Wildlife Care Technician

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Drumlin Farm

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Mass Audubon is looking for an energetic, team-oriented, part-time Wildlife Care Technician to perform the day-to-day care for non-releasable wildlife at Drumlin Farm, with its diverse collection of exhibit and program animals consisting of mammals, birds (including raptors), amphibians, and reptiles. Position responsibilities include feeding and diet preparation, maintaining and cleaning of animal enclosures, behavioral observation, record keeping, exhibit maintenance, and providing environmental enrichment.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Care for wildlife:
    • feed approved diets
    • clean and disinfect cages and enclosures
    • assist with response to medical needs of wildlife and consult with veterinarians as needed
    • transport animals
    • create and provide daily animal enrichment
    • perform lab work as needed
    • assist in socializing and conditioning animals for use in programs
  • Support compliance with all applicable state and federal permits relating to the possession of program and display animals.
  • Train and supervise volunteers and interns.
  • Participate in education programs on caring for wildlife in captivity and wildlife rehabilitation, including developing curriculum, leading tours, and answering questions from the public.
  • Perform various building, exhibit, and grounds maintenance projects required to support the Wildlife Care unit.

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • High school diploma minimum, preferred college degree in Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Veterinary Technician, Wildlife biology, or a related field. 
  • Prior animal care experience required, with demonstration of a sincere passion for working with captive wildlife. 
  • Must be responsible and self-driven with the ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Ability to communicate easily with staff and the public.
  • Ability to work in a physically demanding, fast-paced work environment in all types of terrain and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift and haul up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • A current rabies vaccination is required.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $15.25 - $16.84/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

This is a year-round position and earns vacation time as well as receives paid holidays.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

The work schedule for this position involves two weekdays per week—as negotiated, for a total of 16 hours. May be asked to work additional hours during peak periods, holidays, or special events.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please send letter of interest and resume to:

Flavio Sutti, Senior Conservation Ecologist / Wildlife Care Manager
Job# 3795