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 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Apply by December 15, 2022

About Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to bettering our environment through wildlife rehabilitation and raising public awareness about the importance of wild animals. Serving Central Virginia from our modern facility in Shipman, the Sanctuary’s 4 permanent staff and dozens of volunteers rehabilitate almost 900 wildlife patients annually. Animal care is provided across 2 indoor nurseries and 50 outdoor enclosures on the property. The Sanctuary also offers free educational programming in schools and community centers with the help of our team of education ambassador animals. This combination of rehabilitative care and community outreach constitutes the Sanctuary’s deep and lasting commitment to creating a vibrant and compassionate future for our wild neighbors here in Virginia. 

Position Description
Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary (RWS) is seeking a strong, experienced professional who is passionate about wildlife and its importance to the environment. The Executive Director (ED) will lead the Sanctuary forward in advancing its three-pronged mission:
1. Rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned native wildlife in Central Virginia and releasing them back into the wild.
2. Informing the community about what to do when an injured or orphaned wild animal is found and who to contact for help with the animal.
3. Educating the residents of Central Virginia about the habitats and needs of native wildlife and how to best support wildlife conservation.

The ED will have experience leading and managing a nonprofit organization and will also have demonstrated experience in wildlife rehabilitation and/or wildlife advocacy. The successful candidate for this position will have strong development skills and will have experience in building authentic partnerships within and across communities to advance the mission of a nonprofit organization. The ED will be able to measure the organization’s success and advocate for financial resources to create improvements.
The successful applicant will furthermore have demonstrated initiative, creativity, flexibility and inspirational leadership for implementing program enhancements in their workplaces. The ED will work collaboratively with the RWS Board of Directors to identify priorities, contribute to strategic planning, and create fundraising strategies. Ultimately, the ED will be a dynamic and devoted individual who is excited to share our mission with our established donor base, prospective supporters, foundation representatives, and corporate partners. The ED will be expected to work with the Board and RWS staff to develop and implement strategies for accomplishing organizational goals.
 
Job Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s staff, programs, expansion, fundraising and execution of mission. The ED is expected to have a sound knowledge of effective wildlife rehabilitation practices as well as exemplary skills in managing a nonprofit organization.

Development (Fundraising and Outreach): 50%
•    Lead all fundraising activities and assume final responsibility for successfully   meeting annual fundraising goals; work closely with the RWS Board to ensure its members are effective partners in fund- and friend-raising initiatives.
•    Maintain effective Board relations by staying in regular communication with Board President and members; participate as a resource member to the Board for all activities as requested.
•    Assist in recruiting and vetting new Board members to support advancement of the Sanctuary’s mission.
•    Oversee and lead donor cultivation efforts ensuring that donors are appropriately recognized for their contributions in a timely manner.
•    Maintain CRM software donor database, ensuring both Board and Staff members are reporting donor or potential donor contacts regularly; effectively utilize donor information to identify prospects for further cultivation, major gifts, and appropriate stewardship.
•    Direct communications for RWS by guiding all digital, print, and earned media, including managing the Sanctuary’s social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok), writing content for the RWS website, and collaborating with RWS staff to write and develop the printed fall and spring newsletters; write press releases and cultivate relationships with news outlets/reporters to showcase the efforts and successes of RWS; serve as the Sanctuary’s public face by appearing on news and radio stories when needed.
•    Lead and implement community education and outreach strategies utilizing board members, RWS staff and volunteers as needed to effectively reach into the community; monitor effectiveness of these strategies on an annual basis.
•    Support grant writing activities by providing statistics, information and other data to grant writers as requested; identify annual grant funding goals and priorities with the Board.

