Best Friends Animal Society
  • 403- Cats
  • Kanab, UT, USA
  • Hourly
  • Temporary

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, Staff Discounts, Best Friends Wellness Center, and Flex Work Policy. Further, we also have some very unique perks, such as discounted veterinary care and the opportunity to bring pets to work. Our onsite cafeteria serves healthy vegan food.

Location: Kanab, UT

You can take care of adorable cats for a living! That can be your actual job: looking after cute cats. And not only that, but you can do it at one of the most gorgeous places on earth: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Here, the sun shimmers on the rising walls of the red rock canyons every morning to welcome you to work. And the sky goes on forever. Of course, taking care of cats is a lot of hard work! There's cleaning to be done, and food to prepare. Many of these cats have special needs, and checking on their health as well as administering medicine is all part of the day. There are nails to trim and fur to brush, baths to give, and supplies to keep track of. You'll need to be communicative: asking questions as you get the hang of how things are done, and letting someone know if you notice something like a change in a cat's weight.  Being willing to help, happy to cooperate and easy to be around are all great qualities to bring to this job. We also need someone who can be warm and welcoming to visitors. But most of all, please bring your love of cats! Because while these precious felines look for families to call their own, you're helping to provide their home-between-homes. 

The Cat Caregiver 1 will work within a team setting to oversee the health, well-being, and general care of the cats at Best Friends.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Monitor cat eating habits and prepare food for all cats in building to include pan meals and special individual meals. Make food adjustments as necessary in coordination with teammates and report to Team Lead if becomes an issue.
  • Perform the following medical-related functions including using proper restraint and handling.
  • Administer oral and topical medications
  • Bathe
  • Give Lime Sulfur dips
  • Nebulize
  • Clean ears
  • Administer SubQ injections including insulin
  • Administer SubQ fluids
  • Take temperature
  • Maintain accurate, organized, up-to-date records for all the cats in the building per approved process.
  • Weigh (in kg) all cats according to protocols, identify large weight changes in cooperation with teammates and write up cat if needed.
  • Complete "fecal check" evaluations.
  • Prepare and check meds against med sheets for accuracy, document error(s), and obtain correct meds as applicable. Reorder meds as needed.
  • Observe medical/behavioral issues with cats and write up using the online Best Friends Help Desk. Insure all other building team members are aware of issue.
  • Observe and recognize cats in distress and immediately inform senior caregiver(s) or medical team.
  • Perform basic grooming tasks, i.e., trimming nails, brushing, and combing.
  • Add cats to Grooming List as needed.
  • Enhance the physical and emotional well being of the cats. Activities include, but are not limited to, taking cats for walks, stroller rides, engaging them in
  • interactive play, and enhancing rooms to stimulate cats.
  • Work with shy or fearful cats to reduce stress and increase adoptabilty.
  • Clean in accordance with posted protocols.
  • Assist in identifying and implementing improvements to tasks and building workflow.
  • Keep building supplied with all necessary cat food, medical supplies, and cleaning supplies. Complete and submit supply orders.
  • Work with Adoption Team to promote cats to potential adopters, including filling out Personality Profile forms.
  • Report all maintenance/repair issues to Team Lead.
  • 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.
  • Interact with tours: be available to greet tours, speak about specific animals, and answer questions.
  • Work and interact 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 listening and asking questions.
  • Relate to employees, volunteers, and visitors in a friendly, informative, and professional manner.
  • Be attentive to others' needs and willingly assist as required.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  • Follow all required safety and medical protocols.
  • Assist in hiring process by working with candidates and giving feedback about their performance and suitability for the position to management.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills / Experience:

  • Strong desire to work with cats. Previous experience working with cats preferred.
  • Must be able to work with all cats, including those with health concerns/conditions, including but not limited to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and ringworm.
  • Experience in interacting with the general public (customer service) preferred. Demonstrates approachability when dealing with the general public.
  • Demonstrates ability to create and encourage a positive work environment.
  • Displays a willingness to learn by listening and asking questions.
  • 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.
  • Basic computer skills necessary including checking and preparing emails, managing google calendar and google documents, and using the Automatic Data Processing (ADP) system for time keeping and access to documents.
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and qualify for BFAS insurance.
  • Able and willing to professionally advocate Best Friends position on issues.

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, climbing up and down ladders, lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning and bending.

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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