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Director of Operations

Treehouse Wildlife Center is seeking a talented, visionary, entrepreneurial individual to serve as its full-time Director of Operations  for our growing team. We are seeking a leader to grow our organization from a world-class niche education program to a global enterprise. Our goal is to both expand the reach of Treehouse education, and create a stable income stream to fund our programs. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director of Operations has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Treehouse’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission, including overseeing the operation of all our programming. Work week is Monday through Friday but occasional weekend work is needed for our in-person workshops and special events. We prefer candidates who live near our main office in Jersey County, IL but are open to the greater metro area.



  • Managing operations and finances of the organization

  • Overseeing all internal controls to ensure the organization complies with its fiduciary duties, financial plans, financial audits, tax filing, corporate filings, insurance, and safety requirements

  • Managing fundraising and applying for grants

  • Recruiting and managing facility and groundskeeping volunteers 

  • Leading strategic planning with the Board of Directors

  • Building relationships in the community

  • Building and maintaining relationships with strategic partners and government agencies



  • Approximately 50% of job time is dedicated to fundraising

    • Apply for relevant grants

    • work with the board to expand fundraising efforts

    • Raise public awareness of TreeHouse Wildlife Center through managing and overseeing social media, news releases, fact sheets, public appearances  and other program materials

    • Planning and executing major fund-raising events

    • Responsible for the recruitment and training of fundraising volunteers

    • Maintain inventory based on data driven review of sales, stock gift shop with items for high ROI and/or branded merchandise 

  • Approximately 50% managing daily operations of TreeHouse

    • Occasional travel required.

    • Identifies and executes measures of facility upkeep, safety and health and well-being of human resources

    • Prepare and monitor the budget

      • End-to-end budgeting for the facility and fundraising

        • develop estimates of needs and operating requirements

      • general bookkeeping including accuracy in QuickBooks

      • ensure staff is time-keeping  accurately and payroll is turned into the accountant

      • Monitor adherence of good bookkeeping practices by the Education Manager and Animal Curator

    • Responsible for identification of staffing and/or volunteer/intern operational concerns 

      • first line responder for team concerns

      • utilizing team approach as a priority

      • utilizing the Executive Board as the secondary approach

    • Responsible for recruitment and training of facility and groundskeeping volunteers 

    • Prepare materials, research assistance, reports, and resources for the Board of Directors as needed



The Director of Operations will be thoroughly committed to Treehouse Wildlife Center’s mission. All candidates should have leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • A growth mindset with a strong commitment to personal transformation

  • Experience managing operations of a non-profit organization or similar business experience

  • Excellent management skills with the ability and willingness to delegate

  • Demonstrated financial management skills, including budgeting

  • Experience running fundraising initiatives

  • Experience in event management and volunteer management

  • Experience with volunteer outreach, marketing of events, managing social media and websites

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and presentation skills

  • Strong computer skills are required, including competency in Google Office, QuickBooks and online research

  • Self-starter with demonstrated efficiency and ability to handle details. Initiative coupled with willingness to take direction from the Board of Directors.



  • Preferred: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or comparable work experience) in business or nonprofit management, social impact, public administration, or related.

  • 5+ years non-profit or corporate executive leadership and management experience, with demonstrated ability to effectively focus and inspire people for optimal results. Experience managing both staff and volunteers preferred. Experience leading virtual teams preferred.

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.



  • The opportunity to create and enjoy the benefits of a healthy, positive and engaging work culture.

  • Work-life balance

  • Competitive Compensation

  • Short term disability, AD&D insurance, Life Insurance

  • PTO and Paid Holidays



To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to Be sure to include a personalized cover letter with your resume that summarizes how your experience will meet the needs of this position. Thank you for your interest in the life-transforming work that we do!

Career Opportunities 

Interested in joining our team?

Check below for current job openings at TreeHouse Wildlife Center!

Looking for a job in wildlife rehabilitation or environmental education? Jobs in this field can provide some of the most rewarding experiences in your life. In this field individuals work to save the lives of native wildlife by going out on rescues, caring for the animals in the hospital, and releasing them back into the wild when they're ready. Some centers, like ours, also provide opportunities to work with and educate the public about our wildlife so they can better understand why they are so important to have around. 

There are a lot of great aspects to this line of work but it is also important to understand that it is a lot of hard work! Most individuals working in wildlife rehabilitation work long hours, work in all types of weather, and may have to work over holidays. There is also the reality of working in a wildlife hospital where animals are admitted in all kinds of conditions. If you love animals and this doesn't deter you, then a career in wildlife rehabilitation may be for you! Check out the website for the  National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association or the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council for job listings! It is highly recommended that you volunteer or intern at a wildlife rehabilitation center to get experience before seeking a paid position.

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