Anderson Humane

Wildlife Rehabilitator Assistant
The Wildlife Rehabilitator Assistant works to assist, perform, and supervise all aspects of the rehabilitation process. Working in tandem with our wildlife rehabilitation managers, this position will also assist with domestic animal care during the winter months when wildlife admission numbers are lower.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Perform initial intake exams for all arriving wildlife species, triage, devise a treatment and care plan, and when necessary, perform euthanasia in accordance with Anderson’s wildlife euthanasia protocol.
  • Obtain and maintain a Certified Euthanasia Technician license for the duration of employment.
  • Obtain and maintain a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitation license granted from IWRC.
  • Carry out and monitor all aspects of daily animal caretaking duties, including medical treatment directives with attentiveness and empathy.
  • Rotate working at both of our South Elgin intake facilities, as well as our pre-release site in Elburn.
  • Follow daily cleaning protocols and ensures a clean and sanitary work environment
  • Monitors the effectiveness and timeliness of the medical care and rehabilitation process; actively contribute ideas to improve efficiency and effectiveness to the Senior Wildlife Manager.
  • Keeps accurate wildlife records updating with pertinent information in a timely manner; organizes and stores files to be readily available to wildlife center staff at all times.
  • Sustains a positive, respectful rapport with wildlife release locations; schedules and performs wildlife release dates when additional staff is unavailable.
  • Partners with Anderson program managers to promote the wildlife volunteer and internship program within the community and on social media; share ideas to develop creative recruitment methods.
  • Shows appreciation and regularly communicates the value and impact of their contributions to the volunteers and interns.
  • Treat all animals humanely with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance. Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals to the public, staff, and volunteers.
  • Attends monthly All Staff Meetings and weekly Manager Meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • BA/BS preferred; associate degree and at least 2 years of experience in wildlife rehabilitation are required.
  • Must have or obtain a valid Wildlife Rehabilitator license from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
  • Enthusiastic support of Anderson’s mission and future plans; desire to advance the organization.
  • Effective time management skills; can multi-task and redirect efforts when priorities change.
  • Clear communication skills, both verbal and written. Superior interpersonal skills exuding warmth and inclusion.
  • Models professional behavior; remains calm and pleasant to diffuse stressful or high-emotion situations; asks appropriate questions in an effort to gather pertinent information.
  • Works cooperatively on cross-functional organizational programs, projects, and fundraising.
  • Is emotionally mature, attentive, reliable, honest, and encompasses integrity with decisiveness.
  • Can work a flexible schedule of non-standard hours to grow the program and benefit the organization. Weekend, evening, and holiday shifts may be required for occasional organizational events, activities and meetings.
  • Relates to and appreciates differences in people while thriving in a collaborative work environment.
  • Compassion and affection for animals of all kinds, concern for their welfare, and understanding of wildlife behavior and common medical issues.
  • Weekend availability is a MUST


  • $17-$18 an hour
  • May enroll in BCBS Health and Dental Insurance following 60 days of employment
  • 401(k) program with up to 4% matching
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) to promote a healthy work/life balance
  • Employee Adoption Discount

COVID-19 considerations:
All Employees, staff, interns and volunteers are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide a valid exemption.

Work Environment:
Willingness and ability to work with domestic and wildlife animals of all temperaments and species, and to accommodate animals in the workplace. Exposure to high noise levels; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites, and scratches.

Physical Activities:
Ability to stand, crouch, bend at the waist, kneel, squat, walk, and talk for up to ten hours a day; lift at least fifty pounds with assistance from floor to table height and vice-versa; engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms and hands, and to hear and see at levels where the movement of animals and objects is not physically limited; drive a vehicle and operate office equipment; input data, read computer screens and printed material; communicate effectively in-person, on a phone, while video conferencing and in e-mail

All volunteers and staff of Anderson Humane must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support our shelter animals’ physical and emotional health, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.

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Job Category: Wildlife Care
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Elburn S. Elgin

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1000 S. La Fox Street
South Elgin, IL 60177
(847) 697-2880

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