ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIAN - PT
The Animal Care Technician is responsible for consistent, attentive animal care by keeping our animals in superior mental and physical health, and their environment safe, clean, and sanitized to the highest standards in our South Elgin shelter. We seek out candidates that are confident, resourceful, supportive team members, and truly enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people as well as our animals.
Reports to: Senior Manager of Animal Care
Job Type: Part-time, Hourly, Non-exempt
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (to include, but not limited to):
Ensure on a daily basis that all animal areas are routinely cleaned, sanitized and clutter-free to standards, that all animals’ immediate needs are met; physical activity and enrichment is provided
Ensure that the highest quality animal care is being routinely provided while following all departmental policies and procedures
Treat all animals with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance; promote a humane and caring attitude toward animals.
Utilize low-stress handling and positive reinforcement training only—no aversive training or handling methods on shelter animals will be tolerated.
Actively monitor the physical health, mental well-being and behavior of all shelter animals and report concerns to the Animal Care Manager in a timely manner. Ensure that all directions given concerning said issue(s) are carried out.
Support and assist in training new Animal Care staff, interns, and volunteers on routine tasks explaining the importance of safety and sanitation protocols.
Regularly remove donations from the lobby and store appropriately.
Wash dirty laundry and dishes in a timely manner and disinfect all used cleaning supplies according to protocol after every shift; store clean items in designated areas.
Assist Animal Care management as needed with the initial examination of all animals as they are received, including vaccinations, microchip, deworming, ear cleaning, etc., and any follow-up boosters, treatments and re-checks.
Exude a positive and professional demeanor; encourage and support animal care staff and volunteers in providing exemplary service to the public; lead by example.
Knowledge of and support for Anderson’s mission/vision, and desire to advance the organization. Participate in shelter events; attend monthly all-staff meetings.
Occasional evening and holiday shifts may be required. Weekend shifts may be routine.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
While applicants who are proficient in the desired skills for this role and have open availability are preferred, candidates who may lack the skills, but demonstrate ambition, compassion, understanding of Anderson’s mission, and enthusiasm for our future will be given strong consideration.
Previous kennel or animal care experience will be considered an asset. Must be able to work independently to accomplish tasks.
Ability to keep calm and make concise, logical decisions at time of increased stress.
Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing; ask appropriate questions for information gathering.
Deep appreciation of the importance of respect for all life and desire to model this behavior at all times when dealing with animals as well as other people.
Knowledge of common animal behavior and medical concerns.
Possession of valid Illinois driver’s license required, as successful candidate may need to drive Anderson vehicles from time to time.
Work Environment: Exposure to animals; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches; exposure to high noise levels when in kennels; work may be performed outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions.
Physical Activities: Able to drive, stand, bend, squat, walk, and talk for up to eight hours a day; Able to lift up to 50 pounds with assistance; Able to work a flexible schedule with regular weekend and evening shifts. Must have the ability to input data, read computer screens and printed material, communicate effectively in-person, via phone, video conferencing and e-mail, and operate office equipment. Physical presence in the office is required for this position.
Anderson Animal Shelter was incorporated in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois. Over the years, the shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. After the merger of Anderson Animal Shelter and Fox Valley Wildlife Center in February 2020, our organization currently cares for over 7,000 animals each year.
Anderson’s mission is to create mutually beneficial connections between people and animals through programs that raise awareness and inspire kindness, empathy, and respect throughout the community. Anderson is a 501c3 charitable organization and does not receive any federal or state funding. The shelter supports the compassionate and humane treatment of animals through direct care, humane education, and community outreach programs. With locations in the western suburbs of Chicago that include South Elgin, Bloomingdale, and North Aurora, they positively impact the community by supporting the human-animal bond.
All volunteers and staff of Anderson Animal Shelter must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and emotional health of our shelter animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.
Candidates with open availability will be preferred. Please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration