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This position qualifies for a sign on bonus of $500

The Animal Care Technician plays an essential role within the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and works one-on-one with animals. The Animal Care Technician performs routine animal care, facility cleaning, customer service, updating and maintaining animal records, administering injections/medications, sterilizing equipment and performing euthanasia when necessary. This position is based in Arlington, Virginia.


RESPONSIBILITIES

ANIMAL CARE

· Provide appropriate quantity and quality of food and water to shelter animals daily; provide overall animal care including bathing and basic grooming

· Monitor animals and immediately report eating habits, health, behavior, or temperament issues to behavior staff and/or manager and director as appropriate

· Participate in stress and disease reduction efforts through purposeful and compassionate handling and placement of animals in shelter environment

· Give physical exams to incoming animals: check ears, check for fleas and ticks, and administer medications as necessary and according to intake procedures

· Medicate and feed animals in accordance with veterinary instructions

· Administer first aid to any injured animal as appropriate · Update and maintain accurate animal records in the shelter computer database

· Perform euthanasia as necessary and dispose of remains


FACILITY CARE

· Follow established disease control protocols to extensively clean, disinfect, and maintain shelter kennels, cages, and all animal and general areas daily as assigned and instructed

· Operate laundry machine and dishwasher and other equipment

· Restock cleaning, feeding and other supply areas as needed

· Maintain equipment in good working condition and report need for repair or replacement

· Assist in cleaning and maintenance of the entire facility and grounds, including but not limited to picking up and removing trash, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, pulling weeds, mopping floors, cleaning kitchens and other common areas


PEOPLE CARE

· Cultivate positive customer relations through professional, courteous, and educational interactions while actively promoting our mission, services, programs, and events

· Provide prompt, courteous and excellent customer service to all internal and external customers at all times, including but not limited to adopters, staff, volunteers, board members, city and county officials, animal control officers, veterinarians, representatives of rescue organizations, people looking for lost pets or relinquishing owned pets, and the general public

· Assist customers with the pet adoption process by facilitating customer/animal interactions to ensure a safe and pleasant experience, accurately answering questions, and providing guidance

· Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals · Work cooperatively with all volunteers, recognizing the talent and commitment they bring to the organization

· Work collaboratively and cooperatively within the Animal Care Team, with shelter staff and volunteers ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

· Demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to AWLA policies, procedures and code of conduct

· Ensure a safe work environment, follow safety guidelines, and model safe work practices

· Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, customer, shelter animal or the organization at risk

· Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals · Follow direction of managers, directors, veterinary staff and CEO

· Perform other duties as deemed necessary for the organization and assigned


Required Qualifications

· General knowledge of animal behavior and care

· High School Diploma or GED

· Ability and skill to successfully work with various types of animals in a safe, responsible manner

· Ability to remain flexible in an ever-changing environment and follow protocols as instructed

· Commitment to positive reinforcement handling and training methods

· Ability to set priorities, develop routines and manage large workloads

· Readiness to assume multiple duties and tasks

· Ability to work independently as well as with others in a wide variety of circumstances and with a diverse group of individuals

· Ability to maintain calm and composed in stressful, sensitive or emergency situations · Excellent customer service, listening, and decision-making skills

· Strong communications skills and an ability to communicate in a polite and professional manner

· Availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays and overtime if needed

· Ability to learn to use and enter information into the shelter computer database


Desired Qualifications (helpful but not required)

· Experience in the fields of animal care or animal welfare

· Experience with “hands on” nonprofits

· Experience working with PetPoint or other shelter database Personal Characteristics

· Commitment to the mission and vision of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

· Energetic, hard-working, and a team player

· Ability to work in a fast paced, ever evolving atmosphere

· Discretion with confidential and sensitive information


Travel Requirements

None


Typical Physical & Mental Demands Requires:

Frequent bending, reaching, stooping, kneeling, walking/standing, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other equipment or machinery. Will have exposure to injured and deceased animals, disinfectant solutions, and various weather conditions. May assist in animal restraint and deal with distressed or dangerous animals, and could be subject to bites and scratches. Requires manual dexterity to keep a strong animal on leash or operating a door while holding a strong animal on leash simultaneously. May be required to lift heavy items or animals (upwards of 50 lbs) and be otherwise physically active. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with the public, volunteers, staff, and animals. Also requires flexibility and adaptability to work with frequent interruptions. Must be comfortable around dogs, cats, small companion animals and wildlife. Will be required to receive rabies prophylaxis and tetanus vaccinations. Must have the ability to pass and become certified to perform euthanasia according to Virginia law.

This position qualifies for a sign on bonus of $500

The Animal Care Technician plays an essential role within the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and works one-on-one with animals. The Animal Care Technician performs routine animal…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required

Benefits

Generous benefits include: medical, dental, and vision coverage, 12 annual paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, 7% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment and much more. This position qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The compensation for the position is within the AAWA (Association of Animal Welfare Advancement) median range and the League pays a salary bonus for language ability in: Arabic, Mandarin, Sign Language, Spanish or Vietnamese. This position also qualifies for a sign on bonus: eligible hires can earn $250 after 90 days of employment and an additional $250 after 6 months of employment for a total of $500!

Generous benefits include: medical, dental, and vision coverage, 12 annual paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, 7% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment and…

Level of Language Proficiency

English.

Salary bonus for language ability in: Arabic, Mandarin, Sign Language, Spanish or Vietnamese. 

English.

Salary bonus for language ability in: Arabic, Mandarin, Sign Language, Spanish or Vietnamese. 

Location

On-site
2650 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA 22206, USA

How to Apply

To Apply: Please submit the following application materials to Claudia West and apply directly through our website: https://www.awla.org/about/careers/


If you are unable to access our website, please submit application materials to Claudia West at jobs@awla.org with Animal Care Technician in the subject line.

· A cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience/qualifications

· Current up to date resume

To Apply: Please submit the following application materials to Claudia West and apply directly through our website: https://www.awla.org/about/careers/


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