Employment Opportunities at WildCare

Ambassador Program Manager

Education Specialist

WildCare Solutions Specialist — Humane Wildlife Management

Wildlife Solutions Technician Assistant

Ambassador Program Manager

Department:  Education

Supervisor:  Director of Education

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Approved By:  Executive Director

Date:  September 12, 2017

Position Summary

The Ambassador Program Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of WildCare’s Wildlife Ambassador Program including daily supervision of Wildlife Ambassador Volunteers, daily care of the Ambassador animals, and all educational aspects of the program as well as coordinating with all other WildCare Departments, especially Hospital and Development.

Responsibilities

Animal Care

  • Coordinate with the Director of Animal Care and WildCare’s Resident Veterinarian to arrange the procurement and disposition of all Educational Animals
  • Coordinate with medical staff for any procedures, treatments, yearly physicals or other medical care of the Educational Animals.
  • Responsible for the basic daily husbandry of the Ambassador
    Animals such as making and maintaining equipment, coping, etc.
  • Ensure all permitting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, CA Fish and Wildlife and USDA are up to date, all permits are readily available and that WildCare is operating in compliance with all of their regulations regarding housing, husbandry and animal use.
  • Ordering of all Ambassador Program supplies including, but not limited to, mice, rats, smelt, produce, training supplies and program supplies.
  • With assistance from Medical Staff, develop protocols for and oversee the daily care of all Educational Animals including, but not limited to, diets, housing, enrichment and training.
  • Set and enforce guidelines for all aspects of animal care and handling.
  • Monitor animals while being displayed in the courtyard, at programs and at any special functions.
  • Maintain up to date records on all Educational Animals health, care and weight records.
  • Perform basic facility maintenance of the Ambassador Animals’ housing, courtyard and basic aspects of the museum, including maintenance of the pool pump systems and updating Ambassador signage.

Volunteer Management

  • Recruit, train and oversee at least 30 Ambassador Volunteers, including scheduling, responding to interpersonal issues, providing advanced training, maintaining records on skill proficiencies and addressing general day to day concerns.
  • Provide interpretation training for volunteers to give them the skills to present informal courtyard presentations.
  • Provide animal handling training and continued support to provide the volunteers with the skills required to handle Ambassadors during on and off-site programs.
  • Make arrangements and schedule volunteer handlers for off-site programs, ensuring they have the skills required for the animals being presented.
  • Be available to cover shifts left uncovered by volunteers due to holidays and weekends.

Education

  • Develop and present off-site Wildlife Ambassador Programs to area schools, libraries, camps, senior centers and any other organization requesting a Program within a one hour radius of WildCare.
  • Book Ambassador Programs, coordinating with teachers and facilitators for the presentation of these programs, including arranging the animals attending, the program topic, times and logistics, costs and invoicing, scholarships, and arranging volunteer handlers.
  • Work with the Development Department for the use of Ambassador Animals at fund-raising functions or other Development venues.
  • Coordinate with the Camp and Center Tour Staff to arrange for Ambassador visits and interactions
  • Construct or acquire all needed items for any Ambassador presentations.
  • Fill in as a teacher, naturalist guide or presenter for Nature Hikes, Center Tours, Camps or Nature Van Programs as needed.

Other duties

  • Work with other Program Staff to recruit, interview, and hire Educational staff
  • Provide statistics on program usage for internal and external audits, tracking and grant writing
  • Represent WildCare at applicable organizations, events and other venues
  • Represent the Ambassadors and the Program in the planning stages of WildCare’s new site move

 

Qualifications

  • Experience developing and managing Environmental Education Programs
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Direct teaching experience in a formal and a classroom setting for ages Pre-K to senior citizens
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel and Filemaker.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience working with and handling wildlife
  • Minimum of 2 years experience working with raptors on the glove
  • Experience with positive reinforcement training techniques
  • 4 year degree or experience in applicable subject area

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Teaching credential
  • Comfortable using tools for basic enclosure repairs and improvement

Compensation:

WildCare offers a competitive salary and benefits. Salary DOE. WildCare is an equal opportunity employer.

Conditions of Employment:

Hiring is contingent upon receipt of a DMV driving record and a FBI/California Department of Justice background check.

To Apply:

By email or regular mail only, no phone calls

Email resume and cover letter to education to eileenjones@discoverwildcare.org.


