Best Friends Animal Society
  • 413- Four Directions CCP Program
  • Kanab, UT, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Welcome to the journey of combining passion with purpose! Best Friends benefits package is one of the best which includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care and Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401K, Staff Discounts, Best Friends Wellness Center, and Flex Work Policy. In addition we have unmatched incentives like discounted veterinary care, the opportunity to bring pets to work, and our onsite cafeteria serves healthy vegan food.

Location: Kanab, Utah

Do you love cats even when you can't pet them? Do you want to help save their lives through trap/neuter/return? We're looking for someone with experience, professionalism, a great attitude and a lot of love to give to community cats in the southern Utah and northern Arizona area. You'll be in charge of trapping cats who need to be spayed and neutered, driving them to clinics for their operations, and returning them once they've recovered. It's the most humane and most effective way of reducing the number of outdoor cats and giving them a better quality of life. Of course, there'll all be kinds of odds and ends you'll need to look after, including keeping the traps in good, working order, staying on top of schedules, and relating comfortably with people in the cats' neighborhoods. You'll need to be very reliable and work independently. But also be a part of Best Friends and our mission, representing us with warmth and knowledge when speaking to others in the community about this important work. This might be exactly the job you were meant to do.    

Position Summary: Working as part of the Four Directions Community Cat Program team to help reduce feral cat populations throughout southern Utah and northern Arizona. Work with area shelters to reduce cat intake and increase save rates.

 Essential Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and perform fieldwork in the community within the target area: scheduling appointments, making reminder calls, rework schedule with last minute changes, trap free-roaming cats who qualify for free spay/neuter (checking traps throughout the night and/or using a drop trap, up to 40 cats a night),fill out all paperwork and ensure that information is relayed to the medical staff return/release cats to their original colonies, work with existing free-roaming cat caregivers, Coordinate the Rural Feral Fix Program, by working with numerous local veterinary offices for low cost spay/neuter options, working with local volunteers and residents/caregivers to manage spay/neuter appointment systems, sending and tracking funds, and providing reports on the program.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and perform a spay/neuter/transport program transporting adoptable shelter animals (up to 25 cats and/or 12dogs) to and from the Best Friends clinic and the shelters throughout the program area, to assist in increasing their success and save rates.
  • Coordinate, organize and perform trapping expeditions throughout southern Utah, based on need, using Rural Program vets and/or BF clinic. These may be mass events and/or week-long trips.
  • Work with the community regarding low-cost spay/neuter options for their pets.
  • Ensure that clinic policies and procedures are being accurately followed and work with clinic staff and program supervisors to maintain an effective and positive cross-departmental work environment.
  • Meeting or exceeding the program goals in addition to personal goals created. Keep data on the number of surgeries performed, colony caregivers, and other program specifics. Assist in providing various monthly reports, as directed.
  • Answer calls from the community about free-roaming cats, nuisance resolutions, and other cat-related issues, offering advice and information. Act as a source of expertise on all matters pertaining to free-roaming cats.
  • Actively seek ways to promote the Community Cat Program in the communities within the target area.
  • Recruit, train, and maintain volunteers to help all aspects of the program.
  • Work with Cat World management and the Clinic with regard to medical treatment and/or admission into BFAS for kittens and other sick, injured, or special-needs cats in situations when placing them back in the free-roaming community would not be the best option.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times with staff, volunteers and members of the communities. Advocate for Best Friends values with shelters and rescue groups.
  • Manage a food donation program; as donations come into the program, pass onto colony caregivers. Coordinate moving food, hold food pickups as available, deliver food when needed to disabled/elderly caregivers and Best Friends relocation sites, and track all food donations coming in and going out.
  • Keep track of humane traps, ensuring that they are clean, in working order, and clearly marked with a Best Friends tag. Deliver traps and supplies to TNR locations, prior to trapping day, train new caregivers in TNR and use of traps and ensure loaned-out traps are returned.
  • Keep plenty of supplies for trapping on hand, including keeping up on laundry and cleaning of traps and carriers.
  • Ensure CCP vans are maintained in regard to oil changes and regular maintenance.
  • Other duties as needed.

Skills / Experience:

  • Excellent cat-handling skills and an in-depth knowledge of behavior traits of owned, feral and stray, free-roaming cats.
  • Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends position and educate people about the process of TNR in a clear and effective manner.
  • Expert knowledge on trapping cats and how to safely operate humane traps.
  • Excellent people skills. You must be friendly, confident in your knowledge, and able to convey your message clearly. Deal with difficult situations and maintain a positive attitude and provide good customer service.
  • Must be able to work with and navigate with various mapping applications and find sites with little assistance.
  • Proven time-management and organization skills.
  • Accuracy with record-keeping and data entry and proficient in a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Office.
  • Proven written and verbal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and use good judgment within established guidelines.
  • Leadership skills including problem solving, handling multiple tasks simultaneously and being a team player.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver's license, access to transportation, and a driving record that meets our insurance provider's requirements. Must be at least 21 years of age due to Motor Vehicle Insurance requirements. The insurance requirements must be met on an ongoing basis in order to maintain employment in this position.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time while driving, alone or with a partner.
  • Must be able to spend extended periods of time outdoors in all weather conditions, including extreme heat or cold.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including split shifts and irregular hours, which may include early morning, late evening hours and weekends.
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 40 pounds, including loading and unloading of small and large dogs.
  • Ability to be around cats and dogs in closed quarters for extended periods of time
  • Bend, stoop, reach, climb, twist, crawl, stand and walk for extended periods of time, etc.

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

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