This is a full time 40 hour a week position, with required weekend days (Saturday and Sunday).
Northeast Animal Shelter is looking for an Animal Welfare Specialist to train and work in both animal care and adoptions with overlap and integration into animal behavior as well. Our Animal Welfare Specialists work directly with people and their pets to effect positive change in our community.
Job responsibilities include:
- Working hands-on with dogs and cats, evaluating their physical and behavioral health and implementing training and medical plans to increase their adoptability and quality of life in the shelter.
- Ensuring animals receive the best quality care including feeding, cleaning, exercising, socializing, enrichment, training, behavior observations and health/welfare monitoring.
- Facilitating adoptions by matchmaking animals with prospective adopters using a conversation-based approach with a goal of identifying the best possible outcome for the person and the animal.
- Assisting in the surrender of an animal in an empathetic and compassionate manner that is free from judgment.
- Working one on one to offer problem solving advice and connect people with affordable veterinary and behavior resources that will help people retain and build upon the relationship they have with their animal.
- High School Diploma or GED
- Two years of customer service experience (animal related and/or non-profit setting preferred)
- Must be able to work a full time 40 hours a week schedule that includes Saturday and Sunday.
- Must work well with the public, including children, persons of varied racial, ethnic, cultural, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual preference/orientation, and with individuals who are differently abled
- Must possess a positive demeanor, demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills, and have the ability to work well both as part of a team and independently
- Must have excellent administrative skills, be highly organized, motivated and work well under pressure
- Must be computer proficient, including having a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs and the ability to learn new programs quickly
- Ability to work evenings and holidays as needed
- Ability to exercise discretion and keep information confidential
- Use good judgment and present oneself in a professional manner at all times
- Consistently and reliably report for scheduled shifts on time
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
We are looking for applicants who demonstrate excellent judgment and interpersonal skills and are eager to work to support the human-animal bond.
Please include a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and qualifications for the position.
NEAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer