Lead Volunteer Rodent Wrangler


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


720B East Vine DriveFort Collins, CO 80526


The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Fort Collins, is looking to add to our team! We are recruiting for a lead rodent wrangler to assist in our efforts in raptor rehabilitation and education through providing vital live and frozen food sources raised at our facility. This is a volunteer opportunity, working independently under limited supervision from staff while overseeing up to 15 volunteer rodent wranglers and participating in regular rodent care. The colony consists of rats and mice; the daily care of the rodents is primarily done by a volunteer crew of rodent wranglers. The volunteer rodent wrangler lead would function as the liaison between staff and wranglers and have responsibility for the overall care and health of the rodents. All training, supplies, and personal protection materials are provided. Rodent experience is preferred but not required.

Duties include:
- Train, supervise, and provide feedback to wranglers
- Provide daily care as needed, commonly once a week for mice and rats each
- Humanely euthanize rodents using CO2
- Evaluate rodent productivity and suitability for feeding/breeding
- Obtain new breeders internally or externally
- Maintain supplies and equipment
- Monitor rodent health under guidance from staff and volunteer vet
- Communicate with rodent wranglers via email, text, or in-person regarding issues, concerns, attendance, performance, and other information. Potentially can occur on any day.
- Update written materials as needed

Skills/traits desired, opportunity specific training is provided:
- Time management
- Personal accountability and responsibility
- Proactive communication
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Cooperative teamwork ability
- Self-motivated
- Comfort with handling live animals or ability to learn
- Comfort with rodents being a food source
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking and analytical ability
- Decision making and problem solving ability
- Familiarity with rodents as pets or in breeding situations given priority

Work Environment and commitment:
- Requires a once to twice a week commitment for up up to 5 or 10 hours respectively, flexible scheduling to fit your availability, not to exceed 10 hours per week
- minimum commitment of 1 year, longer term commitment heavily preferred
- Current tetanus shot required
- Work occurs in a warehouse with limited temperature control; around 50 degrees in the winter and up to 90 degrees in the summer
- Physical conditions include exposure to dust, disinfectant, and rodent feces/urine, standing/walking on concrete, gravel, and other uneven surfaces, bending, lifting up to 25 pounds, twisting, reaching overhead, controlling rapidly moving small animals (requiring good reflexes and manual dexterity)

Minimum age of 18.


  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 - 10 hours per week as desired

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