Kennel Assistant/Animal Caretaker
Hours: Full-Time, Weekends and Holidays required
Context: Under the general direction of the Kennel Director, the Kennel Assistant/Animal CareTaker is responsible for the overall care and feeding of the animals as well as the cleaning of the shelter kennel cages and cleaning and upkeep of the shelter facility.
Scope: Primary duties involve the daily and routine maintenance of any and all animal containment areas and other areas of the shelter as prescribed by the Kennel Director, including indoor/outdoor areas. A neat appearance and friendly, cooperative attitude are essential. Ability to work with animals and other people as well as following directions will be an important part of the performance review.
- Cleans animal kennels and cages on a daily basis.
- Maintaining proper feeding and watering schedules
- Restocking of supplies
- Evaluating the animalsí medical and behavioral needs and reporting anything out of the ordinary to the appropriate party.
- Sanitation of supplemental supplies: bowls, litter pans, etc.
- Maintains cleanliness and upkeep of shelter facility
- Socialization and exercise of shelter animals.
Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to somewhat noisy.
Qualification Requirements:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to satisfaction. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Education and Experience: A high school diploma or equivalent is recommended. A valid driverís license is required. Demonstrated experience in handling dogs and cats is required.
Knowledge: Animal behavior.
Skills: Relating to animals in a kind and loving manner; handling aggressive animals in a confident and effective manner; relating to the public and staff, exhibiting proper and effective communication skills.
Abilities: Follow a daily schedule and work plan for animal care. Must be able to follow directions. Must be able to communicate effectively.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle animals up to 150 pounds. The employee must regularly lift bags of pet food weighing up to 50 pounds. Walk animals on a lead out of doors in all types of weather. Cleaning kennel cages requires the employee to stoop inside the kennel. The employee must be able to tolerate bleach and other cleaning chemicals. The employee is frequently required to stand for periods of time.