KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION OR TRAINING:
- Basic knowledge of animal health, behavior and nutrition.
- Animal handling techniques.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Organizational and planning skills to determine work priorities, schedules and time.
- Must be able to read, write and listen effectively.
- Computer knowledge/experience required, familiarity with databases and/or Excel preferred.
- Experience working with volunteers.
- At least a high school graduate or GED.
Must be able to speak clearly, hear well and write legibly; to see clearly with at least one eye; and to distinguish between various odors by sense of smell. Must have good dexterity and sense of touch with both hands; to stand or sit for four to six hours at a time. Must be able to crouch, bend from the waist and kneel. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds without assistance, over 50 pounds with assistance (from floor to table and vice-versa, and/or carry for six to 10 feet, if not more). Must be able to concentrate and produce accurate work despite frequent interruptions. Must have good attention to detail, reasoning and problem-solving abilities, to perform mathematical calculations with or without a calculator.
Primarily indoor working conditions in an office/clinic setting. Some work may be done in kennels outdoors. Exposures to potential hazards include cleaning chemicals and disinfectants, needles, animal bites and scratches, zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted from vertebrate animals to people), animal hair, dander and wastes, pharmaceutical and biological agents, wet floors, potential electrical hazards. Constant noise and interruptions, back strain.
- Chemical Interaction: A wide variety of cleaners, disinfectants, detergents and medical products are used on a daily basis. Each position at the SHS will likely encounter these chemicals during the routine performance of their duties. Specific instructions will be provided by a SHS 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.
- Equipment Used: Personal computer, multi-lined phone, pager, needles and syringes, specimen collection equipment, microchip scanner and syringe, leashes, gloves for animal restraint, office supplies, fax machine, copier and calculator.
- Work Hours: 24 hours per week, including one weekend day. Schedule may vary depending on coverage, holidays or emergencies.
Minimum age: 18 years