Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprenticeship

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History: Established in 1977, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (WRR) receives over 6,000 wild animals per year for rehabilitation and release as well as providing permanent sanctuary for more than 600 resident non-releasable indigenous wildlife, exotic wildlife (large mammals, primates, reptiles and birds) and farm animals. Wildlife Rescue is located on 187 acres in beautiful Texas Hill Country, near Austin and San Antonio.

Description: This one-year apprenticeship combines hands-on training and related classroom instruction during which participants will learn the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to excel in the fields of wildlife rehabilitation and animal care. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprentice (WRA) concentrates on the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native Texas wildlife, with some attention to domesticated farm animals, companion animals and non-native small animals. This program is designed for individuals who have some previous experience in wildlife rehabilitation or animal care but require more thorough development of animal handling and husbandry skills in order to obtain full-time employment in the field.
Participants advance through three levels of apprenticeship designed to challenge and continuously develop a wide variety of skills: Junior Apprentice, Apprentice, and Senior Apprentice. Each level builds on the skills developed in the previous section, and progress through the program is determined by individual performance.

Compensation: A monthly stipend of $200-$550 dollars is granted, dependent on individual progress through the program. On-site housing is provided.

Availability: There are three training classes each year, with limited openings in each training class. Applications are accepted year-round for any of the upcoming training groups.

Responsibilities

Apprentices will be working with a wide variety of Texas native avian, mammal, and reptile species. These animals include, but are not limited to, skunks, opossums, raccoons, songbirds, doves, squirrels, deer, waterfowl, poultry, turtles, and tortoises.
- Understand and abide by WRR policies, philosophies and code of ethics
- Learn the natural history, life stages, diet, daily care and housing requirements for a variety of Texas native avian, mammal and reptile species
- Understand and participate in the process and stages of wildlife rehabilitation including rescues and releases
- Carry out substantial animal husbandry duties consisting of feeding, cleaning and maintaining enclosures, and enrichment activities
- Undertake basic medical work including administration of prescribed medications and treatments
- Conduct behavioral observations and maintain detailed caretaking records
- Demonstrate proper understanding and practice of safety procedures
- Develop interpersonal communication and leadership skills
- Complete administrative duties including paperwork and recordkeeping
- Participate in public education through the WRR hotline service

Requirements

- Minimum 1- year animal care experience required, with wildlife and/or rehabilitation experience preferred
- Bachelor’s degree required, animal-related field preferred
- Commitment to completion of the one-year program
- Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays
- Ability to work long hours (50-70 hours per week) in all weather conditions
- Ability to lift 50lbs, twist and bend, and spend long periods of time on your feet
- Capable of handling physically, mentally and emotionally stressful situations
- Competent in working independently and as part of a team
- Possess a strong personal work ethic, positive attitude and high level of integrity
- Meningitis, Tetanus and Rabies pre-exposure vaccines are required
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record are required

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