Bat World Sanctuary’s (BWS) staff focuses on providing the best practices possible in animal care by performing daily in an effective and efficient manner while providing a pleasurable work environment rich in practical learning and team work. The BWS staff are judged not just by the scale of the work they do but by the impact their work has on the lives of the animals they seek to serve. BWS actively works with zoos, researchers and animal shelters to offer an alternative to death. Many of the bats in our care have lived terrible lives before coming to us and we provide the security and privacy they need to recuperate from their previous existence. Making sure the bats are comfortable and disturbed as little as possible while the staff completes their work is paramount.
The position of assistant animal caregiver (AC) is available. NOTE: This position is not temporary – please do not apply if you are only wanting to gain experience. The training involved will enable the AC to move toward a permanent position of lead caregiver. We are primarily interested in someone who desires a lifetime commitment in working with bats as well as propelling the mission of Bat World Sanctuary to the next level.
PHYSICAL & MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
The AC plays a vital role at Bat World Sanctuary in being responsible for overseeing the well-being and overall care of the bats, both permanent care individuals as well as those in rehabilitation. The AC is required to respond to rescue calls, therefore, it is important that the AC maintains a friendly attitude towards the public no matter how ignorant their questions or attitude may be towards bats. AC’s must consider this time as an educational moment to inform the public about the vital importance of bats. The AC must have the energy required to stay standing or active for 4 to 5 hours, to lift, bend, stoop, kneel and/or other strenuous activities such as cleaning large indoor and outdoor flight enclosures, preparing large amounts of chopped fruit or participating in an “all hands on deck” in case of any emergency such as a flood or fire. The AC must have the mental fortitude to assist in cruelty cases, emergency rehabilitation procedures, veterinary surgeries and euthanasia when needed.
The position does not require any specific degree but it does require a deep empathy for animals and animal welfare, passion, energy, integrity, dedication, drive, self-discipline, respect for others and a cheerful, positive attitude. The position requires previous rehabilitation experience with bats or wildlife and a deep desire to provide the best animal care possible even when it requires personal sacrifice.
Additional components needed for the position are:
- Must be animal rights oriented (without being militant)
- Must be mature with a professional personal appearance
- Must be in good physical condition
- Must have a working knowledge of social media platforms (or willing to learn)
- A willingness to eventually work nights and weekends as training progresses
- Ability to maintain a positive work environment
- Skill set to tactfully deal with members of the public who do not understand bats
- Organizational and motivational skills necessary to work well in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple tasks at once
- Pre-exposure rabies inoculations with an adequate titer
- A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Basic computer skills
- Learning each and every aspect of BWS animal care operations
- Observing sanctuary animals behaviors, assist in rendering medical care and attention, provide and maintain enrichment items
- Participate in the preparation of food for the bats for both their daily rations as well as nightly feedings
- Monitor daily food intake for both fruit and insect-eating bats and adjust as needed
- Assist in veterinary visits, including capturing, sedating and medicating
- Maintain the cleanliness of bat enclosures, hammocks, foliage, branches, food skewers and dishes
- Replace mineral wheels, water hangers, damaged toys and vines and other enrichment items on an as needed basis
- Provide pre-morning check and any bat care for elderly bats (requires arriving at 7:45 am on workdays)
- Maintain the semi-outdoor flight area (hosing down and cleaning the walls and floor)
- Manage the daily online schedule of the bat cam settings
- Make entries in the BWS Rescue Log as well as post on social media pages
- Be available for bat rescue calls and supply runs
- Participate in fundraisers, create videos and answer emails as training progresses
- Able and willing to advocate Bat World Sanctuary’s position on all issues
- Attend any staff meetings and training as required
All positions with Bat World Sanctuary are important as they set an example for fellow staff as well as the public.
- All employees must be clean, well-groomed and maintain good hygiene
- Jeans, t-shirts and comfortable shoes are preferred, however, these items must project professionalism
- Workout clothing, baggie jeans worn around the hips, hoodies, and clothes that are too revealing are not allowed
- Most tattoos are permitted, however, large (visible) tattoos involving the face, neck and chest are not allowed unless covered.
- Facial jewelry involving the lips, nose, eyebrows, cheeks, etc are not allowed while at work
25-30 hours per week with some nights and weekends required as training progresses (particularly during orphan season – June through August). The facility work schedule is 7 days per week. Each staff member receives two days off. Workdays start at 8am and run until noon, although some days may end around 11am or continue through until 1pm or later. BWS offers flexibility in allowing staff members to switch days off with each other when all parties are in agreement. All staff members are required to know the basics of every position in the event any position becomes short-handed.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
Salary is $250 to $300 weekly, depending on previous experience. Housing with utilities included are provided. The caregivers residence is a furnished, newly constructed one bed one bath, open kitchen and living, laundry room with washer & dryer with large screened in porch. Pets are welcome. The residence is within walking distance of the Bat World facility. Insurance is not currently available, however, it is something we are working toward.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position please complete this application and email it, along with your resume/CV and a cover letter summarizing your relevant skills. Feel free to copy-paste the application into Word if that makes it easier to complete. Email all three above items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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