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Job Title:      Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper (Part-Time)

Division:       Animal

Department: Veterinary Care Services

Level:    5      

Exemption:  Non-exempt

Level of Authority:

Reports to:    Veterinarian

Supervises:    Volunteers


Position Summary:

The Living Desert is seeking a qualified candidate to join the Veterinary Care Services and Animal Care Teams as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Keeper (Part-Time), 3 days per week. The individual in this position provides care for injured, sick, or orphaned native wild animals in The Living Desert’s Native Wildlife Conservation Program (NWCP).


The successful candidate is a motivated, hard-working team member who is enthusiastic about providing care for and promoting coexistence with native wildlife. This individual must be an effective communicator with excellent guest service and possess the ability to work confidently and calmly in a dynamic environment.


This keeper will support TLD in our mission of, “Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation,” and will help 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. 


Specific Responsibilities and Duties include, but are not limited to:




Equipment Used:


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 as needed basis for emergencies.

Travel: Occasional off-site travel to release rehabilitated animals.


How to Apply:

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

Deadline for submissions: January 24, 2020.

The Living Desert

47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 346-5694




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.