-day care for non-releasable wildlife at Drumlin Farm, with its diverse collection of exhibit and program animals consisting of mammals, birds (including raptors), amphibians, and reptiles. Position responsibilities include feeding and diet preparation, maintaining and cleaning of animal enclosures, behavioral observation, record keeping, exhibit maintenance, and providing environmental enrichment.

Application Instructions
Please submit a resume and cover letter with your ADP application.


  • Care for wildlife:
    • feed approved diets
    • clean and disinfect cages and enclosures
    • assist with response to medical needs of wildlife and consult with veterinarians as needed
    • transport animals
    • create and provide daily animal enrichment
    • perform lab work as needed
    • assist in socializing and conditioning animals for use in programs
  • Support compliance with all applicable state and federal permits relating to the possession of program and display animals
  • Train and supervise volunteers
  • Participate in education programs on caring for wildlife in captivity and wildlife rehabilitation, including developing curriculum, leading tours, and answering questions from the public
  • Perform various building, exhibit, and grounds maintenance projects required to support the Wildlife Care unit

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 be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma minimum, preferred college degree in Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Veterinary Technician, Wildlife biology, or a related field
  • Prior animal care experience required
  • Knowledge of wildlife biology and related natural history topics
  • Demonstrate a sincere passion for working with captive wildlife
  • Ability to communicate easily with staff and the public
  • Must be responsible and self-driven with the ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

Compensation, Benefits and Perks
This position’s pay range is $15.72-$17.68/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. This position is eligible for health insurance benefits.

Work Schedule
This position starts in July and ends in December 2024. The work schedule for this position will be either Tuesday-Saturday or Sunday-Thursday, 40 hours/week.

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

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.