Careers In Wildlife Rehabilitation

Careers in Wildlife Rehabilitation

The majority of wildlife rehabilitation professionals are state and federally permitted volunteers.  There are other opportunities to work in wildlife rehabilitation as a paying career.  Typically, these positions are available through wildlife rehabilitation facilities or larger organizations such as a zoo or aquarium.  In the public sector, state and federal agencies may work with threatened or endangered species; but they primarily focus on broader fields of study utilizing staff trained as wildlife biologists, wildlife management and/or conservation.  The most obvious group of professionals is those working directly in a wildlife rehabilitation facility. While rehabilitators generally work in private clinics or as part of a larger institution (such as a zoo, aquarium or museum), public agencies at the state and federal levels oversee, inspect, and advise clinics. Many facilities also employ educators to work with non-releasable wildlife in public programs.

If you are interested in a career in wildlife rehabilitation, you can gain some valuable experience by volunteering to work with a wildlife rehabilitator or at a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Some of the job positions that may be available at a facility include:

  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Wildlife Outreach Education Director
  • Executive Director
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Fundraising Development

If you are considering a career in wildlife rehabilitation, some educational fields of study might include:

  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife Management
  • Ornithology
  • Zoology
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Mammology
  • Conservation Biology