Houston Humane Society Wildlife Center seeks Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator works closely with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager and Technicians to make sure all animals in rehab are being properly cared for.
This position requires a positive, energetic person who likes challenges and isn’t afraid of change, a person who can lead, is self-motivated, can work independently and with others, can prioritize many tasks, and has a strong knowledge of animal care and how to deal with medical issues.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Be familiar with the history of the Houston Humane Society and HHS Wildlife Center
- Report to Wildlife Manager. Monitor and respond to emails.
- Turn in time clock adjustments to Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager before the end of each pay period.
- Facilitate proper communication up and down the chain of command.
- Must receive rabies pre-exposure vaccine and test titer levels regularly.
- Hire and train technicians, assign specific tasks for in-charge coordinators and criteria for them to meet – including disciplinary action as well as yearly reviews, and verbal and written feedback.
- Ensure all technicians are following protocols, monitor and mentor interns and volunteers to ensure all animal care procedures are being followed.
- Report any late or missed shifts to the Wildlife Volunteer Coordinator.
- Handle volunteer conflicts that cannot be resolved by the technicians – if the situation continues, notify the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager.
- Inform the Hospital Administrator of the number of volunteers signing up and which shifts are short.
- Gain knowledge of all species that we care for in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Department so you can assist at any time needed.
- Assist with animal care when needed, including rabies-vector species.
- Oversee that all aspects of animal daily care are followed including cleaning, feeding, medicating, enrichment, and proper cage set-up
- Ensure bug farm is properly cared for.
- Follow-up with any animal medical rechecks daily, including weight monitoring and health of all animals, running fecal floats as needed.
- ID animals ready for outdoor caging.
- Inform Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager of any long-term animals in the WRD who have issues and have shown minimal improvement.
- Perform euthanasia of critically ill or injured animals when necessary.
- Help with critical care animals when needed.
- Scan in Incident Reports to Office Manager/HR and give end-of-year report to Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager and Wildlife Director at the end of the year.
- Make sure animal daily care records are being filled out correctly and accurately.
- Enter animal daily care record weights and scan in to WRMD.
- Provide a weekly report to Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager of total of each species in room, availability of vacant caging, and number of animals waiting to be discharged.
- Contact and coordinate with rehabbers regarding animals that need to be transferred or go to outdoor caging.
- Maintain and transfer animal records in WRMD to rehabbers.
- Be available to assist in the event of an emergency (flood, power outage, etc.), when at all possible.
- Check items that are low and inform the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager.
- Help perform end of the year inventory, and inform the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager of any facility/equipment needs.
- Ensure spaces are clean and orderly and maintained to the highest standards for both animals and humans.
- Ensure technicians are delegating daily tasks appropriately and timely such that they are completed on schedule.
- Attend monthly Full Staff Meeting, providing updates, Other duties as assigned by Rehabilitation Manager, Veterinarian, or Wildlife Director.
- Bachelor’s degree (Required)
- Must have reliable transportation
- Must be able to start two weeks from job offer
- Must be able to pass a background check
- This job requires a person who can lead, is self-motivated, can work independently and with others, can prioritize many tasks, plan projects, and has a strong knowledge of animal care and how to deal with medical issues.
- Ability to work productively in an unstructured environment with frequent interruptions.
- Must be well-organized and able to effectively manage multiple tasks, projects, and responsibilities.
- Must possess problem-solving skills and take initiative when issues arise.
- Ability to work well with diverse groups of people.
- Ability to maintain a calm, respectful, and professional (yet assertive) demeanor when dealing with difficult situations.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Must be able to stand, bend, stoop, lift up to 30lbs, climb a step ladder, and read small text. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these duties
- Must be proficient in basic computer applications, including Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Publisher).
- 5 days a week, with open availability.
- Shift times vary, starting as early as 4:45am and as late as 11pm.
- Must be available to work 40 hours per week.
- Competitive and commensurate with experience.
HHS Benefits offered:
- Medical Benefits: Health/ Dental/ Vision (after 90 days)
- Pet care discounts: up to $700 annually
- Employee Discounts
- Paid Time off: after 6 months
- 403(b): matching up to 15% of compensation
- Holiday Pay
- FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
- Employee Assistance Program
Send resume, cover letter, and other documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Changing Office Locations:
The HHS Wildlife Center will be changing locations to a new and improved building in 2024. The new location will be 3100 W. Fuqua Street, Houston, TX 77045. All employees must be willing to work at the current location and switch to the new location after the move.