Shelter caregivers work closely with shelter management to ensure quality animal care, proper handling, proper disease diagnosis, and maintenance of all animal feeds and watering schedules.

Responsibilities

  • Animal feeding/watering and maintaining animal feeds schedule
  • Daily animal health care and treatments
  • Weekly animal health checks/individual checks of each species
  • Animal health care projects as assigned, including feed ordering, medications and medical supply ordering, database, and animal charting
  • Shelter cleaning projects; maintaining hospital/treatment areas
  • Training and supervising animal caregiver assistants, shelter interns, and volunteers
  • Reporting animal health and/or other shelter problems directly to shelter manager
  • Research new treatment options for various conditions
  • Work with veterinarians to develop treatment protocols, etc.

Qualifications

  • Excellent animal behavior observation skills
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • Able to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • Must be able to follow detailed instructions and maintain animal care schedules as assigned
  • Ability to work well with variety of people
  • Team player and able to monitor and report on all shelter staff duties
  • Very reliable and dependable
  • Positive attitude
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s animal care policies
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s organizational programs and goals
  • Previous animal experience is required
  • Minimum two years’ experience at animal care facility; volunteer history at animal advocacy organization(s)
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required

Shelter Caregivers should have a strong desire and ability to do hands-on shelter work and a personal commitment to rescuing and protecting farm animals. Caregivers are vital team leaders of our shelters, where providing quality animal care is the number one priority.

Specifications

  • Full-time, non-exempt position
  • Work schedule varies; regular weekend and holiday availability required
  • Some evening hours required during summer months
  • Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for animal adoptions or rescues
  • Competitive benefits package, including paid holidays; personal days; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403(b) plan; flexible spending accounts; and long-term disability insurance
  • Eligible for on-site housing consideration based on housing availability at time of hire

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