Position Title: Manager of Wildlife Rehabilitation
• The Manager will report to the MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre Board of Directors.
• Lead and train a flexible team including staff, volunteers and student wildlife rehabilitators to ensure proper capture, retrieval, admission, housing, rehabilitation, euthanization, vehicle or air transport and release of wildlife.
• Ensure effective development and functioning of the wildlife rehabilitation team through hands-on training, external training (as and when appropriate), constructive feedback and group educational sessions.
• Ensure a positive, professional and safe working environment for team members.
• Oversee rehabilitation of a variety of local birds (nestlings, fledglings, adult), deer fawns, raccoon kits and other small mammals.
• Oversee vehicle or air transport of animals requiring care via other facilities, i.e. seal pups.
• Ensure clean and safe housing is provided to each animal in MARS’ care.
• Ensure accurate record keeping for each animal in MARS’ care.
• Oversee the care, housing and enrichment activities of the ambassador birds in MARS’ care including the renewal of permits.
• Ensure safe handling, storage and record keeping of the medications and other hazardous substances.
• Maintain a record of wildlife rehabilitation protocols and see to their proper implementation and update as necessary.
• Maintain up-to-date provincial and federal licensing for the MARS hospital.
• Maintain currency in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and the prevention of conflicts between humans and wildlife by networking with other wildlife rehabilitation organizations and reviewing relevant literature.
• Liaise with local veterinarians, regional wildlife care centres, transportation providers and community organizations in support of the goals and objectives of MARS.
• Prepare annual budget and ensure the MARS hospital operates within the allotted budget.
• Take part in educational fundraising and public relations activities as needed including communications with the media.
Education, Skills and Experience:
The ideal candidate will have:
• A university or college degree in a related field or the equivalent experience
• A minimum of five years experience working with a licensed wildlife rehabilitation centre
• Experience managing staff and/or volunteers
• Familiarity with local birds and mammal identification, behaviour and life cycle
• Advanced skills in the rehabilitation of the wildlife species handled through MARS including the ability to conduct physical examinations and make assessments of long-term viability, nutritional needs, housing and releasability
• Superficial medical care skills including wound cleaning and suturing, injections and fracture immobilization
• Familiarity with local wildlife parasites, diseases and treatments
• Good written and oral communication, organization and management skills
• Proficient computer skills
• Must currently be legally entitled to work in Canada (proof required)
• Possess a valid BC Driver’s license with good driving record
Please submit the following by mail or email by January 2, 2019
• A cover letter
• A resume
• Contact information for three references (at least two former employers)
Addressed to: MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre
PO Box 415, Merville, BC V0R 2M0 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: Personnel Committee