Job Title: Animal Care & Facility Technician
Department: Animal Care
Classification: Part-time, non-exempt
Hours: 18-30 hrs./wk. (depending on animal population)
Time Frame: 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. OR 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. AND/OR 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Job Relationship: Reports to Animal Care Manager. Works closely with volunteers and other members of staff.
Position Summary: Responsible for daily cleaning and sanitation of facility, including animal enclosures and public areas, feeding, care, and daily enrichment of the animals.
Essential Job Functions:
Provides optimal standard of care to all animals under the care of the Fayette Regional Humane Society
- Performs daily cleaning and sanitizing of kennels, cages, and public areas; follows cleaning and disease control protocols to ensure a safe, healthy environment
- Feeds and provides enrichment to the animals
- Administers medication to animals as directed and/or approved by the Veterinary Technician or a Veterinarian
- Does animal laundry and dishes throughout the day
- Follows all safety guidelines to ensure a safe work environment for staff and living environment for animals. Takes immediate action to address any safety concern or noncompliance of safety rules that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk
- Stocks areas and cleans animal enclosures and public areas throughout the day
- Promptly moves animals (adoption, isolation, quarantine, etc.) as instructed
- Accurately updates animal records, including stage and location, in the shelter management program
- Keeps supervisor informed of animal behavior, health, or other concerns
- Maintains cleaning equipment, tools, and appliances.
Provides professional-client and volunteer care
- Represents the Fayette Regional Humane Society in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provides quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff recognizing their individual contributions to the success of our organization
- Promotes integration and utilization of volunteers
- Actively promotes the Fayette Regional Humane Society programs and events to clients and volunteers
- Refers clients to appropriate staff for service
Performs other duties as assigned including but not limited to:
- Performs other duties and special projects as assigned
- High school diploma or equivalent preferred
- Able to read and understand instructions
- Able to work with animals, disinfectants, and cleaning supplies
- Able to perform physical work: scrubbing, mopping, bending, lifting, walking and lifting up to 50 pounds with assistance
Knowledge and Skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a variety of people
- Ability to work with a computer and operational software
- Knowledge of animal breeds, behavior, and handling
- Knowledge of animal health, able to identify illness preferred
- Ability to safely handle animals, including those with health and behavioral challenges
- Excellent communication skills and ability to follow instructions
- Detail-oriented and able to prioritize and perform duties efficiently and effectively
- Committed to maintaining the Fayette Regional Humane Society’s high standard of animal care and mission to foster compassion and end animal suffering.
Work is performed constantly in a facility that operates seven days per week with exposure to animals, including some with questionable health and temperament concerns, high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, and cleaning agents. The person in this position needs to constantly move about the facility to provide care to our program animals. Occasionally operates a computer and other office equipment (i.e. calculator, copier, and printer). Constantly positions self to handle animals of all sizes in a variety of areas and positions (low cages, high cages, on tables, on the floor, in vehicles, etc.). Constantly positions self to perform facility and animal cleaning functions. Constantly communicates with staff members and volunteers who have inquiries about their job responsibilities and animal needs and must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Must be able to detect and recognize animal behavior that is potentially dangerous. Occasionally moves animals weighing up to 50 pounds (i.e. through the facility on and off-site with a leash or using other safe restraints and animal handling equipment, into and out of cages in the facility, into and out of vehicles, onto and off of exam tables). Must be able to modify work schedule to meet FRHS operational needs.
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to perform other job duties as assigned. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.