The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild.


Job Title:     Veterinary Technician / Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper

Department: Veterinary Care

Division:      Animal

Grade Level: 6, $17.50 / hour

Exemption:   Non-Exempt

Level of Authority:

Reports to:    Veterinarians

Supervises:   Volunteers, students



The Living Desert (TLD) is seeking a qualified candidate to join the Veterinary Care and Animal Care Teams as a Veterinary Technician / Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper. This is a full-time position, with time split between the Veterinary Hospital and TLD’s Native Wildlife Conservation Program (NWCP) facility. This person assists in the administration of the animal health and wildlife rehabilitation programs as a veterinary technician 3 days per week. Two days per week, this person assumes care and husbandry of all patients in TLD’s NWCP facility. The successful candidate will support TLD in our mission of, “Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation,” and will help the TLD achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture.


The Veterinary Care Team: 

- Practices high quality medicine and maintains exceptional professional standards.

- Has great enthusiasm for the professions of zoological medicine and wildlife rehabilitation. 

- Adheres to the highest animal welfare standards and works as a team.

- Performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that will move TLD into the future. 


Essential Duties:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



Equipment Used:

PC computer, general office equipment, radio, vehicles, medical equipment, standard capture equipment, small hand-held power tools.


Physical Position Description:

Essential Physical Tasks: Standing, walking, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions, lifting (up to 50lbs).

Typical Working Conditions: Exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, and dust/airborne materials. Works with potentially dangerous animals (carnivores, venomous animals) and potential for zoonotic disease exposure.

Holiday Work: Holiday, evening and weekend work required. Available on an as needed basis for emergencies.

Travel: Occasional off-site travel to release rehabilitated animals. Continuing education conferences and workshops, as required to maintain licensing.


How to Apply: Qualified applicants should send resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Head Staff Veterinarian, at

Deadline for submissions: July 10, 2019.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.