Best Friends Animal Society
  • 618- Cat Initiative
  • 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, 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 vegetarian food.


Reports to: Community Cat Program Supervisor
Location: Kanab, Utah
FLSA status: Non-exempt

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 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. Are you feeling like you're a match?  Are you getting that tingle of "what if"? Then please drop us an application! This might be exactly the job you were meant to do.

Position Summary: Assist with the Four Directions Community Cat Program to help reduce feral cat populations. Responsible for carrying out fieldwork in southern Utah and northern Arizona, trapping and working with caregivers of free-roaming cats for spay/neuter. Transport cats to and from the Best Friends clinic and the colony locations.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform fieldwork in the community within the target area: scheduling appointments, making reminder calls, rework schedule with last minute changes, trap free-roaming cats (checking traps throughout the night and/or using a drop trap), return/release cats to their original colonies, work with existing free-roaming cat caregivers in the target area, and help facilitate and coordinate appointments for the surgeries of cats. 
  • Perform transports for cats to be spayed/neutered, by scheduling appointments, making reminder calls, picking up/returning cats (5 to 30 cats) at prearranged times and places for appointments, and set the cats up in the Best Friends clinic in a timely manner. (Transport can take up to five hours for each trip.)
  • Assist with transport of adoptable shelter animals (up to 10 dogs or 20 cats) to and from the Best Friends clinic and shelters throughout the program area.
  • Fill out all paperwork and ensure that any relevant information is relayed to the medical staff. Assist in tracking of all spay/neuter done through the Best Friends clinic.
  • Assist with the Rural Feral Fix Program, by working with residents/caregivers to coordinate spay/neuter appointment systems.
  • 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.
  • Answer calls from the community about free-roaming cats, nuisance resolutions, and other cat-related issues, offering advice and information
  • 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.
  • Recruit and train additional volunteer cat caregivers for established colonies. Recruit, train, and maintain volunteers to help all additional aspects of the program.
  • Keep plenty of supplies for trapping on hand. 
  • Manage a food donation program; as donations come into the program, pass onto colony caregivers. Coordinate moving food, hold weekly 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. 
  • 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.
  • Maintain the feral cat vans in regard to oil changes and regular maintenance.
  • Drop off dirty laundry, pick up clean laundry, fold and put away.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to work independently and use good judgment within established guidelines.
  • Excellent cat-handling skills and an in-depth knowledge of behavior traits of owned, feral and stray, free-roaming cats. Ability to educate people about the process of TNR in a clear and effective manner. Experience trapping cats and knowledge of 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.
  • Accuracy with record-keeping and data entry and proficient in a variety of computer software applications, including Microsoft Office.
  • Proven written and verbal skills.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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 50-plus pounds at a time, including loading and unloading of small and large dogs.
  • Must be able to work in weather with temperatures varying between extreme hot and extreme cold.
  • Willing and able to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, access to transportation and a driving record which meets our insurance provider's requirements. The insurance requirements must be met on an ongoing basis in order to maintain employment in this position. Must be at least 21 years of age due to Motor Vehicle Insurance requirements.
  • Must be able to sit while driving for extended periods of time, alone or with a partner.
  • 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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