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Executive Director

The Executive Director must have exceptional leadership, non-profit management and fund development experience that supports our mission. They must have a proven ability to build strong community and individual relationships across diverse groups and create an awareness of the good work we do throughout the Northwoods.


Business Development and Communications:

  • Maintain current and build new partnerships, establishing relationships with stakeholders, funders, and political and community leaders to increase community and financial support.
  • Provide guidance and direction to the Board of Directors to support fund development. 
  • Develop new ideas to generate cost-effective revenue that further expands the reach of NWC . 
  • Utilize all forms of media and marketing methods to communicate with the public
  • Maintain donor database to support all NWC marketing and fundraising efforts
  • Develop strong relationships with all regional media to support and expand donor communication
  • Serve as NWC spokesperson with media and community members • Participate in local and regional community events to broaden NWC exposure
  • Collect ongoing data that supports the success of the work in wildlife rehabilitation, education, and research to be used in a variety of communication methods  
  • Share NWC’s vision and mission to a large variety of audiences from individual donors, businesses, service organizations, schools, and foundations throughout the Northwoods to inspire involvement

Leadership and Management:

  • Manage and provide leadership, guidance and mentoring to a diverse staff of wildlife rehabilitators, educators, volunteers, and interns
  • Establish staff expectations to meet responsibilities, create performance metrics and conduct staff evaluations
  • Establish and support staff career development plans that benefit the employees and NWC
  • Develop a short- and long-term strategic plan with Board of Directors and NWC staff
  • Recruit and retain skilled candidates to ensure NWC is properly staffed and licensed
  • Effectively engage and utilize volunteers, board members, committee members, alumni, partnering organizations/businesses and donors
  • Utilize committees to effectively implement projects, maintain facilities, build strong communications, and meet fundraising objectives
  • Develop procedures and policies that allow staff and volunteers to achieve goals and create a positive and nurturing work environment
  • Provide Board of Directors with key/critical information, developments and opportunities aligned with NWC goals and mission. Seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing and future plans


  • Develop annual budget with Board of Directors. Oversee department budgets with rehabilitation and education department managers throughout fiscal year
  • Ensure policies and procedures are developed and enforced that support a safe and positive work environment
  • Ensure necessary licenses are in place for operations with state and federal agencies
  • Maintain and expand current Northwoods Wildlife Center volunteer program
  • Oversee facility maintenance and repairs
  • Ensure compliance with providers of insurance, financial institutions, and government agencies


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Northwoods Wildlife Center’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience.

Other qualifications include:

  • Experience managing a non-profit organization – experience with wildlife and/or environmental education is encouraged
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings
  • Ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives
  • Strong fiscal management abilities
  • Past success working with Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships
  • Strong listening, written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal, public relations, conflict resolution and crisis communications
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning and fund development
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Strong familiarity with the communities and tourism of Northern Wisconsin
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, internet, and social media
  • Unwavering commitment to treat all living creatures and their environment with respect and kindness

Education: 5+ years’ experience managing a non-profit organization 4-year degree preferred

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Northwoods Wildlife Center HR Committee at

Assistant Wildlife Rehabilitator


  • Admit wildlife patients, perform triage, and conduct physical exams.
  • Perform daily animal care and husbandry including feeding, cleaning cages, and administering medications.
  • Work alongside veterinarians to develop and execute treatment plans for wildlife patients.
  • Complete care and treatment records in both physical and digital forms.
  • Supervise volunteers and interns in completion of animal care and clinic support tasks, assign duties and oversee projects. Ensure that protocols for infection/disease control are being followed by all.
  • Ensure that all animals are being handled in a manner that maximizes human and animal safety, including the training of staff/volunteers on safety procedures.
  • Ability to adapt to constantly changing situations, such as emergency transport/vet visits/injured animals/direct rescues.
  • Assist with releasing rehabilitated patients.
  • Respond to emails and phone calls from the general public, offering accurate knowledge on wildlife issues, and providing exceptional customer service.
  • Assist in maintaining inventory and purchasing department supplies within budget guidelines.
  • On-call at nights on a rotating schedule
    • Perform after hours care of sick/injured/orphaned animals (heaviest workload from April-August).
    • Return calls on the after-hours emergency phone giving guidance to people regarding sick/injured/orphaned wild animals.
  • Provide input to animal care protocols and facility procedures.
  • Responsible for compliance with required state and federal reporting, procedures, including annual admission/disposition statistics, drug usage reporting, and any other directives issued by agencies governing the animal care activities.


Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS) from a four-year college in biology, ecology, or a related field preferred. Will consider a Veterinary Technician associate degree. Relevant and direct experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • 1- 2 years of wildlife rehabilitation experience
  • WI wildlife rehabilitation license, or willing to apply for Wisconsin wildlife rehabilitation license
  • Euthanasia certification preferred, or ability to obtain certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Must be vaccinated for tetanus. Rabies vaccination preferred, but not required.
  • Capable of handling a demanding workload and long hours, seasonally.
  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Must be a reliable team player, and also be solid to work independently.
  • Must be able to lift/move a minimum of 50 lbs, and be able to work in all seasons, in any weather.

This is a full-time (seasonally varies 35-40+ hrs/wk), including some holidays, weekends, and evenings. Salary is based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include HRA (health reimbursement benefits), paid holidays, earned PTO, and sick leave.

Position Start Date: August 1, 2021 - September 1, 2021, depending on availability

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021, unless filled sooner.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, copy of school transcript, and three references to