The Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, mission is to protect, conserve, and aid in the recovery of Hawai‘i’s native wildlife through hands–on treatment, research, training, science education and cultural programs. We are a federally and state permitted wildlife rehabilitation center with operations throughout the state of Hawaiʻi and provide quality and humane care for over 70 different species and subspecies of native birds and the Hawaiian hoary bat. The Oʻahu Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager is responsible for managing native Hawaiian wildlife response, stabilization and animal care operations at the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center: Oʻahu Satellite located at the Honolulu Zoo and ensure that the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center’s high standards for animal welfare are met through appropriate wildlife care practices and husbandry. The Manager is also responsible for managing the Oʻahu Seabird Aid program during seabird fallout season and to coordinate care with the main facility on Hawaiʻi Island. The Manager represents the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center and its mission and values during training, educational and cultural programs as well.
The O‘ahu Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager reports directly to the Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Veterinary Medicine. Candidates must be able to professionally manage the Oʻahu Satellite operations in coordination with the DWRVM, Feather and Fur Animal Hospital and the Honolulu Zoo. Candidates should possess the ability to act decisively regarding constantly changing cases and situations for which there may be no existing protocols. Candidates must have experience in seabird rehabilitation and be able to handle the rigors of seabird fallout season, when 300-600 birds come through the Oahu Seabird Air Program and 30-70 birds may need to be evaluated per day during the peak fallout. Keen interest in wildlife conservation issues is a must.
SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- Work with the DWRVM for stabilization, animal care and rehabilitation protocols and procedures. Maintain open lines of communication with the Hawaiʻi Island facility and keep the DWRVM apprised of satellite operations, including animal intakes, patient care plans, staffing, volunteer and intern schedules, and any programmatic needs.
- Evaluate and stabilize native birds and bats dropped off by the public or transferred from Feather and Fur Animal Hospital. Transfer long term rehabilitation patients or those needing bigger enclosures to the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center Hawaiʻi Island Facility
- Send notifications to state and federal wildlife agencies about any T&E species within 24 hours of admission or disposition
- Move birds through rehabilitative program in a safe and timely manner. Train and supervise animal care staff to set and maintain high quality of care standards. Work with volunteers, interns, zoo staff and seasonal wildlife staff to provide daily care and treatments of animals. Ensure that animals are being handled in a manner that maximizes human and animal safety and that biosecurity protocols are being followed by animal care staff
- Maintain current and accurate animal care health records and documentation of daily animal care on the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center’s WRMD database.
- Directly supervise the scheduling, daily activities, and performance of interns, volunteers and seasonal staff. Maintain open lines of communication and clear responsibilities and roles.
- Maintain inventory of satellite facility and oversee the purchasing of animal diets and rehabilitation supplies within budget guidelines.
- Remain current and assist in keeping staff current on rehabilitation methods and captive care of wildlife through literature review, attending courses, meetings and workshops, and conferences when schedule and budget permit
- Work with the DWRVM and Hawai‘i Island facility staff to build internship and volunteer programs.
- Receive bird patients at the Honolulu Zoo. Birds may be dropped off by the public or HWC volunteers.
- Coordinate Oʻahu Wheels for Wildlife Volunteers to set up bird transports and wildlife rescues. Company vehicle is typically available during fallout season, but off-season transports and rescues may require use of personal vehicle. Milage for transports and rescues using a personal vehicle will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate.
- Coordinate with Hawaiʻi Island staff to set up commercial flights or Coast Guard AUX flights for birds
- Manage O‘ahu-based wildlife programs, including Manu o Kū soft release and Oʻahu Seabird Aid (OSA is seasonal, September-December). Work with seasonal animal care staff during fallout season.
- Provide assistance and education to the public over the phone and in person. Represent HWC at public events to share about the organization’s wildlife work, conservation efforts, and to recruit additional Wheels for Wildlife volunteers.
- Other duties as required or assigned
- Must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, or equivalent experience.
- Familiarity with WMRD (Wildlife Rehab Medical Database) or other electronic medical records systems
- Must have a minimum of three years experience working full time in a wildlife rehabilitation center or equivalent animal care facility with at least one year of supervisory experience.
- Must have experience working with a wide variety of wild birds, including seabirds, and bats
- Must have considerable knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation
- Must be able to make euthanasia decisions and perform euthanasia procedures
- Must be willing and able to work daily with wild animals and have a good understanding of natural history and wild avian behavior.
- Must have knowledge and experience performing lab work, physical exams, taking blood, giving intravenous and subcutaneous fluids, initiating treatment.
- Must have or be able to obtain a valid Hawaiʻi Drivers License and have no record of major or repeated minor traffic offenses.
- Must have personal vehicle to use for occasional wildlife transports or rescues when volunteers are not available and it is a critical case or endangered species (miles will be reimbursed, a company vehicle may be available during busy season)
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds of weight
- Must be able to multitask and handle the rigors of fallout season when 30-70+ birds may need to be assessed daily and quickly moved through the program
- Must be legally entitled to work in the USA
- Pass background check, be able to work with school children in education programs/events
- Willing to work during weekends and have a set schedule set based on the needs of the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center and patient cases
- Must abide by the NWRA Wildlife Rehabilitators code of ethics and HWC Employment Manual at all times.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS PREFERRED:
- Preferred: skills and experience with Oiled Wildlife protocols and management, including federal/state requirements, and training. Must also have or be able to obtain 24hr HAZWOPER Training within 3 months of hire
- Preferred: Experience with seabird pools and regular maintenance
- Preferred: Know how to swim
SALARY RANGE: $44,000-$48,000 plus benefits and commensurate with experience.
How to Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and three references in one document and titled with your last name to email@example.com.Please put ‘Oahu Rehabilitation Manager Position’ in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please.
Date Needed: August 1, 2022
About Hawai'i Wildlife Center
The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center (HWC) is a state- and region-wide 501(c)(3) nonprofit wildlife response and conservation organization. We provide medical and rehabilitative care to all species of native birds and the Hawaiian hoary bat, along with contingency planning, emergency response, training, research assistance, and more. HWC serves all major and minor Hawaiian Islands, extending to Midway and Kure Atoll. Our main facility is located in Kapa‘au, on Hawai‘i Island and we have satellite operations on O‘ahu and Lāna‘i along with partner projects throughout the state.
The HWC is the first organization of its kind exclusively for native Hawaiian wildlife and provides state-of-the-art care and rehabilitation for native animals as well as comprehensive wildlife rescue training and public education and outreach programs. Through our wildlife response programs and outreach efforts, HWC provides a critical resource to help our native bird and bat populations survive as well as help people and wildlife coexist.
The vision of the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center is a world where native species recover and thrive in all environments through comprehensive conservation strategies and partnerships.
The mission of the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center is to protect, conserve, and aid in the recovery of Hawaiʻi’s native winged wildlife through hands-on treatment, research, training, science education and cultural programs.