Clinic Assistant

Website missionwildbird Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Celebrating Environmental Education

Position Description

Clinical Assistants help our team to fulfill one of the biggest parts of our mission; to rehabilitate sick and injured birds. Aside from the feeling of satisfaction in know that they’ve helped us to save the lives of our patients, CAs also gain a great amount of experience working in an animal-hospital setting. Our team at Mission Wild Birds has to cover a huge variety of behind-the-scenes tasks (ex: cleaning dishes, laundry, feeding patients…etc.), and CAs help us to ensure the prosperity of the over 1,000 patients that we take in on a yearly basis.


  • Sweeping/mopping of floors
  • Laundry
  • Scrubbing crates/enclosures
  • Preparing crates/enclosures for patients
  • Washing dishes
  • General cleaning
  • Assistance maintaining outdoor birdfeeders and water dishes
  • Preparing patient diets and assist with patient feed out.
  • Occasionally help with short errands (IE: grocery store run)
  • Observe/assist with surgical cases
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Hospital Manager

Immediate Supervisor

Hospital Manager


  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to lift and carry 20 pounds
  • Reliable transportation to and from the hospital
  • Comfortable being around birds in enclosed areas
  • Ability to work in hot/humid conditions.


Clinic Assistants receive on-the-job training by the hospital staff. Initial training takes place over the course of one full shift, and retraining is available upon request or as needed.

Scheduling Commitment

Clinical Assistants are scheduled for three-hour shifts that take place in the morning (7:30am – 10:30am) and/or afternoon (1:00pm – 4:00pm). CA shifts are scheduled every day of the week. Occasionally (especially during the “slow seasons”) shifts may end early, as seen fit by the hospital staff. CA are required to log a minimum of at least six hours of service each month.


Due to the potential risk of contracting airborne pathogens and the presence of potential allergy agents, we do not recommend this volunteering position to those that may unintentionally spread disease and ailments to other individuals or groups of people. While one of the largest benefits of working as a CA includes working directly with animals, please keep in mind that our hospital is a working environment, and our patients are wild animals that require to use of safe, professional handling practices.

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