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Education Specialist

Position Summary:
The Education Specialist’s primary responsibility is delivering wildlife programs to all ages.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting WildCare’s Education Department in the delivery of all of its programs, including Nature Van, Center Tours, Wildlife Ambassador, Nature Hikes, Wildlife Camp, and Event Tabling. Program of focus for this position is the Nature Van.
  • Presenting wildlife education programs for students in Pre-K through 12th grade, with the majority of programs being delivered to elementary age students. Programs take place at schools, camps, our center, and other special events as necessary. WildCare’s education programs serve eight counties within the San Francisco Bay Area. This position requires driving WildCare’s Nature Van (cargo van) to and from each program.
  • Developing and updating curriculum and educational materials for all of WildCare’s education programs, including incorporation of state science standards.
  • Supporting WildCare Education staff and volunteers with other functions and projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

To be considered for an interview, applicants must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below. The ideal candidate is someone who loves nature, enjoys teaching, has a rapport with children, and is flexible and organized.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Previous experience developing and delivering programs for students in Pre-K through 6th grade, in a related field
  • Strong class management skills
  • General knowledge of wildlife ecology
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to perform work without direct supervision
  • Excellent driving record
  • Competent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and Google Calendar
  • Must be able to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and bend to move teaching tools and interact with children.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience handling and/or presenting live animals in an educational setting
  • Experience providing care for captive wildlife in a professional capacity
  • Bilingual (fluent in both English and Spanish)
  • Completed relevant college course work in Animal Sciences, Environmental Studies, Teaching, or a related field
  • Experience teaching Middle School, High School, and adults
  • Working knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards

 

Conditions of Employment:

Hiring is contingent upon receipt of a DMV driving record and a FBI/California Department of Justice background check.  The Education Specialist will drive the Nature Van (cargo van) on a regular basis to deliver off site programs. Shift times vary day-to-day, beginning as early as 7AM and ending as late as 5PM, with occasional evening/weekend/holiday work required.

Compensation:

This is a full time hourly non-exempt position, which includes medical/dental/vision benefits, vacation, sick and holiday pay. Compensation depends on experience.

To Apply:

Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and 3-5 professional references via email to education@discoverwildcare.org. Position is open until filled. No phone calls please.

WildCare is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit wildlife hospital and environmental education center, located in San Rafael, California. Every year, our wildlife hospital takes in nearly 4,000 orphaned or injured animals and our education programs reach over 50,000 people. We lead the way in showing people how to live well with wildlife through a complete cycle of respectful, practical and humane practices. With programs in wildlife aid, animal advocacy and nature education, WildCare is a voice for wildlife throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

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WildCare Solutions Specialist — Humane Wildlife Management

Handyman / Construction Skills for Humane Non-Lethal Wildlife Control San Rafael

POSITION SUMMARY

WildCare Solutions is based in Marin County, with wildlife exclusion experts serving the North Bay, West Marin and parts of the East and South Bay. We are currently looking for independent contractors to work in all of our service areas, primarily Marin County.

The job of a Wildlife Solutions Specialist (Specialist) is a highly specialized role, one that is focused on problem solving for our customers and ensures that all animals are treated humanely and with respect.

We will provide on the job training for the right person. You must already have basic handyman/construction skills, a humane ethic, and a natural love and appreciation for wildlife. The skill set required for this position is multi-faceted. The individual will be required to learn about animal behavior and seasonal tendencies. In addition, the Specialist will need to become comfortable handling a variety of wildlife situations including but not limited to raccoons, skunks, opossums, bats, pigeons, foxes, squirrels, coyotes and owls. During the months that dependent young wildlife are likely to be present, the Specialist will work closely with each customer to educate them on seasonal behavior and receive commitment from the customer to not evict the dependent young.

Once wildlife has been humanely excluded from a residence or commercial establishment the goal is to solve the problem for the long-term by sealing up the entry points permanently. Construction background and handyman skills are required to succeed in this position to do an excellent job with any exclusion-related repairs the home might require. It is necessary that the Specialist knows how to use power tools, is comfortable climbing onto rooftops and has no hesitations going into crawl spaces and into attics. Part of the job also requires feces clean up and dead animal retrieval, often in difficult to reach spaces.
The job is varied and Specialists understand that each customer situation is unique. They are comfortable having conversations with customers who may be anxious about the situation and effectively educating them about conflicts with wildlife. Educating our customers and sometimes the general public is a key element to this job. Each customer interaction and call is an opportunity to educate the community about how to live well with wildlife.

WildCare Solutions has an excellent reputation in the community and our customers rely on us for humane non-lethal solutions to conflicts with wildlife who have made their dens within structures. Wildlife Solutions Specialists perform inspections of the exterior of homes, and as needed: the crawl space, roof and attic, and other structures, to identify damage caused by wildlife and potential points of entry into the structure. We then humanely and non-lethally evict any wild animal that has taken up residence in or under a house, and monitor the activity level. Upon confirmation that the animal(s) have vacated, repair any damage and secure the entry holes so no other animals can take over the vacancy. We do not trap and we do not kill animals, that’s one important distinction that sets us apart from other nuisance wildlife management companies.

