Compensation: Competitive full time pay plus excellent health, prescription drug, vision, and dental insurance, 401K, paid overtime (we work 40 to 47 hours per week), paid time off/paid vacation, and paid training.
Employment type: Full-time
You can watch our team rescue honey bees here: https://youtu.be/6pGbZTKaS74
This is a career! Our organization was founded in 1976 and has 80 full-time employees who all enjoy stability and great benefits. Our team has been featured on National Geographic and Discovery Channel; if you enjoy nature and adventure, consider a career with us!
No experience is required, because we provide a couple months of daily full-time paid on-the-job training. That's right, we will pay you to learn your job.
You might wonder how we can afford to offer such extensive training, right? The answer is, retaining our workers is part of our secret sauce. Our clients appreciate that our staff are experts. We never hire temporary or summer workers and our retention rates are unbeatably high. We are a great workplace and the result of our high retention adds value for our clients because they get a well-trained and seasoned expert visiting their home. You'll learn how to safely set up ladders, how to inspect for signs of animals (like paw prints and fur), and how to perform basic repairs (like installing an animal-proof vent cover).
Please review the information below and let us know if you have the intelligence, strength and commitment to join our team. Although you don't need any prior experience with animals, experience with ladders, tools, safe driving, and walking on roofs is preferred. Fully trained technicians inspect the roof of every home we visit, so you must have the strength and fitness to load our ladder on and off our trucks many times each day, position the ladder, and climb up to the roofs. When you climb down, you may be carrying tools or other materials with you. This is a job for someone handy, smart, and fit.
Seeking fit, smart, enthusiastic people to train as permanent, full-time field technicians.
Our specialty is humane removal, exclusion, and damage remediation for all species of wildlife that damage property or pose a threat to human health and safety in Illinois.
Our company is open every day (365-days a year), but we each work a 4 to 5-day week. We rotate for days off, so you will need to work some weekend days. Most days begin around 7:30 a.m. and end around 5 p.m., but sometimes you will need to work later, like in the summer during our busy season.
We guarantee an average of 40 hours per week year-round. The summer season features opportunities for overtime, which is paid time and a half. You might work 50+ hours per week in the summer and closer to 40 in the winter.
40 hours per week of paid on-the-job training/apprenticeship, as well as classroom training for the first 4 to 5 weeks. This is a long-term position, not a ‘temporary’ or ‘summer help’ type of job. We invest so much training and development into our staff that we hope to retain them for a number of years. We strive for and achieve very low turnover, and because of this, we have an excellent and highly trained team.
We do not require that you have experience in our field, or knowledge about trapping or wildlife. Since our training program is very thorough, we will teach you everything that you need to know to do the job. The type of experiences and aptitudes that we are looking for are intelligence, good conversation skills, physical fitness (this job is physically rigorous), skill with ladders and climbing/walking on roofs, skill with using a drill and other tools to install animal-proof chimney caps and vent covers, an excellent driving record, honesty, dependability and a friendly disposition.
You report for work each day to our Schaumburg headquarters. This job is similar to being a police officer, because you wear our uniform (which happen to be good-looking--made by companies like Columbia and the North Face), drive our trucks, use our equipment, and our dispatchers send you out on wildlife calls.
Most of our calls are for squirrels, raccoons, or skunks. You will be setting the appropriate humane trap, pick-up animals that are in traps, educate clients about the animal trapping process, take measurements, and install chimney caps and other barrier methods on the clients' homes to keep other animals from entering.
The Down Side:
Since many kinds of animals are dangerously overpopulated, we are required by law to put some of the animals we catch to sleep. We dislike having to do this, because we are all animal lovers here, but it is the law, so we must. Apply for this job, only if you would be okay with following all laws, including that one.
Salary and Benefits:
Licensing alone is a two-month process. We pay an hourly wage and with all overtime new techs average about $36,000.00 per year. We offer time and a half pay for any work performed over 40 hours. We have paid vacation, 401k, and outstanding medical, dental, and vision insurance! There are many merit-based opportunities for advancement. We take your training and advancement very seriously, as mentioned before we are a growing company that is building a team that we can count on for a long time. Most of our managers started at Field Technicians and were promoted from within.
How to Apply:
Please read the information provided above, and respond with your name, the town you live in, your telephone number, your availability, and especially why you feel you would be a good candidate for this job. You may include your resume as an attachment, but we don't require it during this stage of hiring. Please make sure to include your telephone number, so we can call you back for a telephone interview.
Additional Information about our Company:
We offer free lectures on wildlife to local libraries and schools through our partner not-for-profit organization.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our organization.
*We humanely manage urban wildlife in the interest of human health and safety from an environmental sustainability perspective, with a love of nature, and a deep respect for all living things.*
Over the last 40 years, we have grown in experience and skill. Today we serve 6 Chicago counties and help more than 4,000 customers each year who are experiencing disturbance and damage caused by raccoons, mice, skunks, squirrels, opossums, bees, wasps, hornets, and many other wild animals.
Every one of our team members is licensed by the state of Illinois as a wildlife control expert, and each one of them is dedicated to solving the wildlife problems of Chicago’s residents, businesses, and municipalities with thoroughness and professionalism. We are available to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, because wild animals don’t care if it’s a weekend or holiday.
Trust the experienced professionals of ABC Humane Wildlife to take care of your wildlife problem and to keep your family safe.