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Rescue and Release Coordinator

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Rescue and Release Coordinator for our South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The main responsibility of this position is to assist and coordinate the rescue and release of animals..

This position will be responsible for:

  • Working with staff to ensure continuity of care as animals progress through the rehabilitation process and ensure development of necessary survival skills after release;
  • Observing and tracking animals in process for release and maintain data records on patient progress and release in excel and other programs;
  • Coordinating and operating rescue and release vehicles in response to calls;
  • Capturing and confining animals that need to be transported in an appropriate, humane and safe manner and safely and efficiently admit those animals to SFWC’s care;
  • Performing pre-release research and field visits of potential lawful release sites to ensure habitat suitability for species-specific needs and performing releases of animals, by transporting them to pre-selected release sites;
  • Training, supervising and evaluating rescue and release drivers, volunteers, and interns;
  • Maintaining vehicles and equipment in good working order;
  • Preparing/modifying habitats to ensure animals have ability to perform behaviors for release;
  • Performing humane euthanasia for critically injured animals in the field and animals that are not releasable;
  • Maintaining accurate records and prepare statistical and incidental reports;
  • Providing resource information to the public relating to humane resolution of wildlife conflict;
  • Handling public requests for and helping to organize/participate in community outreach events as well as soliciting, accepting and tracking donations from the public;
  • Conducting tours of the facility, and assisting with rescue calls as requested;
  • Cross training in veterinary department.

Qualifications:

  • Some College experience in biology, zoology or wildlife management preferred;
  • Minimum three years’ experience in animal care field, particularly with animal handling, wildlife experience and prior supervisory experience preferred;
  • Familiarity with animal capture equipment, animal handling experience, euthanasia certification, knowledge of wildlife species identification/safe and humane handling;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize;
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy with record/database entry;
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs for 25 yards, climb, bend and crawl in confined spaces and ability to swim and tread water for two minutes clothed;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and the ability to drive a van safely;
  • Ability to work independently, make quick decisions based on the situation presented;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of species and associated habitat for release; familiarity with state and federal laws pertaining to wildlife;
  • Knowledgeable about the geographic area and comfort with GPS and dispatched directions;
  • Proficient in Disaster Response training in order to assist with any required evacuation/movement of patients;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of donor and constituent information, and other sensitive information;
  • Rehabilitation license preferred.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status EOE

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