Minimum age: 18 years
KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION OR TRAINING:
- Must have excellent oral communication skills
- Must be able to write clearly and listen effectively
- Must possess the organizational and planning skills to determine work priorities and schedules
- At least one year employment at an animal shelter or related professional experience handling animals is preferred
- Basic knowledge of animal health, behavior and nutrition
- Basic knowledge of Word and Excel; must be familiar with Windows environment, internet use and e-mail; experience with databases and data entry helpful
- High school graduate or possess a GED required
- Capable of being certified in CPR and human first aid
- Capable of becoming EBI (euthanasia by injection) certified
- Valid Washington State drivers license with good driving record
- Must communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
- Must be comfortable administering medications and injections
- Requires the ability to solve problems and make clear decisions quickly
- Must have good attention to detail
- Must be able to concentrate and produce accurate work despite frequent interruptions
- Must be able to negotiate, organize and manage multiple and complex projects
- Must be able to focus on strategic goals and objectives
- Must possess the ability to be sensitive to other opinions, perspectives or cultures
- Must be able to offer excellent customer service (internal and external)
- Must be able to have difficult conversations with customers regarding placement and euthanasia in a sensitive manner
- Must feel comfortable in dealing with angry, confused, distraught and/or irrational people
- Must exhibit initiative and motivation in performing all duties
- Must have good senses of hearing, vision, and smell (to distinguish between various odors)
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time and must be able to walk quickly
- Must be able to see clearly with a least one eye and have good dexterity and reflexes especially when restraining or moving an animal
- Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds with or without accommodation; crouch and bend at the waist and kneel; must be able to control dogs up to 200 pounds when on a leash
- Must be able and willing and able to safely drive long distances in challenging weather conditions such as snow, rain, ice, fog, and extreme heat; must be able to drive safely in heavy traffic
- General office and animal shelter environment. Frequent driving in extreme weather and heavy traffic required. When handling animals, there is a potential of animal bites, exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal dander and noise. Potential for working with angry or irate customers. Involves entering and leaving work areas alone and at night.
- Equipment Used: Personal computer and printer, office supplies, multi-lined telephone, copier, calculator, fax machine, safety boots, hearing protection, eye protection, respirators, gloves, animal leashes, clothes washer and dryer, broom, mop, hoses and nozzles, sprayers, scrapers, squeegees and animal dryers. Occasional use of shelter vehicles.
- Chemical Interaction: A wide variety of cleaners, disinfectants, detergents and medical products are used on a daily basis. Each position at the SH will likely encounter these chemicals during the routine performance of their duties. Specific instructions will be provided by a SH staff member for the safe and proper use of these chemicals. If there are any questions regarding this information, copies of our chemical MSDS sheets are available for review. If asked to use a product that is unfamiliar, contact your supervisor for proper instructions.
- Work Hours: Full-time non-exempt position. 40 hours per week scheduled, five days a week with potential for varied schedule to accommodate transfers. Must be available evening and/or weekend hours. Schedule may vary depending on coverage by other department staff, holidays, or emergencies.