Animal Care Attendant

This position will include hands on work with dogs and cats.

Working conditions: This role is at the shelter location, but the incumbent will also be exposed to various weather conditions when transporting and walking dogs. The incumbent will be working with animals of unknown health or temperament and may be exposed to animals at the end of life. This is a fast-paced position that can, at times be emotionally AND physically demanding. Exposure to a range of noises, odors, and fumes despite working in areas with adequate ventilation may occur. Operational needs may require scheduling on holidays, evenings, and weekends. Potential candidates are required to have a driver’s license and be willing to work early hours, split shifts, weekends, must be physically fit, able to follow protocol and instruction very well. This is a labor-intensive job that can be demanding emotionally and physically. It will require appropriate dress and footwear. Experience with animals is a requirement. First Aid is required. The NWT SPCA Shelter deals with a changing environment daily. It is important for all employees to be flexible, understanding, open minded and positive.

• Walking and handling dogs.

• May be responsible for drop-off and pick-up at airport and vet clinic.

• Cat room cleaning.

• Regular exposure to animal feces and urine.

• All employees will be trained in cleaning protocols initially.

• Maintaining the highest level of sanitation in the cleaning of all animal areas (such as kennels and rooms), and the furniture (such as kennels and beds) within those areas, in a timely manner.

• Ensuring all animals at the shelter are provided with clean and fresh food, water and bedding.

• Recognizing, recording and reporting any unusual condition or behavior of any animal in the shelter.

• Assisting other staff members to administer medication.

• Ensuring that interactions with fractious, or potentially fractious animals occur in a manner that is safe and humane for both the animals and people involved in the interaction.

• Maintenance of accurate and timely records (when required) of interactions with the public and/or animals.

• Compliance with the rules of operation, policies and procedures established by the organization.

• Maintaining a high level of professional and respectful communication and co-operation with all other NWT SPCA staff, the public, volunteers, clients and customers.

• Washing and drying of towels, blankets, bowls, pans and any other items that have been used.

• Reporting of human resource concerns to the shelter manager.

• Follow all end of day procedures, ensuring that the building is suitably secured prior to leaving the building empty of all personnel.

Start Date: April 12, 2022

Location: Yellowknife, NWT

Salary: $16-$18/hr

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