Management (Human Resources and Administrative): 40%
•    Lead hiring activities for all RWS staff and interns; ensure appropriate practices and protocols are in place for onboarding new employees.
•    Supervise, evaluate, and provide guidance to the Rehabilitation Program Manager (RPM) to ensure that the highest standards of animal care are followed.
•    Conduct annual performance review for the RPM; co-conduct performance reviews for other staff with the RPM, such as rehabilitation and outreach employees.
•    Ensure a positive, professional, and safe working environment at all times for both humans and animals; ensure daily and systemic commitment to diversity and inclusion and ensure RWS remains a welcoming space for all personnel.
•    Oversee implementation of policies and practices approved by the Board.
•    Manage overall RWS budget, ensuring effective and efficient use of resources; request emergency funding from Board as needed and make payments for all RWS invoices.
•    Process biweekly payroll using Intuit QuickBooks; schedule payroll tax payments; work closely with Board Treasurer to accurately categorize expenses in QuickBooks.
•    Manage shared general inquiry RWS email account and train staff on appropriate responses to public inquiries about animals in need, outreach programs, volunteer interest, etc.
•    Write monthly Operations Report and attend monthly meetings with the Board of Directors.
•    Serve as point of contact between Board and Staff, implementing Board initiatives and advocating for Staff needs where appropriate.

Rehabilitation (Animal Care): 10%
•    Apply for and maintain an annual wildlife rehabilitation permit through VDWR.
•    Provide guidance for Rehabilitation Program Manager as needed; work with the RPM to develop and improve rehabilitation protocols and make final rehabilitation decisions.
•    Answer the phone and respond to rehabilitation-related questions from the public; collaborate with RPM staff and interns to ensure consistent and clear communications with the public and community.
•    Assist RPM in developing biosecurity protocols and monitor standards of cleanliness in nurseries, kitchen, laundry room and outdoor enclosures to ensure health and safety of animals and RWS team members.
•    Provide back-up support for animal care if needed.
 
Applicant Requirements
•    A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Studies, Zoology, Communications, Marketing, or a related field to wildlife and/or nonprofit management.
•    An up-to-date Tetanus shot and rabies-vaccine series. If you do not have a current rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis series, RWS will cover the cost of these important immunizations.
•    Current COVID-19 vaccine series and a willingness to abide by all organizational COVID restrictions.
•    A valid Driver’s License for operating vehicles in Virginia.
•    A firm understanding of animal welfare best practices and how to reduce patient stress.
•    Demonstrated experience in public speaking and thinking creatively to establish novel connections with donors, other    nonprofit organizations, and corporate partners.
•    Enthusiasm for the work, time-efficiency, an ability to nurture teamwork and step in as needed to support the other RWS    staff.
•    A deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accountability. RWS strives to be an anti-racist workplace and welcomes individuals of all lived experiences and identities.
 
Preferred Qualifications
•    A working knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife management, and/or natural history for species native to Virginia.
•    Knowledge of state and federal regulations related to the handling and care of wildlife.
•    Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
•    Ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions, as needed.
•    Experience working with donor management databases like Salesforce or Little Green Light and e-marketing tools like Mailchimp.

Salary
The anticipated salary for the Executive Director position is $55,000. This is a full-time exempt position.

How to Apply / Contact
Please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to phooka@sprintmail.com by December 15, 2022. Cover letters should be addressed to the Executive Director Search Committee.
REHABILITATION PROGRAM MANAGER
Apply by January 1, 2023

About Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to bettering our environment through wildlife rehabilitation and raising public awareness about the importance of wild animals. Serving Central Virginia from our modern facility in Shipman, the Sanctuary’s 4 permanent staff and dozens of volunteers rehabilitate almost 900 wildlife patients annually. Animal care is provided across 2 indoor nurseries and 50 outdoor enclosures on the property. The Sanctuary also offers free educational programming in schools and community centers with the help of our team of education ambassador animals. This combination of rehabilitative care and community outreach constitutes the Sanctuary’s deep and lasting commitment to creating a vibrant and compassionate future for our wild neighbors here in Virginia.

Position Description
Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary (RWS) is seeking a thoughtful, experienced wildlife rehabilitator who is passionate about wildlife and its importance to the environment. RWS has a three-part mission:
1. Rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned native wildlife in Central Virginia and release them back into the wild.
2. Inform the community about what to do when an injured or orphaned wild animal is found and who to contact for help with the animal.
3. Educate the residents of Central Virginia about the habitats and needs of native wildlife and how to best support wildlife conservation.

