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.

Current Openings

Wildlife Rehabilitator (2 Positions Open)

We have two wildlife rehabilitator positions that are opening up.

The first position can be filled at any time while the second position will open up in mid-September.

 These positions oversee the care of the wildlife including admittance, medical care, cage cleaning, diet preparation and feeding, record keeping, and keeping animals on track as they progress through rehabilitation. The individuals will work with a team of volunteers and interns to complete these tasks while also keeping open communication with the other wildlife rehabilitator working on the other shifts. This position also greets visitors, answers phones, and helps in the gift shop as needed. This individual will be expected to work 37 hours a week and reports to the Executive Director. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties include but are not limited to:

  •  Oversees and performs animal care duties with a team of volunteers and interns including admittance, medical care, cage cleaning, diet preparation. feeding, enrichment, and release.

  •  Works together with the other wildlife rehabilitator to map out a plan to implement care for each wildlife patient admitted.

  •  Supervises volunteers and interns, delegating tasks and ensuring satisfactory completion.

  •  Assists in or performs wildlife rescues and releases when needed

  •  Ensures that patient files are kept up-to-date.

  •  Aids the public over the phone or in person regarding wildlife related issues including rescue, transport, temporary care, and advice on human-wildlife conflicts.

  •  Maintains a clean work place with the help of volunteers and interns including but not limited to cleaning the floors in all areas of the building, cleaning and organizing the counters and shelves in all areas, cleaning rehab refrigerators, organizing animal care supplies, and animal laundry.

  •  Works on other animal care projects when rehab shifts are completed early or there are enough volunteers to cover the rehab shifts and there are no visitors to assist.   

  •  Greets and assists visitors that enter the building as needed if no greeting volunteer is present.

  •  Assists with projects in other areas or events as needed


Physical Demands:

Must be able to perform physical tasks such as bending, kneeling, pushing, pulling, and standing for long periods of time. Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds. Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions.

Education and Qualification Requirements:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or other animal related fields preferred

  •  Minimum 1 year experience working or volunteering in animal care at a wildlife rehabilitation center, veterinary office, zoo, or related facility. 

  •  Ability to work independently or as a member of a team and maintain a positive as well as productive work environment

  •  Ability to work efficiently and calmly under stressful conditions and handle a demanding workload

  •  Ability to make on the spot decisions for animal cases and situations.

  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, be comfortable speaking to the public

  •  Ability to safely and respectfully handle all types of animals

  •  A valid driver’s license

  •  Must have health insurance and be up to date on tetanus vaccination

  •  Experience working with and delegating tasks to volunteers and interns

  •  Experience using social media preferred

  •  Knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references, and availability to Adele Moore, Executive Director, at or to TreeHouse Wildlife Center at 23956 Green Acres Road, Dow, IL 62022 ATTN: Adele Moore, Executive Director

At this time, applications will be accepted until July 8th, 2019.


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Our Number:

(618) 466-2990

Our Address: 

23956 Green Acres Rd. Dow, IL 62022