Best Friends Animal Society
  • 410- Wild Friends
  • Kanab, UT, USA
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal

Join Best Friends and turn your career into a labor of love. The benefits package is one of the best! Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care reimbursement, Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401k and Staff Discounts.

Position Summary: Working within a team setting to provide for the well-being, care, and quality of life for all of the birds and mammals in the state and federally permitted wildlife rehabilitation program during the summer season from May-August.


  • Provide care and handling for animals that have significant behavioral issues which may include shyness, fearfulness and aggression
  • Provide care for animals that have significant medical issues which may include a variety of zoonotic disease
  • Rehabilitation Care: Cross-train with Wildlife Rehabilitators to be able to provide basic staffing coverage in that rotation
    • Medical daily care of residents in the hospital and in population
      • Administer prescribed treatments (gavage feeding, bottle feeding, oral and/or injectable medications PO, SC and IM), wound care and weighing
      • Chart - medical and behavioral
      • Provide food and water
      • Clean habitats
      • Provide enrichment
    • Assess health of all birds and mammals daily
      • Observe behaviors and feeding patterns (chart per protocols)
      • Inspect enclosures for safety and security (repair and/or report findings to Team Leader/Manager
  • Relate to employees, volunteers, and visitors in a friendly, informative, and professional manner to create a positive volunteer/visitor experience and workplace environment
  • Ambassador of the brand for all volunteers and visitors, promoting the Best Friends mission and demonstrating the "specialness" that is the sanctuary.
  • Responsible for the safety and training of volunteers: orienting them to assigned animal area, assigning work, answering questions, and assisting with their needs
  • Interacting with tours: be available to greet tours, speak about specific animals, and answer questions
  • Working and interacting with interns and workshop attendees: assigning work, answering questions, and assisting with their needs
  • Oversee work done by groups in assigned animal care area: ensure safe interactions between participants and the animals, assist in setting up the group with projects as needed, and answer question
  • Stock, inventory, and report needed supplies
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Experience:

  • Wildlife rehabilitation experience with birds and/or required (additional experience with reptiles, amphibians and/or chelonians preferred)
  • Proficiency giving SC and IM injections, oral medications and/or gavage feeding required
  • Strong desire to work with wild animals
  • Able to multi-task and take initiative
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to accurately assess health of all birds and mammals and communicate information effectively
  • Demonstrates approachability when dealing with the general public. Experience in interacting with the general public (customer service) preferred
  • Demonstrates ability to create and encourage a positive work environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, i.e., ability to develop positive relationships with others and demonstrate sensitivity to the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of others
  • Demonstrates personal accountability to ensure that all responsibilities are completed effectively and in a timely manner
  • Accurate, appropriate, clear and concise written and verbal communication skills. Strong listening skills
  • Basic experience with or ability to learn Microsoft Word and Excel, Google calendar, docs and email and ADP
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be willing to work varied shifts and must be open to mandatory overtime as needed
  • Able and willing to professionally advocate Best Friends' position on issues
  • Must have a valid driver's license and qualify for BFAS insurance

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to routinely able to lift 40 to 50 pounds while doing the following daily strenuous tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down ladders, lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, kneeling, and bending in temperatures that range from below freezing to 100 degrees
  • Must be able to work around allergens like hay, dust and bird dander and fur from a variety of species


Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

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