Employment Opportunities at WildCare

Education Specialist
Wildlife Assistant

Education Specialist

Department:  Education
Supervisor:  Director of Education
Part Time: 20 hours per week – four 5-hours shifts on weekday mornings
FLSA Status:  Non-exempt
Date: January 3, 2020

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. The programs of focus for this position are the Nature Van and Center Tours.
• 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
• 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 with occasional evening/weekend/holiday work required.
This is a part time hourly non-exempt position, which includes pro-rated vacation, sick and holiday pay. Compensation depending on experience.
To Apply:
Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and 3-5 professional references via email to eileenjones@discoverwildcare.org. Position is open until filled. No phone calls please.



Wildlife Assistant

Department: Wildlife Hospital

Supervisors: Clinic and Birdroom Managers

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

20 hours per week

Date: July 17, 2019


Position Summary

The Wildlife Assistant (WA) reports to the Clinic and Birdroom Managers and assists with animal treatment and volunteer management in both the songbird and clinic branches of the hospital. The primary goal is to ensure the highest quality and consistency of patient care through direct, hands-on care, management techniques, supervision and training of volunteers and interns in the Clinic and Songbird Hospital and enforcement of existing protocols.

The WA must be able to work collaboratively with equal sensitivity to the care of the animals and the needs and requirements of the volunteers and staff in order to build and maintain a respectful and professional culture within rehabilitation functions and throughout WildCare.

Animal Care Responsibilities

  • It is understood that all of the responsibilities listed here are performed with the supervision of the staff Veterinarian, Director of Animal Care and Managers.
  • Maintain smoothly operating shifts so that all of the tasks required to ensure excellent patient care and husbandry are completed by the end of each day for both songbird hospital and clinic animals. Duties include but are not limited to: orchestrating the flow of volunteers, daily feeding, medicating and cleaning of all patients, intake and physical exams of patients, administering necessary medical treatments, maintaining adequate supplies and insuring that preparation for the following day’s operations are complete by the end of the day.
  • Must be able to calculate and administer medications and fluids.
  • In collaboration with senior medical staff, develop and execute diagnoses and treatment plans for wildlife accepted under WildCare’s permits.
  • With senior staff approval, euthanize animals when necessary according to WildCare policy and AVMA standards.
  • Assist with selection of release sites and coordination of patient releases.
  • Must be cross-trained in and comfortable working in both Clinic and Songbird Hospital.
  • Must attend a minimum of one annual continuing education training in the field of wildlife rehabilitation or related medical/animal care field and present learned information to staff.
  • Help maintain positive relationships with other agencies and wildlife hospitals.

Managerial Responsibilities

  • Help ensure the highest quality and consistency of patient care by training others in and enforcing the implementation of WildCare patient care protocols by all medical staff members and volunteers.
  • Actively train and mentor Hospital Interns and Volunteers
  • Assist in teaching training classes for hospital interns and volunteers
  • Attend staff meetings and volunteer huddles
  • Build and maintain a collaborative, respectful and professional culture within rehabilitation functions, and help build and maintain the same culture across WildCare


  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years (“baby seasons”) providing hands-on husbandry for wild mammal and avian species in a wildlife hospital setting.
  • Specific experience required: must be able to syringe feed all ages of nestling songbirds
  • Ideally be proficient at tube feeding pigeons but not required
  • Basic wildlife intake and stabilization skills
  • Licensed, permitted and/or certified wildlife rehabilitator preferred, but not required.
  • Degree in biology, zoology, or related field preferred but not required
  • Due to nature of responsibilities with controlled substances, must pass state and federal background check and have no pertinent criminal history
  • Must have or be able/willing to get rabies prophylactic vaccine and titer check every 2 years
  • Ability to work flexible, constantly changing days and hours including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Computer literate, comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook) and other basic programs
  • Must be able to lift/move 50 pounds, endure long workdays in a physically and emotionally demanding setting while maintaining focus, accuracy and physical activities required by the job.

Desired Skills and Characteristics

  • Excellent team building and encouragement skills
  • Great organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to prioritize well, multitask and work well under pressure
  • Experience managing, teaching or mentoring, either in a group or individual context
  • Ability and willingness to follow directions and ask for clarification or assistance when needed


  • Pay for this position starts at $15.00 an hour
  • Hours available are minimum 8 hours a week but up to 32 hours a week depending on candidate’s availability. During baby season there is the possibility of up to 40 hours a week.
  • Working a regular Saturday or Sunday shift is a requirement.
  • No benefits other than sick pay earned.

WildCare does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age,

religion, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or mental or physical handicap.

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter, including 2 professional reference contacts (at least one of whom should be able to speak to your wildlife-specific medical experience) to:

Melanie Piazza
Director of Animal Care

Subject Line: Wildlife Assistant Application

Or mail to:         WildCare 76 Albert Park Lane  San Rafael, CA 94901

Review of applicants to begin immediately. Position(s) will remain opened until filled.