Sanctuary Manager

The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary , Hope Valley, Rhode Island

Employment Position: Sanctuary Manager
Salary: $30,000/yr + Onsite Housing  
Start: Immediately

 Position Description: Foster Parrots, Ltd. and The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and protection of unwanted and abused companion parrots and other displaced captive exotic animals. We are seeking an Sanctuary Manager to join our sanctuary team.  The primary responsibility of this position is a focus on direct animal care with an emphasis on managing the day to day operations of our facility.  This position works in tandem with the Sanctuary Director to drive forward the future vision and growth of the organization.

This is a physically demanding position requiring someone who is creative, self-motivated, passionate about animals and willing to immerse themselves in the culture of the organization.  You must be willing to learn from others and also to self-educate. Our ideal Sanctuary Manager candidate is self-motivated, highly dependable and capable of thinking “outside of the box” in regards to evaluating the needs of the birds and animals and working as a part of a team to research, plan and execute a robust and wholistic approach to animal care. This person will be involved in the direct care of the parrots and be capable of stepping in when and where needed.  Assisting with volunteer training and educational outreach will also be required.


  • Management:

    • Maintain medical records, treatment plans, veterinary appointments and quarantine schedule/protocols.

    • Manage sanctuary food and utility supplies.

    • Maintain medical room and intake quarantine.

    • Help train staff and volunteers about animal care treatment and feeding plans.

    • Work alongside The Sanctuary Director to determine adjustments and future plans for The Animal Care program.

  • Avian Care:

    • Hands-on parrot care including feeding, cleaning, handling. 

    • Observe both physical and mental health and wellbeing of animals. 

    • Restrain and handle animals when needing veterinary care. 

    • Administer medication when needed. 

    • Routine maintenance of nails and beaks when needed.  

Required Skills and Experience

  • Parrot care and handling ability is required. 

  • Familiarity with concepts of enrichment and naturalistic environments for captive wildlife is required

  • Must have a valid driver's license and have reliable access to a vehicle.

  • Must be able to lift over 50lbs.

  • Self starter, ability to work independently or lead a team. 

Work Expectations

  • Must enjoy leading teams and working alongside a diverse group of people and animals.

  • This is a very physically demanding position, with long hours working on your feet in lifting and maneuvering large objects.

  • This is not a position defined by a 40 hour work week. This is a lifestyle investment.  The Sanctuary Manager be scheduled for 5 day work weeks. Weekend and holiday hours must be anticipated, though we strive to work as a team to accommodate holiday plans or special events for fellow staff members. 

  • A positive mental attitude is essential, as is the ability to inspire and motivate others!

  • Onsite Housing (required).

  • After six months of service, employees receive 5 paid “flex days”.

  • After one year of service employees receive 10 paid “flex days”

  • Expenses for work related travel (gas) are paid by the organization.

  • Substantial growth potential within organization.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to