Canine Care Attendant - Contingent
Under the supervision of the Canine Care Supervisor, this position is responsible for working in either Dog Care or in the Puppy Care operational areas. This position is responsible for cleaning and basic care of the dogs and/or puppies in the kennel area. This position's hours are contingent (no guarantee of hours) and qualified candidates must be willing and able to work variable hours from 6:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m., seven days a week including weekends and holidays; however, there is no guarantee of hours.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for feeding, running and medicating dogs in Dog Care operational area and ensuring a safe and humane kennel environment.
- May also be assigned to work in Puppy Land, caring for puppies and breeding dogs including bathing, exercising, medicating, feeding, grooming and socialization.
- Participates in socialization and activities to reduce kennel stress on dogs.
- Assists with canine health care and routine procedures when necessary.
- Assists with daily and other scheduled cleaning activities for the kennel.
- Responsible for maintenance of kennel areas and related equipment.
- Maintains puppy care and breeding area supply stock and equipment.
- Assists with whelp kits and whelping equipment assembly for host homes.
- Provides assessment and placement assistance for career change dogs.
- Assists with evaluation of dogs entering the kennel (puppy program, private donations and rescue organizations) to ensure that they are suitable for training. Adheres to all applicable safety and health policies and procedures.
- Trains new team members and volunteers in proper work procedures related to kennel and training assistance duties.
- Responsible for data entry as assigned.
- Assists vet clinic with follow-up care of dogs and puppies in the area; supports the needs of dogs requiring special care.
- Assists with breeding and whelping as needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
- High school diploma or GED required. Three to six months previous related experience in dog care required; previous experience in cleaning and maintenance preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must possess rapport with animals and ability to maintain humane treatment and care of dogs.
- Must be available for any day, any shift.
- Must be able to handle multiple tasks well and maintain work load.
- Must possess sound business judgment, exercise professional conduct, understand and follow business ethics and standards and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.
- Must possess a valid driver's license with no restrictions and the ability to travel as needed.
- Must be able to work independently with little supervision and accept direction on given assignments.
- Must work effectively with volunteers in the organization.
- Must be comfortable with and willing to work around large dogs.
- Must be willing to perform general public relations duties on behalf of Leader Dog (perform tours, answer general questions, be a professional and courteous representative of Leader Dog, etc.).
- Must be able to establish and maintain professional, productive and courteous interactions with employees that promote positive teamwork, as well as with volunteers, donors, students and all constituents of Leader Dog. This encompasses going beyond giving and receiving instructions and includes but is not limited to (a) performing work activities requiring interacting or speaking with others, and (b) responding appropriately to constructive feedback or suggestions for improvement from a supervisor.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use the phone and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
Leader Dogs for the Blind reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete, and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities and position title as it deems necessary to meet the needs of its business.
Leader Dogs for the Blind is an at-will employer. This means that the employment relationship may be ended at any time without notice by the employer or employee for any reason. Neither this document, nor any manual issued by Leader Dogs for the Blind, is a contract of employment.