The Rehabilitation Program Manager (RPM) is responsible for directing the first part of this mission while supporting the Executive Director in achieving the second and third parts. The RPM will lead our wildlife rehabilitation program, overseeing the care of nearly 900 patients and 10 ambassador animals annually while supervising a small team of rehab staff and interns. The RPM will be ultimately responsible for all decision-making related to wildlife care and developing rehabilitation protocols that reflect the highest standards of care in the field.
The Sanctuary operates from 7 AM - 7 PM during our busy spring and summer seasons, and rehabilitation shifts are typically either 7AM-3PM or 11AM-7 PM. The Rehabilitation Program Manager will primarily be working the opening shift. There may be an option for 4x10 hour shifts per week depending on employee interest and staffing needs. Weekend work may be required, but each employee has two consecutive days off per week. Due to the nature of wildlife rehabilitation, remote or hybrid work is not an option for this position.
 
Job Duties and Responsibilities
 
Reporting to the Executive Director,, the Rehabilitation Program Manager will have overall operational responsibility for ensuring excellent, safe care to all RWS patients and non-releasable education ambassadors.

Rehabilitation (Animal Care): 80%
•  Manage daily rehabilitation operations at the Sanctuary, directing and carrying out treatment for patients while supervising staff and volunteers; ensure exemplary husbandry for all patients and non-releasable ambassador animals.
•  Oversee training and enrichment of education ambassador animals, including scale/target-training, handling, and glove-training raptors as needed.
•  Develop and improve rehabilitation protocols and make final rehabilitation decisions; perform humane euthanasia when necessary.
•  Develop biosecurity protocols and maintain high standards of cleanliness in nurseries, kitchen, laundry room and outdoor enclosures.
•  Monitor each animal’s health, attitude, weight, appetite, etc., and maintain written records of each animal’s progress.
•  Admit new patients and complete associated paper and digital records in WILD-One; examine and initiate first aid to patients and new arrivals.
•  Perform restraints, examination, diagnostic procedures and treatment of animals.
•  Maintain inventory of supplies, including bulk animal feeds and PPE; order supplies as necessary while maintaining a firm commitment to appropriate budgeting.
•  Arrange transport of incoming animals to RWS and transport severely injured animals to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
•  Coordinate transfer of conspecifics to and from RWS to other permitted rehabilitators in Virginia; determine patient capacities by species as needed.
•  Answer hotline phone and respond to rehabilitation-related questions from the public via email; train staff and interns in appropriate responses to questions.
•  Prepare specialized meals for a variety of species; update patient meal protocols and nutritional profiles as needed.
•  Evaluate patients for release and perform releases as needed.
•  Coordinate maintenance and repair of animal enclosures with carpentry volunteers or staff.

Administrative (Human Resources and Permits):  20%
•  Manage wildlife rehabilitation volunteer program, serving as point of contact for interested new volunteers and organizing volunteer shifts.
•  Maintain RWS’s state and federal rehabilitation, exhibition, and salvage permits and submit annual reports at the state and federal level; ensure compliance with state and federal wildlife handling regulations.
•  Maintain personal state rehabilitation permit including at least 6 hours of continuing education annually.
•  Make next month’s shift schedules for staff and interns by the end of each month.
•  Assist Executive Director in hiring processes for staff and interns by reviewing applications and interviewing applicants.
•  Onboard new rehabilitation employees by assisting with their rehab permitting process, rabies vaccination series, and new hire paperwork.
•  Train, supervise and mentor staff and interns.
•  Monitor all staff and volunteer rabies titer statuses, maintaining a schedule and reminding personnel about titer appointment needs.
•  With the support of the Executive Director, conduct annual reviews for rehabilitation staff.
•  Plan and implement effective community education and outreach programming with the Executive Director.
•  Attend fundraising events and serve as a public representative for RWS at various engagements, as needed.
 
