Animal Care Specialist

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

Employment Position: Animal Care Specialist / Full Time 

Compensation: $12/hr

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 Animal Care Specialist to join our sanctuary team.  The primary responsibility of this position is a focus on direct animal care with an emphasis on feeding, cleaning and maintaining healthy living environments for the sanctuary animals. 

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 Animal Care Specialist candidate is self-motivated, highly dependable and capable of thinking “outside of the box” in regards to evaluating the needs of the birds. This person will be involved in the direct care of the parrots and be capable of stepping in when and where needed.  Basic facility maintenance and repair is also required, so a level of resourcefulness and problem solving skills is necessary.


  • Animal Care:
    • Hands-on parrot care focused on feeding, cleaning and occasional handling. 
    • Observe both physical and mental health and well-being of animals. 
    • Occasionally restrain and handle animals when needing veterinary care. 
    • Administer medication when needed. 
    • Assist Sanctuary Manager with routine maintenance of nails and beaks when needed. 
    • Help train volunteers and staff with animal care protocols.

Work Expectations

  • This is one of the most physically demanding positions at the sanctuary,  requiring the ability to stand and work on your feet for multiple hours.  Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs.  Scraping, sweeping and mopping aviary floors will be a daily requirement.
  • This is a full-time position. 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. 
  • All employees must be comfortable with unpredictable schedules, as the nature of working with animals requires patience and flexibility. 
  • Must be comfortable occasionally giving tours of the sanctuary to visitors or groups, and be able to work alongside a diverse community of volunteers, staff and visitors. 
  • A positive mental attitude is essential, as is the ability to inspire and motivate others!
  • After six months of service, employees receive 5 paid “flex days”.
  • After one year of service employees receive 10 paid “flex days”
  • Substantial growth potential within organization.

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to