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Wildlife Caretaker

Since 1990 Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS) has been advocating to rewild and care for injured and/or orphaned BC wildlife.

As a registered charity, NLWS relies on donations and volunteers to support the rescue, care and release of a wide variety of mammals and the triage of birds to other shelters. In addition, we have a small, but intensely dedicated staff team to ensure that the wildlife in need receives the care that they deserve.

Position: Full-time

Wage: Depended on experience level

Schedule: Forty (40) per week. Typically the schedule would be Wednesday to Sunday. Flexible schedule is required, depending on animal care needs.

Position Summary:

The Wildlife Caretaker will participate in all duties and the daily operation of the center, including the supervision of volunteers in rewilding of wildlife, in addition to maintenance of the facilities. By telephone and in person, the successful applicant will promote the NLWS philosophy and mandate with respect to wildlife and animal welfare. This position will maintain operations to NLWS guidelines in conjunction with IWRC/NWRA minimum standards for wildlife rehabilitation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Participate in all daily animal care duties including admission, rescue, triage, examination, treatment, euthanasia, diet planning, food preparation (including butchering for carnivore patients), feeding and release

• Ensure facility hygiene and adherence to health and safety protocols

• Participate in cage design, construction, and maintenance as required

• Pick up supplies and donations as required

• Maintain detailed records including patient-files, care instructions, and patient

log book; perform data entry of files and analysis of records

• Maintain a positive, healthy and safe work environment

• Work shifts as required (weekends, evenings, stat holidays) and perform other related duties as assigned

• Assist with coordination of volunteer

• Liaise with other rehabilitation organizations and perform regular research to

ensure highest standards of animal care; stay abreast of current wildlife

rehabilitation practices

• Attend and participate in team meetings, training, workshops and other projects

• Depending on the season, days can be monotonous and involve minimal animal

interactions. In these periods expect to review and refine SOP’s and animal care manuals.

Education, Skills and Abilities:

• Basic animal care experience

• Strong teamwork skills and work ethic

• Problem solving skills

• Willingness to learn

• Capable of handling a demanding workload and long hours; work weekends and

statutory holidays as required

• Ability to work in all types of outdoor conditions

• Requires substantial physical labor (must be able to lift 50 pounds)

• Must be vaccinated for tetanus (and rabies preferred)

• Good physical stamina and health

• Comfortable working with potentially hazardous conditions, such as contact with

parasites, zoonotic diseases, dangerous animals, and chemicals

• Excellent project management and time management skills, and the ability to

work well under pressure

• Must be able to work in emergency situations, such as rescues, on short notice

• Must be able to manage emotionally difficult situations (Every animal that enters

our care is in some way compromised and looses are unavoidable)

• Good driving record with no new driver restrictions

• Access to vehicle use daily (NLWS is not on a direct transit route)


• Working with a like-minded team

• Working in a beautiful location and community

• Extended medical

Application Deadline: When Position is filled


E-mail cover letter and resume to the attention of Angelika Langen at



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