Applicant Requirements
•  At least 3 years of direct experience in wildlife rehabilitation, preferably having worked with species native to Virginia, Appalachia, and/or the East Coast.
•  At least 1 year of supervisory experience in wildlife rehabilitation or management.
•  An up-to-date Tetanus shot and rabies-vaccine series. If you do not have a current rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis series, RWS will cover the cost of these important immunizations.
•  Current COVID-19 vaccine series and a willingness to abide by all organizational COVID restrictions.
•  Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
•  Ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions performing manual labor, such as cleaning enclosures or collecting natural browse for patients.
•  A valid Driver’s License for operating vehicles in Virginia.
•  A working knowledge of team management and leadership and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with both staff and members of the public.
•  Enthusiasm for the work and a strong understanding of time-efficiency.
•  A firm understanding of animal welfare best practices and how to reduce patient stress.
•  A deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accountability. RWS strives to be an anti-racist workplace and welcomes individuals of all lived experiences and identities.

Preferred Qualifications
•  A Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, or related field is preferred but not required for this role. Experience in wildlife rehabilitation and team management is most important to being successful in this role.
•  Experience developing scientifically-informed biosecurity protocols and a firm commitment to providing the highest standard of cleanliness for the Sanctuary’s patients and staff.
•  Knowledge of state and federal regulations related to the handling and care of wildlife.
•  Experience working with online wildlife patient databases, like WildONe or WRMD.
•  Experience training wildlife using positive reinforcement methods, and ideally experience working with glove-trained raptors.

Salary
The anticipated salary range for the Rehabilitation Program Manager position is $40,000-$45,000. This is a full-time exempt position with benefits.

To Apply
Please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to Anju Grover, President of the RWS Board of Directors at groveranjuu@gmail.com by January 1, 2023.
SUMMER 2023 INTERNSHIP
Application period opens January 15, 2023

The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary (RWS) internship program is an eight-week, paid position. These internships provide an incredible introduction to animal care and nonprofit work: our interns are key members of our summer team, participating in critical elements of the Sanctuary’s mission. We seek dedicated individuals who are passionate about wildlife, comfortable with animals, and ready to work hard for a good cause.
There are three internships available for Summer 2023. Internships are 8 hours per day, 5 days per week (including weekends) for 8 weeks. Compensation is $10/hour, with maximum pay of $3,200 for the 8-week time period. Housing is provided at no cost. We have not yet determined the exact dates for 2023's internships and will update this listing by the start of the application period.

Applicant Requirements: 
•    Applicants must be 18 years or older.
•    Applicants must be up to date on the tetanus vaccination.
•    Applicants must complete the rabies vaccination sequence prior to the start of the position. Funding is available for this important vaccination if your health insurance will not cover it. 
•    Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot, and be willing to wear a mask when required.
•    Applicants must have access to a car for transporting animals (and yourself) to the Sanctuary.

What does an internship at a wildlife rehabilitation facility entail?
Animal Care
•    Provide excellent rehabilitative care to all animals at the facility.
•    Daily cleaning and feeding of all animals housed at the facility, including our rehabilitation patients and our education ambassador animals.
•    Monitor patient health, attitude, weight, appetite, etc., and maintain written records of each animal’s progress.
•    Assist with restraint, examination, diagnostic procedures and treatment of animals, as needed.
•    Admit patients and complete associated records. Examine and initiate first aid to patients or new arrivals.
•    Arrange transport of incoming animals to the Sanctuary and transport of severely injured animals to The Wildlife Center of Virginia.
•    Maintain high standards of cleanliness in nurseries, kitchen, laundry room, and animal housing areas.
•    Prepare specialized meals for a variety of species, including making “bird batter” for feeding baby birds.
Other Duties
•    Answer the phone and respond to rehabilitation related questions from the public when needed.
•    Assist in collecting photographs of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds for our website, social media accounts, newsletter, and presentations.
•    Help with fundraising and/or outreach events, when necessary.
•    Other duties, responsibilities, and special projects, as requested.

What should I expect from my internship at RWS?
•    Hands-on learning and experience with wildlife, with species ranging from field mice to foxes and songbirds to large raptors (and don’t forget reptiles!).
•    A greater appreciation for the natural history of Virginian wildlife and their role in the environment.
•    Time management and multi-tasking skills. You will learn how to efficiently approach a large workload that is time-sensitive in a fun and interesting environment.
•    Experience with humans! You will be working with a small team of rehabilitators as well as working frequently with the public by intaking animals and answering phone calls throughout your internship.
•    How to handle hard situations, like the death of a patient or difficult public relations.
•    You will appreciate the value of teamwork and the importance of curiosity.
•    You will learn whether or not you want to pursue wildlife rehabilitation or any other animal care/conservation field.

