Wanted Wildlife Rehabilitator
Love animals! Have a heart for nurturing! Then this is the job for you
Salary: The average salary for Wildlife Rehabilitation is $43,123. If you were to work as a Wildlife Rehabilitation you could expect a starting salary of $35,513. You could make a salary of around $50,733 after some time.
Knowledge, education and training
-What kind of knowledge/ education do I need? Due to the important differences between wild animals and domestic animals, rehabilitators need a lot of knowledge about many species including their natural history, nutritional requirements, behavioral issues, and caging considerations. They also need to understand any dangers the animals may present to rehabilitators and must also be able to administer basic first aid and physical therapy to the animals.
-Is there any training I need? There are various requirements such as specialized training, participation in mentorship programs, facility inspections, and written or oral exams. There are also opportunities to continue your education by attending conferences, seminars, and workshops, to keep up with important information.
Some specific job duties
*Cleaning cages and other housing on a daily basis
*Building and maintaining housing structures
*Examining animals and determining the best course of treatment
*Treating wounds and giving medications
*Permit and licensing processing
*Documentation and record keeping for every animal
*Assisting during surgical procedures
*Drawing and analyzing blood samples
*Preparing and analyzing fecal samples
*Euthanizing animals that cannot survive their injuries
Frequently asked questions
- Where will I work and are there any risks? This job comes with working indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Wildlife rehabilitators can expect to get bit, and scratched regularly. There is also the risk of exposure to zoonotic diseases.
- Do I have co- workers? The co workers that will work side by side with you will include other wildlife rehabilitators and also veterinarians.