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Operations Specialist, Oiled Wildlife Response


Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research

Closing Date
June 13, 2023

The Operations Specialist contributes to program operations through developing and maintaining wildlife response capabilities that ensure Tri-State provides the best possible care to animals during an incident that involves contaminated wildlife.

• Assist in maintaining oiled wildlife response readiness. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining facilities, equipment, and supplies as well as maintaining proficiency in TSBRR wildlife husbandry best practices and protocols.
• Maintain high levels of professional communication with Oil Programs (OP), veterinary and clinic staff as well as other departments- both written and verbal.
• Assist in identifying and procuring supplies needed for oiled wildlife response, including medical, husbandry, and general facilities supplies.
• Contribute to the development of oiled wildlife response protocols and operating procedures.
• Assist with the development, organization, and presentation of professional training workshops both in person and virtually.
• Participate in the research and preparation of contingency plans and projects.
• Assist in maintaining TSBRR’s state wildlife rehabilitation permits as indicated by governmental agencies.
• Provide educational information to the public regarding wildlife rehabilitation and oiled wildlife response during educational outreach events such as Open House and Campbell Building tours.
• Assist Wild Bird Clinic Team in covering Relief Supervisor shifts as available.
• Responsibly answer TSBRR’s 24/7 Oil Spill Emergency Hotline during assigned shifts.

• Be prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to an emergency event involving wildlife.
• Participate in all aspects of oiled wildlife response such as animal care, logistical support, legal documentation, wildlife field surveys/retrieval and report creation.
• Contribute to pre-workshop communication, logistical arrangements, agenda format, training supplies, presentation of material, attendee registration and billing procedures.
• Maintain information management systems and oversee the different oil programs databases.
• Assist program management with review of strategic plan and updating priorities annually and participate in strategic planning processes.
• Attend and present at Regional Response Teams and Area Committee meetings as assigned.
• Participate in oil spill drill exercises, trade shows, meetings, and conferences.
• Strengthen and expand business opportunities related to oiled wildlife response and preparedness.
• Supervise and direct volunteers/personnel during oil spill responses.

Education and Pre-requisites

• Minimum requirement: Degree in Biology, Wildlife Management, Veterinary Technology, or equivalent.
• 1-2 years’ experience working with or around animals; including knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation.
• Skills in basic facility maintenance.
• Ability to understand and follow safety requirements necessary to work around hazardous materials.
• Ability to travel on short notice (see Work Environment above).
• Have strong organizational, record-keeping, computer, and analytical skills.
• Possess excellent writing, communication, and public speaking skills.
• Be able to work efficiently and make quick decisions.
• Completion of ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 within a year of hire.
• Completion of 40 hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training within 6 months of hire.
• Completion of TSBRR Clinic Relief Supervisor Training within 6 months of hire
• Maintain a valid driver’s license.
• Must possess or be able to obtain a U.S. Passport and a TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Credential).

Compensation and benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance (employer contributes 85% of monthly premium) and paid time off. Employees are eligible for 3% IRA match beginning in their second calendar year of service. Flexible work schedule and opportunity for some remote work two months after start.

Application instructions

Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Lisa Smith, Executive Director, at