What shouldn't I expect from my internship at RWS? 
•    Making copies, filing paperwork, or other administrative tasks.
•    A sedentary job. Our rehabbers, volunteers, and interns average 25K steps daily!
•    Staying clean. We work largely outdoors in hot, humid conditions, and a lot of the most important tasks (like cleaning outdoor enclosures) can get pretty messy. We leave work every day pretty seriously ready for a shower!

Benefits:
Compensation: In an attempt to broaden the scope of individuals who may participate in our internships, we are happy to offer a paid internship program thanks to grant funding. Compensation is $10/hour with no overtime available, although interns do need to work some overtime occasionally.
Housing: We provide housing, but the housing is not on the property of the Sanctuary. Thus, it will be necessary for you to have access to a car for the duration of your internship.
Please let us know in your application if you have an up-to-date rabies vaccination. If not, we pay for our summer interns to receive rabies vaccinations prior to their internship. 

To Apply:
If you're interested in joining the RWS team this summer, please send your resume and a cover letter (focusing your experience and/or passion for wildlife or nature) to info@rockfishwildlifesanctuary.org by February 15th, 2023. We can't wait to hear from you!

What Past RWS Interns Have to Say: 
“Rockfish is amazing. This organization, and the wonderful staff, have taught me so much about wildlife care and the functions of a non-profit organization. RWS has ultimately shaped my educational and professional life into what it is today, and for that, I am forever grateful.” - Jamie, 2018 & 2019 intern, staff in 2021 
“Working at RWS gave me exactly the experience I was looking for! I saw the good, the bad and the ugly that come up when working with wildlife and loved every second of it. After my internship concluded I was certain that a career in wildlife conservation was what I wanted, and RWS will always hold a special place in my heart for helping me come to this realization.” - Silas, 2017 Intern
VOLUNTEERING

A PhD Candidate in literature. A photographer. A landscaper. What do these diverse people have in common? All of them volunteer their time and expertise for Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. Without their incredible generosity–and that of dozens of others–Rockfish would be unable to function.

Here are some of the things that volunteers do at the Sanctuary:

• Build enclosures
• Feed baby animals
• Transport animals to and from the Sanctuary
• Go shopping for the Sanctuary’s food needs
• Fund raise
• Design educational presentations
• Provide marketing expertise
• And so much more!

Our volunteers are the reason we can offer quality educational programming and animal care in our area. If you choose to join us, we can promise a deeply rewarding experience. We’d love to find out how we can make the most of your skills and contributions, and how you would best fit with Rockfish’s needs. Please call (434-263-4954) or e-mail (info@rockfishwildlifesanctuary.org) to find out how you can help!

Note: animal care volunteers are required to obtain a state permit to rehabilitate wildlife. Our rehabbers will be happy to guide you through this process, but no non-permitted person will be able to handle wildlife.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP

There are lots of ways that you can help the Sanctuary’s work, even if you don’t have the money to donate today, or the time to be a volunteer or an intern. Here are a few things that keep us going!

Serve as a Board Member
Interested in guiding RWS further by being on our board?
Email your resume to info@rockfishwildlifesanctuary.org.

Donate Supplies
Our animals always need supplies to keep them healthy, fed, and warm. We need:
• LOTS of paper towels & plain Kleenex​​​​​​​
• Bales of hay
• Blue pads (aka, “pee pee” pads, available at pet stores and other retailers)
• Dawn Dish Soap
• Gas cards for transporters
• Handwarmers to provide warmth to animals in transport
• Gift cards to grocery stores for fresh veggies and fruits for RWS patients
• Gift cards to area pet stores and wild bird seed suppliers
• Gift cards to Southern States

Shop or Donate an Item at the Greene House Antique Shops
The Sanctuary’s super volunteer, Candace Goodyear, has created a special space at the Greene House Antique Shops in Ruckersville to help support the sanctuary. You can help the Sanctuary by buying an item or donating one to the Rockfish shop. All proceeds benefit the Sanctuary!
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