Wildlife Rehabilitator Apprenticeship

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Our WRR Animal Care Apprentices have a minimum of one year experience working with wildlife (rehabilitation experience preferred). This position involves substantial animal husbandry responsibilities, limited basic medical work, administrative duties (record keeping and telephone work), and fieldwork involving rescues, releases and transportation of animals. This opportunity is appropriate for individuals who have the potential to become entry-level animal caretakers but lack substantial experience in working with animals.

Established in 1977, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation receives over 7,000 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 212 acres in beautiful Texas Hill Country, near Austin and San Antonio.

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation has a limited number of openings for animal care apprenticeships. The apprenticeship is year long commitment, and offers advancements throughout the program to develop, grow, and become peer leaders. This opportunity is appropriate for individuals who have the potential to become entry-level animal caretakers but lack substantial experience in working with animals. A small monthly stipend is provided with onsite housing.

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. Apprentices will learn the natural history, life stages, diets, daily care, and environmental awareness of all these species to appropriately rehabilitate and release these animals back into their natural environment. This position is intense and involves substantial physical labor (must be able to lift 50 pounds) in all types of outdoor conditions, and can expect to work 50-75 hours per week. This position involves substantial animal husbandry responsibilities, limited basic medical work, administrative duties (record keeping and telephone work), and fieldwork involving rescues, releases and transportation of animals. Day-to-day responsibilities include feeding, cleaning enclosures, monitoring behavior and enrichment activities. You will also engage in public interaction and education through hotline shifts and working with volunteer.

Requirements

Desired candidates are mature individuals with the ability to handle physically and emotionally stressful situations, a demanding workload, long hours, and to work independently or as a team. Applicants should posses a strong personal work ethic, positive attitude, good public relations skills, and have a high level of integrity. A minimum one-year commitment to this position is required. Applicants must be dependable and willing to learn and do what is needed so that the animals can get their chance in the wild. A bachelor’s degree in a biology related subject and a background in animal care in wildlife rehabilitation are preferred. Rabies pre-exposure vaccinations are required, as well as a good driving record.

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