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23 Feb 2023

Temporary Wildlife Rescue Technician (Seasonal- 6 months)

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA – Posted by PHScareers San Mateo, California, United States

Job Description

Job Title:        Seasonal Wildlife Rescue Technician (6 months)

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt/Non-Union/Full-Time

Salary:            $20.60/hour


Who we are:  The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is a local, private, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to animal welfare. It is our mission is to build healthy relationships between people and animals. PHS/SPCA is truly an open admission shelter, not only accepting many pet animals who might be refused at other shelters, but also taking care of injured and orphaned native wildlife. The Department of Animal Rescue & Control responds to several thousand sick, injured, and abandoned wild animals every year. We’re among just a handful of humane societies and SPCAs, worldwide, that extends its caring services to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Typically, we successfully rehabilitate 1,200 to 1,400 animals each year, vital work made possible by generous donations. To learn more about us, visit

Who are you: You are compassionate and would confidently assist wild animals (songbirds, seabirds, waterfowl, raptors, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) in distress, in a wide variety of situations, using safe animal handling and transport techniques.  You also enjoy educating members of the public about wildlife related issues, while providing excellent customer service.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide humane care for all animals, wild and domestic, both in the field and in the Society’s care.
  • Responds to reports of sick, injured, deceased, or abandoned wildlife in a PHS/SPCA vehicle using safe driving practices.
  • Operate a two-way radio and other communication technology in a concise and professional manner.
  • Rescue and/or relocate wild animals in distress in a safe and humane manner, often using specialized equipment. May be called upon to assist Animal Control Officers or may call Animal Control Officers to assist on technical or complex rescues or for transporting wild animals that have been impounded.
  • Maintain the PHS/SPCA vehicle in a clean and orderly manner, stocked with the necessary equipment. Maintain vehicle and equipment in good working order and report damage to vehicle or equipment.
  • Assist in the euthanasia of wild animals as necessary.
  • Maintain daily work records on appropriate forms.
  • Answer questions and advise the public regarding wild animal issues, quarantines, and other animal laws and related issues.
  • Assist other departments as assigned.
  • May be required to locate, quarantine, and observe animals for symptoms of rabies, and prepare and generate animal bite reports as necessary.
  • Responsible for properly assessing each wild animal situation they respond to and handle everything from small songbirds to larger mammals and raptors in the proper manner, whether it involves education, rescue, or transport, or any combination of those or other skills.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure a positive public image, enhance the operation of the organization and improve the quality of life for all animals.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must possess the ability to manage the emotional aspect of end-of-life services and humane euthanasia, and support staff in high-emotion circumstances.
  • Must also have a flexible schedule and available to work weekends and holidays, as needed.
  • Upon hire, must pass a background check.
  • Upon hire, must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and able to show COVID Vaccination Card as proof of vaccination.
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six months to one-year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Some college with a background in biology or a related animal science is desirable.
  • The ideal candidate will have knowledge of local wildlife including their natural environment and behaviors throughout the year, including ability to correctly identify a wide variety of wild animals, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and others, to ensure proper and safe handling.
  • Able to effectively work in a fast paced and high-pressured environment and remain calm under stressful circumstances.
  • Must be able to multitask efficiently.
  • Able to work well in a team environment and have a professional demeanor.
  • Able to communicate and present information effectively in both written form and verbally with coworkers, volunteers, and the public. Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Should know when to ask or call for additional advice or support and be able to paint a visual picture of a variety of situations over the phone.
  • Valid California Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record, to be insured by our insurance company.
  • Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 50-75 pounds.


Excellent Benefits Package Available

  • Sick pay
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Retirement plan

Available to all employees with pets:

  • Free vaccines, spay/neuter, microchipping, and two pet adoptions
  • Discounted euthanasia services/cremation, bloodwork, urinalysis, prescription food, and discounts at our retail stores.


For more information about our available job opportunities and how to apply, please visit our website at

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is an equal opportunity employer.  We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.  EOE/M/F/D/V/SO


Job Types: Temporary.

Job expires in 63 days.

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