KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION OR TRAINING:
- Intermediate to advanced knowledge of dog and cat body language and behavior.
- Intermediate to advanced clicker training knowledge and experience.
- Experience supporting pet owners in behavior consultations.
- Experience handling dogs in a shelter or boarding kennel environment as a staff member or volunteer.
- Experience supervising dog playgroups in shelter or dog daycare preferred.
- Knowledge of various breeds and their behavioral characteristics.
- Experience working with and supporting volunteers.
- Ability to recognize potential symptoms of diseases common to dogs and cats.
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
- Behavior consulting certification from IAABC or CCPDT. Equivalent experience and education strongly considered.
Physical/Mental Requirements: 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 possess good hand-eye coordination, agility, and stamina. Must be able to crouch, bend from the waist, kneel, and move quickly. 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 interruptions. Must have good attention to detail, reasoning and problem-solving abilities, to perform mathematical calculations with or without a calculator. Must be able to solve problems and communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Requires the ability to make decisions under time constraints with (sometimes) limited information. Needs to be sensitive to other opinions, perspectives, or cultures. Must feel comfortable in dealing with angry, confused, and/or emotional people. Must exhibit initiative and motivation in performing all duties. Frequent exposure to emotionally-charged situations, including discussions regarding euthanasia.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Working conditions in an office/clinic setting, in kennels, and 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.
Equipment Used: Personal computer and printer, multi-lined phone, hand-held radio, specimen collection equipment, microchip scanner, leashes, collars, harnesses, head-halters, muzzles, animal handling gloves, basic office equipment.
Chemical Interaction: A wide variety of cleaners, disinfectants, detergents and medical products are used on a daily basis. Each position at the Seattle Humane will likely encounter these chemicals during the routine performance of their duties. Specific instructions will be provided by a Seattle Humane 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: 40 hours per week scheduled, five days per week--five eight-hour shifts to be determined by Behavior Program Manager. Schedule may vary depending on coverage needs, but will include at least one weekend day. On-call on rotation, as determined by Behavior Program Manager.