Employment Opportunities

Posted September 15, 2019 - Two positions available, open until filled

Seasonal Assistant Wildlife Rehabilitator (October 2019 - February 2020)  ONSITE HOUSING AVAILABLE IF NEEDED

Purpose: To assist the senior rehabilitation staff with the daily care of the patients at the wildlife center.

Duties and Responsibilities

To fulfill the daily tasks as assigned by the senior staff, including but not limited to the following:

·      Follow opening and closing procedures

·      Follow animal care plans, including appropriate diets and medication administration, animal husbandry needs, cleaning cages, hand-feeding patients (including tube feeding and gavage feeding), and assisting with ICU patients that cannot be handled by interns or volunteers

·      Ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of all areas, including corridors, pens, aviaries, pools, treatment room, kitchen, storage areas, and public spaces

·      Record progress, digress, and maintain appropriate patient charts with up-to-date and accurate details

·      Communicate with senior staff on patient progress, issues, supply needs, and other important details

·      Assist with training and supervising volunteers and interns, and ensure satisfactory completion of tasks

·      Drive own vehicle to assist with or coordinate rescues and releases as needed

·      Accept and admit animal admissions from the public, communicate with the public and potential donors in a respectful manner in an effort to raise awareness and provide education regarding our mission (both in person and on the phone)

·      Work in a humane, responsible, and professional manner

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Work is performed both inside and outside during all weather conditions, and requires lifting, bending, stooping, pushing, and other moderately strenuous activity. Standing for long periods of time, and walking on uneven terrain. 

Minimum Requirements

·      A minimum of two-years of college-level education, or the equivalent in experience, with a proven interest in wildlife rehabilitation 

·      A minimum of 6 months experience working at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, experience with both bird and mammal species, including raptors

·      Good communication and organization skills, able to multi-task and work well as part of a team as well as independently 

·      Supervisory experience and ability to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing

·      Must possess a valid Washington state or out-of-state driver’s license with no major or repeated traffic offenses 

 Send resume and cover letter to Suzanne West, Executive Director  suzanne@sarveywildlife.org

Salary based on experience.  


Sarvey Wildlife is seeking a full-time wildlife rehabilitator to add to our staff. Applicants must have experience caring for a variety of bird (including raptors) and mammal species found in Washington state. The applicant should be organized, hardworking, and efficient. Be specific regarding the species you have rehabilitated and approximate annual intake numbers from the facilities where you have worked.

Please note that work in wildlife sanctuary settings is not wildlife rehabilitation and the hours worked there are not applicable to training to become licensed in our state.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Ability to provide quality care of patients admitted for rehabilitation; including intake exams, developing treatment plans, dosing medications, performing diagnostic exams (i.e. radiographs, blood draws, cultures, wound care, fecal analysis), and euthanasia, if required
  • Communicate with managers, staff, and consulting veterinarian to coordinate appropriate diagnostics and treatment plans, as needed
  • Provide appropriate animal husbandry, nutrition, and enrichment to promote healing 
  • Ability to hand-feed infant patients, including tube and gavage feeding 
  • Follow patient care plans, protocols, permit conditions, and maintain accurate patient records
  • Clean and disinfect all areas, as necessary, to maintain a safe and sanitary environment throughout the wildlife hospital
  • Provide oversight, direction, and training of volunteers and interns
  • Answer phones and assist/advise callers regarding wildlife related issues and concerns
  • Perform other duties, as assigned, to ensure the best possible patient care, enhance the operation of the organization, and ensure a positive public image 

Required qualifications

  • A minimum of one-year wildlife rehabilitation experience 
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professional, responsible, caring
  • Proof of current rabies vaccination or willingness to get vaccinated prior to start date
  • Experience capturing, handling and restraining non-domestic animals
  • Ability to work in a high stress, fast-paced environment
  • This position may require a background check
  • Must have a valid WA state wildlife rehabilitator's license or meet the criteria to apply to take the exam once hired. Please note: qualified applicants must have 1000 hours hands-on experience within the past 3 years to qualify for the state exam and an additional 500 hours of raptor experience for the raptor endorsement. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Euthanasia certification
  • LVT
  • Experience with cervids and bats
  • 4-year degree in related field

Physical demands 

  • Ability to have full range of motion and movement, stretching and bending, standing for long periods of time, and ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions

Benefits and Salary 


PTO (Paid Time Off) and Sick Leave available 

Medical benefits available. 

Starting salary based on entry level experience ($12.50 to 13.00/hr) 

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter to Suzanne West, Executive Director via email: suzanne@sarveywildlife.org  - No calls please