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Hiring: Wildlife Rehabilitation Operations Manager
Organization: Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary 
 North Gower, Greater Ottawa, Ontario

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (RVWS) is a registered charity and the largest authorized wildlife rehabilitator of wild mammals and reptiles located in North Gower, Ontario (30 minutes south of Ottawa). RVWS cares for more than 1,000 animals annually, with the help of about 10 seasonal staff, 10 seasonal interns, and 100 volunteers serving in various roles. RVWS is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic leader to manage and grow all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation operations and related services. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Operations Manager reports to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

Wildlife rehabilitation operations

  • Manage all stages of wildlife rehabilitation operations from admission to release to ensure that patient welfare meets the highest standards and complies with regulatory requirements
  • Assess and monitor animal health, assist with animal care as needed, and establish in-house limits
  • Manage human resources planning, recruitment, training, scheduling, supervision, evaluation, discipline and retention of all rehabilitation and administrative staff, interns and volunteers
  • Manage all facilities, and identify needs for and assist in the development of plans for facility/caging maintenance, repairs and improvement
  • Maintain and develop wildlife rehabilitation protocols and standards
  • Perform and teach advanced rehabilitation skills such as initial examinations, technical and diagnostic procedures, and nutrition and medical treatment plans
  • Manage the intern, volunteer and foster programs
  • Manage relationships with and services of veterinarians, and decisions of euthanasia
  • Liaise with the Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Manage administrative duties, such as rehabilitation and personnel records, inventory, purchasing and reporting

Communications and outreach

  • Manage client and public inquiries, including triage, rescues, transport, emergency care and wildlife conflict resolution
  • Manage and develop outreach and education programs
  • Contribute to external communications, such as website content, newsletters, social media, and other donor and stewardship communications
  • Act as a spokesperson through public and media relations
  • Network with other organizations, remain current on standards and protocols, and attend conferences

Planning and leadership

  • Ensure a positive, professional, and safe working environment at all times; with a focus on both human and animal safety
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop operational goals, operating budgets, and strategic plans regarding programs and services
  • Manage and approve expenditures and payroll within delegated budget
  • Contribute to the development of fundraising plans, activities and proposals

Mandatory qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least three years’ experience in wildlife rehabilitation and human/wildlife conflict resolution
  • At least two years’ proven supervisory/management experience in a related setting
  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma, or other post-secondary education and combination of experience in wildlife rehabilitation equivalent to a registered veterinary technician; registered veterinary technician an asset
  • Exceptional and proven organizational, leadership interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), public speaking and presentation skills
  • Strong computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office software and donor management software
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle (there is no public transit to our facility)
  • Up-to-date rabies, tetanus and covid vaccinations
  • Ability to work shift work including evenings, weekends and statutory holidays as required
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds

Term and compensation

This is a full-time, permanent position. Annual salary begins at $45,000 and is commensurate with experience.


To apply, email detailed cover letter, resume, availability, salary expectations and references by email to .

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 18 2022    ID: 65711