Wanted Wildlife Rehabilitator

Love animals! Have a heart for nurturing! Then this is the job for you

Well what exactly do you do in this job, you ask? Well, the goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so ultimately they can be returned to their natural habitat. The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals Some things the animals you treat have gone through include nest tree destruction, vehicle collisions, unrestrained pets, illegal or legal wild "pet" trading, intentional or unintentional poisonings including oil contamination, window collisions, and non- target trapping or shooting result in wildlife distress.

Important information...

Hours: There are no actual set hours yet, it is a time consuming job and requires a lot of patience due to the lengthy process of recovery for the animals.

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.

Our mission and goals

Everyone who is a wildlife rehabilitator is committed to the value of educating the public about wild animals as individuals and as part of the intertwining web of life. Habitat preservation is essential to the continued existence of all creatures.

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

*Feeding animals

*Building and maintaining housing structures

*Examining animals and determining the best course of treatment

*Treating wounds and giving medications

*Public education

*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.