Job Description

Animal Care Technician - full time, part-time, flexible hours - temporary - Colorado Springs, CO

Job Summary

Applies procedures and policies to provide for the daily needs of all animals within the shelter. This includes maintaining animal enclosures so they are clean and sanitary, ensuring appropriate feeding, identifying sick or injured animals and assisting in the euthanasia process. Works cohesively with co-workers, other departments and volunteers. Assists the public in a professional manner.

Key Duties and Responsibilitiesandles all animals in the most humane and safe manner possible.

  • Ensures animals are fed appropriate food in the correct quantity.
  • Cleans and disinfects animal enclosures following established procedures.
  • Properly maintains equipment used in these procedures.
  • Cleans and sanitizes dishes and other equipment according to procedure and follows applicable equipment operating procedures.
  • Completes laundry duties, according to procedure and following applicable equipment operating procedures.
  • Responsible for identifying sick or injured animals; reports information in a timely manner to Shelter Medicine Staff.
  • Assists with intake exams serving as runner, restrainer and all-around assistant as needed.
  • May vaccinate animals as appropriate under supervision of Animal Care Tech II and Animal Care Specialists.
  • Assists with transfers of animals in and out of the shelter as necessary.
  • Assists with the euthanization of animals and disposal of bodies in accordance with euthanasia protocol.
  • Restocks all supply items daily.
  • Maintains food storage, chemical storage, laundry room and food prep areas in a clean, uncluttered and sanitary manner.
  • Updates animal records in computer systems using proper procedures.
  • Checks inventory of animals daily to ensure correct animal, correct id collar and correct kennel cards are present, reporting any unresolved discrepancies to Team Leader, Asst. Manager or Shelter Manager.
  • Moves animal(s) as needed and ensures kennel records are updated and kennel cards are moved or re-printed if necessary.
  • Participates in activities to improve the animals’ wellbeing while in HSPPR’s care.
  • Communicates issues and concerns to team leads and/or supervisors.
  • Participates in staff meetings.

Other

  • Is committed to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR.
  • Appropriately documents observed animal behaviors utilizing objective language as required in relevant procedures and/or policies.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Duties

None

Community Relations:

  • Help the community and donors recognize the daily, life-saving work HSPPR does by sending pictures and stories to the Philanthropy team
  • Aid the Philanthropy team with stories and photography opportunities whenever possible.

Volunteer

Works cooperatively with all volunteers and recognizes the talent and commitment they bring to HSPPR.

Safety

  • Ensures a safe work environment; follows all safety guidelines and models safe work practices.
  • Takes immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk.

 

Material and Equipment Directly Used 

  • Various animal restraint and safety equipment including but not limited to: leashes, catch poles, snappy snares, live traps, feral cubbies, nets, safety gloves, muzzles and ropes.
  • Motor vehicles in good and inclement weather and lighting conditions
  • Various computers with Windows software such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and animal shelter software such as Chameleon.
  • Office equipment such as faxes, telephones, printers, scanners and copy machines.
  • Medical equipment, medication and or supplies such as but not limited to, syringes, needles, controlled substances and vaccines.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as but not limited to, ear protection, isolation gowns, isolation booties, face masks, safety glasses and gloves.
  • Pressure washers, spray nozzles, foamers and chemicals for cleaning.

 

Physical Demands 

  • Regularly sits at computer station, often in a shared office environment.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move 25 or more pounds of moving weight and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 or more pounds of moving weight.
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and smell.
  • Regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, hear, and is frequently required to stand and walk. May be expected to be on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to use both hands and arms to grip, pull and push utilizing safety equipment such as, but not limited to catch poles, snappy snares, leashes, ropes, muzzles.
  • Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Must handle various animals of various sizes, including aggressive animals
  • Exposed to zoonotic diseases.
  • Regularly exposed to noise and potential exposure to hazardous weather conditions.
  • Potential exposure to cleaning supplies and/or other substances containing toxic or caustic chemicals.

 

 

Schedule Requirements

Schedule may include weekend and holiday work.

Education/Experience Necessary

  • Previous animal shelter, boarding kennel, zoo keeping or veterinary clinic experience desired.

NOTE:     The job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.

Important Notes

Who Are We?  The first of only two AAHA accredited shelters in Colorado!

Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado

HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas Counties as well as the City of Centennial.  We employ a total of 190+ employees.  We are an organization that celebrates and prioritizes diversity and inclusion. Employees must be 18 years of age, a drug test and background check are mandatory for employment.  In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive benefits to our full-time staff. These include:     

Health Insurance     401K with employer matching up to 4% of salary      Dental and vision* Insurances     Supplemental Group Insurance*     Short and long term disability Insurance      Paid time off      Holidays      Direct Deposit          (*) Employee pays the full premium

 The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness qualified employer.  To learn more about this program, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/.

The core values of the staff unite and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization and our community. 

Core Values Statements

• Compassion: We believe that animals matter. We are committed to treating animals and people with kindness, respect and compassion.

• Stewardship: We are accountable and transparent in our actions and in the use of our resources to build trust in those we serve.

• Integrity: We believe we can make the greatest impact by staying true to our mission, always doing what is best for the animals and people of our community, and standing united in our decisions.

• Excellence: We are passionate about our mission, and strive for excellence through continual learning, innovation and the development of our board, staff and volunteers.

• Collaboration: We seek strategic partnerships and alliances to advance the welfare and protection of animals and people.