Best Friends Animal Society
  • 402- Parrot Garden
  • Kanab, UT, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Join Best Friends and turn your career into a labor of love. The benefits package is one of the best! Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care reimbursement, Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401k and Staff Discounts.

Position Summary: Working within a team setting to oversee the well-being, care, and quality of life for all parrots at Best Friends.


  • Provide care and handling for animals that have significant behavioral issues which may include shyness, fearfulness and aggression.
  • Provide care for animals that have significant medical issues which may include a variety of zoonotic disease.
  • Prepare food, feed and change water daily.
  • Clean all bowls, cages, floors and rooms daily following established protocols.
  • Assess the health and behavior of the parrots daily and report any concerns to Vet Tech or Parrot Garden manager.
  • Observe behavior patterns in order to create a stimulating environment for each bird.
  • Develop and maintain a life-care plan for each bird.
  • Keep parrot records in easily accessible and visible location.
  • Maintain outside parrot aviaries.
  • Inventory and report needed supplies and food.
  • Keep building and work areas well stocked with necessary food and supplies.
  • Socialize parrots to increase quality of life and/or adoption potential.
  • Work positively with Manager to promote birds to potential adopters.
  • Maintain quarantine birds in accordance with proper procedures and bio-security standards.
  • Administer and document required medications and supplements for birds.
  • Be able to handle all birds on-site as required.
  • 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 animals, assist in setting up the group with projects as needed, and answer question.
  • Display a willingness to learn by completing independent research.
  • Be attentive to others' needs and willingly assist as required.
  • Treat birds and co-workers with respect and kindness.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong desire to work with parrots is required. Previous experience working with parrots preferred but not required.
  • Able to demonstrate after a short training period a working knowledge of different parrot species and their individual requirements.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates personal accountability to ensure that all responsibilities are completed effectively and in a timely manner.
  • 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.
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Able and willing to professionally advocate Best Friends position on issues.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, be able to drive a manual vehicle and qualify for BFAS insurance.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to routinely lift 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to work out of doors in all weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to above 100 degrees.
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to: lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.
  • Must be able to work around allergens like dust and dander.
  • Ability to handle and work effectively around all types of birds.


Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

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