Title: Rehabilitation Raptor and Release Coordinator
Department: Rehabilitation Hospital
Reports to: Rehabilitation Hospital Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
The Bird Rescue Center began as a rehabilitation center for Sonoma County’s wild native birds but has grown to service or assist 5 Northern California counties and beyond. Our mission is two-fold: to assist in the rescue, treatment, and release of injured, orphaned, or ill birds in the northern San Francisco Bay Area, and to educate the public regarding their ecological importance through our Resident Ambassador Program. The Bird Rescue Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit wildlife hospital that has serviced northern California for 40 years, providing care for approximately 3,000 birds annually that are brought to us by the public.
The Rehabilitation Raptor and Release Coordinator (RRRC) is responsible for assessing raptor patients that enter the rehabilitation hospital, coordinating the movement of these patients as they progress, and coordinate proper release based on species, age, and season; assisting medical staff with daily raptor care and husbandry; and assisting the Hospital Manager with raptor-related research, networking, and protocol development, as well as Raptor Team volunteer training and management. The RRRC will work directly under the Hospital Manager, alongside Hospital Clinic Supervisors, and give direction to Raptor Team volunteers.
is a year-round, part-time position, with seasonal variability based on patient load. Weekly hours will average 24 – 30 at times being ‘on call’; however, there is the possibility to have a nearly full-time schedule during Baby Bird Season (April – August).
In accordance with organizational policies and best practices, duties include those of the volunteer Raptor Team members (as needed), as well as, but not limited to:
General Raptor Care
- Work closely with the Hospital Manager and Clinic Supervisors to ensure each raptor patient is advancing through the hospital in an appropriate manner, based on age and progress towards release.
- Participation in at least one Raptor Health Check Day per week.
- Capture, restrain, and weigh all raptor species safely.
- Oversee and participate in creancing and flight evaluation of all raptor species.
- Oversee, prepare for, and perform feather imping procedures (training provided).
- Identify appropriate food types, prepare food, and perform all types of hand or tube feeding.
- Determine and assign appropriate housing and husbandry needs for each raptor species and age.
- Assist in enclosure set-up, cleanliness, and/or daily maintenance.
- Construct or acquire all necessary materials and equipment for housing raptor patients.
- Assist the Hospital Manager and Clinic Supervisors in coordination of veterinary visits; performing basic treatments; and performing basic avian physical examinations and rehabilitation assessments.
- Assist the Executive Director, Hospital Manager, Clinic Supervisor, and/or visiting veterinarian with patient rounds, in-depth treatments, or surgical procedures.
- Drive your own vehicle to assist in the rescue, transportation, and release of raptor patients.
Release Coordination and Rehabilitation Raptor Communications
- Develop appropriate release plans for all raptor patients based on age, species, and nature of injury, including hard releases, soft releases (i.e., ‘hacks’), re-nests/re-unites, and wild fosters.
- Properly assess appropriate release sites and perform nest reconnaissance.
- Coordinate all raptor releases; as needed, perform raptor releases.
- Communicate clearly and professionally with raptor patient finders and/or property owners.
- Perform nest-site networking with property owner(s), sister organizations, raptor rehabilitation groups, local falconers, and/or local birding communities.
- Coordination with local arborists or with other facilities as needed or in emergency situations.
- Assist the Hospital Manager and Clinic Supervisor in coordination of raptor transfers to other facilities or placement into educational programs.
- Establish and maintain ongoing professional liaisons with other facilities and raptor rehabilitation groups, local falconers, arborists, property owners, and/or local birding communities.
- Assist the Hospital Manager with raptor-related research, networking, and protocol development.
- Assist the Hospital Manager in Raptor Team volunteer training and management.
- Delegate duties to Raptor Team volunteers, ensuring smooth daily operations and proper raptor patient care.
- Participate in the development and/or teaching of raptor-related courses for volunteer continued education.
- Attend staff meetings and communicate between staff and volunteers regarding raptor patients.
- Disseminate debriefing information and program assessments.
- Provide analytics on program usage for internal and external audits, tracking, and grant writing.
- Ensure data entry is accurate and timely.
- Represent BRC as needed for events and activities, including while performing raptor releases.
- Attend California, national, and/or other symposiums when feasible.
- Help coordinate with other facilities in emergency situations.
- Assist the Executive Director with projects as requested or required.
- Having a working understanding of native California raptor species identification and natural history is essential to this position.
- Ability to accurately identify species and age of all raptors in BRC’s region
- Minimum of one years’ experience in a wildlife hospital, veterinary clinic, raptor banding or monitoring program, or a related field required.
- Minimum one-year supervisory experience desired.
- Maintain current membership with The Bird Rescue Center and have a current Tetanus shot and health insurance.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- Have excellent communication, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills; and the ability to work under pressure.
- Someone who loves nature, enjoys learning and teaching, and is flexible, detail-oriented, and organized.
- Must be able to work individually, without supervision, as well as in a team.
- Possess and maintain a current, valid California driver license as accepted by our insurance carrier. Excellent driving record and must have reliable transportation to and from The Bird Rescue Center.
- The ability to work flexible days and hours including on-call, nights, weekends, and holidays as well as be available to cover shifts left uncovered by volunteers due to holidays, weekends, or emergencies.
- Competent computer skills and ability to learn various data systems.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
The work environment and the physical requirements described are representative of those an employee will encounter and will need to meet to successfully perform the essential duties and key responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to work in a standard office setting, sitting at a standard office desk, and to use standard office equipment, including a computer.
- Required to consistently lift 25-50 pounds, occasionally overhead.
- Position requires extensive standing, walking, hiking, and considerable bending and lifting.
- Working conditions vary with season ranging from wet and cold to warm to hot.
- Ability to lift and handle the variety of birds in our program.