QUALIFICATIONS

This position is preferably for someone based in the North Bay. We are looking for people with basic handyman/construction skills. You need to have your own power tools, cell phone, truck and regular access to an email account. A wildlife removal specialist respects, appreciates and understands the behavior of local wildlife. You don’t have to know it all, we will train the right person, but you must be interested and able to learn and retain. Experience working with wildlife and knowledge of animal behavior is a plus.

REQUIREMENTS

• Able to work with and manage a flexible schedule
• Basic handyman/construction skills such as using power tools, installing hardware cloth, replacing screen vents, trenching, caulking, cement work, etc.
• Excellent communication skills
• Must be reliable and show up at jobs on time
• Keep track of inventory and order supplies (hardware cloth, caulking etc.) when necessary
• Own your own power tools and truck or van
• Must own a smart phone and be able to use a square reader for invoicing in the field• Valid CA drivers license and insurance
• Background check
• Experience dealing with emotional and/or challenging customers; a wild animal in your house can be a distressing experience
• Comfortable climbing up ladders, under structures, onto rooftops, in tight spaces, knowledge and adherence to safety procedures
• Physically fit and able to lift 40 lbs.
• Comfortable asking for help when unsure of how to proceed
• Excellent problem solving skills
• Rabies pre-exposure vaccination required after successful completion of probationary and training period. Incremental reimbursement provided depending on duration of employment. )
• Have a natural love, appreciation and respect for animals
• Help train new independent contractors in humane wildlife exclusion techniques, as needed
• Enjoy working outdoors, with people and animals (hands-on contacts with adult wildlife is extremely rare)
• Must be organized and able to manage complicated scheduling with well-timed follow ups, ability to manage and prepare invoicing and receipts according to procedure and in a timely manner
• Based on findings during the inspection, must be able to provide accurate written estimates to customers on what the job will cost to repair any damage and seal points of entry after the animals have vacated

This contractor position is best considered a supplemental source of income, if you work hard, the money can be good but it is not equivalent to a full-time job; Spring and Summer are very busy, while Winter can be very slow.

Veterans encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit cover letter and resume by mail or email.
Position is open until filled.
No phone calls please.

Email to:
info@discoverwildcare.org

Mail to:

WildCare Solutions
76 Albert Park Lane
San Rafael CA 94901

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Wildlife Solutions Technician Assistant

Department: Solutions

Supervisor: Director of WildCare Solutions and Advocacy

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Salary: $15/hr.

Hours: Flexible, on call

Date: May 15, 2017

Summary

The primary function of the Wildlife Solutions Technician Assistant (Assistant) is to provide excellent and efficient customer service for WildCare’s Solutions program, a humane nonlethal wildlife management service. Under the supervision of the Wildlife Solutions Technician, the Assistant will perform light construction work on commercial properties and residential homes to identify and resolve breaches caused by wildlife and monitor activity of entry points. The Assistant will disperse accurate information to customers, educate them on wildlife behavior and foster a sense of empathy for wildlife. The Assistant often provides the first impression people have of WildCare, and revenue generated by these services funds WildCare’s lifesaving programs for wildlife.

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform basic repair and construction work on assigned jobs to ensure quality of work meets WildCare policies, procedures and standards and in accordance with law
  • Work with Wildlife Solutions Technicians and other Assistants to ensure projects are completed in a timely manner ensuring compliance with all code and safety regulations
  • Answer basic questions from customers regarding conflicts with wildlife in accordance with WildCare’s mission
  • Assist Wildlife Solutions Technicians to perform inspections of exterior of home, commercial buildings and other manmade structures, inspect crawl space, roof and attic to identify damage and entry points caused by wildlife, and identify attractants
  • Assist Technicians and Director in maintaining Solutions supplies and equipment, and tracking inventory

Qualifications and Desired Characteristics

  • Basic construction experience in both residential and commercial properties
  • Organized with good written and verbal communication skills, Spanish a plus
  • Flexibility in schedule due to seasonal fluctuations and busy periods; Solutions is very busy in the Spring and Summer and slower in the Fall and Winter.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service to customers of diverse backgrounds, sometimes under stressful or chaotic circumstances
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and shift priorities as necessary, and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a friendly, empathetic and professional manner.
  • Excellent judgment and humane ethic
  • Knowledge of wildlife and natural history, familiarity with methods to resolve wildlife conflicts, and knowledge of WildCare’s work a plus
  • Ability to advocate WildCare’s positions on wildlife issues
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times
  • Ability to work well under pressure, multi-task, and organize work load and priorities
  • Team player, ability to work well and communicate with the public, staff and volunteers, with demonstrated success working in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to follow directions as well as work with minimal supervision when necessary
  • Willingness and ability to work weekends and holidays as needed
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
  • Cash handling experience
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit cover letter and resume by mail or email.
Position is open until filled.
No phone calls please.

Email to:
info@discoverwildcare.org

Mail to:

WildCare Solutions
76 Albert Park Lane
San Rafael CA 94901