Dog Caregiver

Website Best Friends Animal Society

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Reports to: Dogtown Team Leader
FLSA status: Non-exempt

Position Summary: Work within a team setting to oversee the health, well being, and general care of dogs.


  • Feeding dogs-according to department guidelines. Preparing food (special diets closely followed), reporting observations and suggested changes to team leader and team members.
  • Watering dogs-maintaining that all dogs have water at all times and buckets are sanitized.
  • Medicating dogs-communicating medical issues to team members, team leader and filling out CGO’s. Assuring that all dogs receive daily medications and treatments as prescribed by the clinic.
  • Responsible for taking dogs to any appointments (clinic, hydrotherapy, grooming, etc.)
  • Identifying behavioral issues and sharing observations with team members/team leaders/trainer.
  • Closely working with designated trainer. Following training plans for specific dogs designed by trainer.
  • Maintaining records on the dogs in their Life Care Plans; special diets, training performed, progress made, issues, etc.
  • Socializing/enrichment for the dogs in their care as outlined by the Team Leader and/or Trainer.
  • Walking the dogs based on area schedule.
  • Light grooming/observing and reporting grooming needs to team members/team leader and groomer.
  • Cleaning work areas and preserving physical appearance of dog buildings and grounds: poop scooping, raking, sweeping, shoveling, dusting, mopping, trash removal, scrubbing, weeding, etc.
  • Ambassador of the brand for all volunteers and visitors, promoting the Best Friends mission and demonstrating the “specialness” that is the sanctuary.
  • Responsible for the safety and training of volunteers: orienting them to assigned animal area, assigning work, answering questions, and assisting with their needs.
  • Interacting with tours: be available to greet tours, speak about specific animals, and answer questions.
  • Working and interacting with interns and workshop attendees: assigning work, answering questions, and assisting with their needs.
  • Oversee work done by groups in assigned animal care area: ensure safe interactions between participants and the dogs, assist in setting up the group with projects as needed, and answer question.
  • Working as a productive team member, assist other team members, communicate clearly.
  • Filling out maintenance request for any repairs needed and report to team leader.
  • Attending staff meetings and trainings as required.
  • Participating in dog introductions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong desire to work with dogs. Previous experience a plus.
  • Demonstrates personal accountability to ensure that all responsibilities are completed effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and qualify for Best Friends insurance.
  • Willing to work on weekends/holidays/varying shift times.
  • Able and willing to professionally advocate Best Friends position on issues.
  • Basic computer skills necessary including checking e-mails, google calendar and google documents, and ADP.
  • Demonstrates approachability when dealing with the general public.
  • Experience in interacting with the general public (customer service) preferred.
  • Demonstrates ability to create and encourage a positive work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, i.e., ability to develop positive relationships with others and demonstrate sensitivity to the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of others.
  • Accurate, appropriate, clear and concise written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong listening skills.
  • Experience with or ability to learn Microsoft Word and Excel, Google calendar, docs and email and ADP.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to routinely lift 40 to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to perform strenuous manual labor.
  • Must be able to work out of doors in all weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to 100 degrees.
  • Must be able to work with physically strong dogs.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, hike, walk, kneel, and lift.

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