Director of Animal Care

Type of Position: Full-Time
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Animal Care Managers

Classification: Exempt, full-time, salary
Salary: Competitive and based on experience

Effective Date: 12/2/19
Applications Due: 2/1/20


WildCare Foundation, located in Noble, OK, is seeking a Director of Animal Care with three or more years of experience with wildlife rehabilitation including one year of management experience at a large center. This is a full-time position with an established center admitting nearly 7,000 animals annually. This position reports to the Executive Director, works closely with the center’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and supervises of a team of four to eight team leaders.

Job Purpose:

The Director of Animal Care will 1) efficiently manage daily wildlife rehabilitation operations and coordinate veterinary care, 2) enthusiastically train and oversee team leaders, interns and volunteers 3) effectively organize the team leaders responsible for supervising staff, interns and volunteers  4) regularly provides guidance to team leaders so they can successfully perform their duties, which including training, supporting, and supervising staff, interns, and volunteers.

Primary Functions:

  •  Responsible for coordinating and communicating with all teams ensuring proper wildlife care is provided in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Manage and participate in day-to-day rehabilitative and veterinary care of wildlife patients.
  • Train, supervise, and mentor permanent and seasonal team leaders.
  • Serve as the liaison between the executive director and the wildlife care team.
  • Recommend, write, and adhere to animal care policies, procedures, and protocols.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Patient Care:

  • Oversee all daily rehabilitative care by the Team Leaders and their team for wildlife patients, including feeding and cleaning, examinations, treatments, diagnostic procedures, and monitoring patient progress
  • Participate in all start up, cleaning and sanitation, and closing procedures as needed. While this is a managerial position, as needed this position must be willing to accomplish the same core tasks as required of all animal care staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Identify the need for and coordinate veterinary care, including participating in patient rounds and clinic procedures, with the veterinarian as needed
  • Develop, improve, and implement patient protocols as identified by the Team Leaders
  • Ensure all protocols are being followed; follow established policies and procedures for changing protocols.
  • Assist Team Leaders in evaluating patients for release, and coordinate releases
  • Perform patient admissions and intake exams as needed
  • Execute euthanasia protocols as needed and directed
  • Participate in all start up, cleaning and sanitation, and closing procedures as needed. While this is a managerial position, as needed this position must be willing to accomplish the same core tasks as required of all animal care staff, interns, and volunteers.

Managerial Responsibilities:

  • Train and supervise team leaders. Delegate tasks appropriately based on protocol.
  •  Identify and positively communicate ways team leaders can improve their knowledge and skills.
  • Recognize when and what projects need to be completed. Prioritize them accordingly, and design and execute plans to get them done.
  • Monitor the use of resources and order/purchase more as needed.  Maintain appropriate resources use excel spreadsheets.
  • Coordinate with permanent staff to ensure daily coverage of animal care and administrative areas.  Schedule team leaders, interns, and volunteers based on need and budget.
  • Maintain a professional and safe work environment.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate in screening intern and volunteer applicants as needed
  • Help develop and improve volunteer and internship programs, including orientation packets, assigned literature, skill sheets and training classes.
  • Participate in developing and teaching aspects of the IWRC practicum program (IWRC wildlife rehabilitation certification required) or other wildlife rehabilitation curriculum.
  • Respond to public inquiries via phone, in person, and social media as needed.
  • Perform administrative duties as needed, including maintaining patient records, property count, and supply inventory lists. Other tasks as assigned by the executive director.
 Supervisory Responsibilities:
 This position supervises four to eight team leaders.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS) from a four-year college in biology, ecology, or a related field or university or an Associate’s Degree in a related field such a Veterinary Technician desired. Relevant and direct experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • At least three years of experience in wildlife rehabilitation with at least one year of management experience (supervising other staff, volunteers, or interns).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and follow care protocols and attend to details.
  • Ability to effectively manage a wide array of tasks, projects and responsibilities related to the intake, assessment, and ongoing care of a diverse array of animal species native to Oklahoma.
  • Ability to provide training and guidance to staff and interns.
  • Customer service skills essential for intake and interactions with the public and volunteers as well as the ability to work with diverse people and groups.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to accommodate influx of animals during certain times of the year.
  • IWRC Wildlife Rehabilitation certifications considered a plus.

General Competencies:

  • Attendance and Dependability – Is consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Diversity – Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, gender, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
  • Ethics – Tells truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
  • Teamwork – Listens and responds constructively to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Provides assistance to others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others’ effort and contribution. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The majority of WildCare’s facilities are outdoors.  Therefore, candidates for this job must be able to:
  • Work outside in all seasons in all kinds of weather conditions.
  • Lift/carry up to 40 lbs.
  • Walk on uneven, natural terrain.

Overall Expectations:

The Director of Animal Care should have a solid knowledge of the natural history and a strong base of husbandry of common patients. They must be able to work long days in a hectic environment while maintaining a positive attitude. They should communicate effectively.  They are as responsible for the oversight of all staff, interns and volunteers actions as if they were performing the task themselves.  They should serve as a role model for the compassionate and dedicated care their animal patients should receive.  The Wildlife Care Manager should hold themselves and their team members to a high standard when it comes to providing quality care for their animal patients. They should be detail oriented.  They should recognize their limitations and know when to ask for help, whether it be in completing a routine task or determining the best course of treatment for an animal patient. They should be self-sacrificing of their time to ensure all animal patients receive the care they deserve and to see all jobs through to completion.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to [email protected] by February 1, 2020. Put “Director of Animal Care” in the subject line.

WildCare Foundation is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

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