San Diego Wildlife Center – Carlsbad, CA

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Summary: The wildlife technician position provides medical triage and husbandry care for emergency and orphaned wildlife patients at our intake center and off-site facility. It requires a strong ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment and experience in animal restraint, handling, and medical treatment and exams.  Wildlife technicians will work both independently and as a team with a variety of native species, as wells as the public and volunteers and must be calm under pressure.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Identify incoming wildlife patients and triage accordingly
  • Follow all safety and handling protocols
  • Understand the natural history of each species and act accordingly when evaluating or administering medical treatment.
  • Prepare diets, medications, and other treatments
  • Accurately calculate dosages as well as administer medications by injections and oral gavage
  • Conduct diagnostic tests using a microscope
  • Feed and clean all patients
  • Set up, clean, and maintain appropriate housing for each species
  • Keep facility and equipment properly cleaned and sanitized daily
  • Assist public with wildlife questions by phone and in person
  • Maintain detailed records daily
  • Coordinate with partners and volunteers to expedite movement of animals.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with staff, volunteers, public, partners, and government agencies.
  • Follow all standard operating procedures and species protocols
  • Assist with supervision of volunteers and interns

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift, move, restrain, capture and manage wild animals
  • Prolonged standing, bending, and walking
  • Frequent lifting, pulling or pushing of objects weighing 50+ lbs.
  • Frequent handling of chemicals
  • Frequent use of arms and hands about shoulder level
  • Repetitive use of hands at computer and handling medical equipment


Must be a high school graduate. (College preferred). Experience handling wildlife or birds with knowledge of natural history and captive care. General knowledge of animal medicine through professional or educational experience.  Experience working with volunteers and customer service.  General knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation and conservation. Requires a highly responsible, mature, flexible, and enthusiastic individual. Ability to multi-task with no known allergies to animals or chemicals. Ability to work a flexible schedule. Weekend and holidays required.

Valid California Driver’s License required.


Supervisory Responsibilities:  None

San Diego Wildlife Center and Rancho Coastal Humane Society do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, protected veteran’s status on the basis of age against persons who are forty years of age or over, or on the basis of any other legally impermissible reason.

Job Type: Part-time, Non-exempt

Salary: $13.00 /hour

No Phone calls or walk-in applicants, please.


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