Wildlife Care Technician

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Mass Audubon

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Lincoln, MA, United States

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7 days ago

Location: Lincoln, MA

Sanctuary: Drumlin Farm

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.

About This Position

Mass Audubon is looking for an energetic, team-oriented, Wildlife Care Technician II 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 caring care for resident wildlife. Monitoring health, welfare, and enrichment of all wildlife. Educating Sanctuary visitors during animal health checks and routine feeding. Supporting the development of wildlife related educational materials. Acting as a public relations liaison for questions, problems and referrals about wildlife. Assist in the training of teachers in animal handling and husbandry. Assisting in the training of animals for program usage. Procuring wildlife food and maintaining materials and supplies

Duties & Responsibilities

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 and interns;
  • 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;
  • Direct the Wildlife Care operation in the temporary absence of the Wildlife Care Supervisor or Manager;
  • Perform additional related duties as requested.

Education

  • Support training and supervision of interns and volunteers on daily animal care tasks;
  • Assist in the writing and updating of manuals for volunteers, interns and staff regarding animal use policies, husbandry and enrichment;
  • Participate in special events educating the public;
  • Support education efforts through communication with teacher naturalists in preparation for wildlife programs and participation in education programs on caring for wildlife in captivity and wildlife rehabilitation;
  • Support educator training on wildlife handling (as commensurate with skills and supervisor approval);
  • Answer questions and educate the public about disabled, nuisance, and/or young animals and refer people to local licensed wildlife rehabilitator as appropriate;

Maintenance

  • Perform various building, exhibit and grounds maintenance projects required to support the Wildlife Care unit;
  • As needed, perform maintenance duties including opening and closing of buildings;
  • Assist with property tasks on an emergency basis as needed (for example, clearing snow around animal enclosures during storms);
  • Perform additional related duties as requested;

Qualifications

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 Haves:

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Veterinary Technician, Wildlife biology, or a related field.
  • Two years of experience as a technician in an animal care field required, at least some exposure to wildlife care, or related field.
  • 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.
  • A current rabies vaccination is required. If candidate does not possess current rabies vaccination, they may be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Familiarity with basic office computer applications (Word, Excel, etc.).

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $18-$21 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits and Perks

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).

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

The work schedule for this position involves 5 days per week, including one weekend day, for a total of 40 hours.

May be asked to work additional hours during peak weekday, holidays, or special events

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'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.

How To Apply

Please send letter of interest and resume to:

Flavio Sutti, Senior Conservation Ecologist / Wildlife Care Manager
dfwildlifecare@massaudubon.org

Job# 3897