Animal Care Specialist Level 2
Cochrane & Area Humane Society
Cochrane, AB

Position Description:

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society is accepting applications for a mature and reliable part-time Animal Care Specialist Level Two. We offer a competitive salary range and where applicable a group benefits and group RRSP plan.

The position has a four-day on and four-day off rotating shift schedule from 7:00am – 3:30pm.

Position Responsibilities

Priority Duties:

  • Managing movement of the dogs most in need of behavioural support (a.k.a the “Village Dogs” ) in order to provide daily care and cleaning in a timely manner
  • Helping staff and volunteers as needed to train dogs and maintain consistency around impulse control and handling procedures
  • With a focus on “Village Dogs” and with the help of volunteers, conduct play sessions as well as provide exercise and behaviour modification
  • Oversee new dog meets with the help of volunteers
  • Train new volunteers to assist the behaviour program
  • Recommend dogs for referral to senior behaviour staff for further dog to dog assessments or other assessments as needed
  • Administering daily dog enrichment (with the help of volunteers), and enrichment for “Village Dogs” twice daily
  • Liaise with adoption staff to ensure familiarity with management strategies and personalities of “Village Dogs”
  • Update communication re. dog progress daily in behaviour log and Petpoint

General Duties

  • complete accident/incident reports as necessary
  • daily check of surgical incisions on the “Village Dogs”
  • communicate animal related health and behavioural concerns and any occupational hazards to the Operations Manager and/or Manager on duty in in a timely manner
  • respond to public enquiries in a professional, courteous and timely manner
  • provide/offer support, guidance and clear instructions to volunteers in a polite and professional manner
  • conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times while working as an employee of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society
  • help the reception and adoption staff assist the public when requested
  • have and maintain a valid driver’s license and operate the Society’s vehicle in a responsible and legal manner at all times
  • handle all animals in a humane way using positive reinforcement methods
  • ensure appropriate and timely communication is shared within and between departments on a daily basis
  • remain familiar with and supportive of the goals and mission of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society
  • adhere to Shelter policy and procedures
  • complete all mandatory training
  • complete other related duties as requested by the Executive Director, Operations Manager and Animal Care Supervisor

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Previous formal dog behaviour training and modification experience (i.e. PACE, CPDT, IAABC certification, etc.)
  • Previous experience working with animals
  • Previous experience working with volunteers is a definite asset
  • Ability to successfully handle all breeds and sizes of dogs
  • Reliable, trustworthy, able to work well in a team atmosphere and capable of working independently
  • Strong organizational, productivity and time management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Basic office and computer skills
  • Physically capable of working in a fast paced and labour intensive environment that includes lifting, bending and other repetitive movements
  • Genuine concern for the welfare of animals

Application Process:

If you would like the opportunity to be a part of a caring and compassionate team working for an important cause, please forward your cover letter and resume with salary expectations.

Job Type: Part-time