Best Friends Animal Society
  • 624 - California Community Cat Program
  • Palm Springs, CA, 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.


Reports to: Community Cat Program Supervisor

Location: Palm Springs, California area

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 Coachella Valley 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: Work in all aspects of promoting and advocating Best Friends-supported TNR (trap/neuter/return) programs in the Coachella Valley. Oversight of the Community Cat Project will include the following:

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver traps and supplies to TNR locations, prior to trapping as necessary.
  • Train new caregivers in TNR and use of traps in the field.
  • Assist in returning calls that come into the CCP hotline.
  • Accurately input data entry to online database for cats that come through the program.
  • Set up traps and check them throughout the night, as needed. Assist with drop trapping, as needed. (May take 3-4 hours in the evening according to set schedule.)
  • Keep traps in working order, clean and clearly marked with Best Friends tag.
  • Operate a trap loan system and keep accurate records.
  • Keep plenty of supplies for trapping on hand.
  • Get the cats (5 to 30 cats) to the clinic in a timely manner. Ensure that cats are organized by colonies and properly labeled including any medical concerns, relaying any relevant information to the medical team and other staff.
  • Pick up cats from the clinic and return them to their colony per schedule.
  • Clean the clinic area when cats stay overnight.
  • Clean traps after release, for next use.
  • Ensure that clinic policies and CCP program and procedures are being accurately followed.
  • Create a plan of action for each project and implement it.
  • Update client cases regularly, keeping track of colonies and caregivers.
  • Schedule spay/neuter appointments for the clinic for individual clients and additional.
  • Collaborate with local shelters, animal welfare organizations, and the public to increase positive outcomes for community cats.
  • Act as liaison with Palm Springs Animal Shelter and other stakeholders to ensure program goals and grant agreement terms are met in a collaborative and effective manner.
  • Work with the shelter and veterinary staff to ensure that there are no scheduling problems.
  • Assist with TNR efforts, as needed.
  • Assist in finding and setting up new colony relocation sites.
  • Provide monthly and year-end reports of all spay/neuter done through S/N providers.
  • Work with Volunteer and Visitors division to recruit and effectively utilize volunteers to support the work of the program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience/Requirements:

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to think quickly on your feet.
  • Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' position on issues.
  • Able to educate people about the process of TNR in a clear and effective manner.
  • Knowledge and experience with feral cats and trapping cats, and knowledge about how to safely operate cat traps.
  • Excellent people skills. You must be friendly, confident in your knowledge and able to convey your message clearly.
  • Good management skills. You will be working with diverse groups and individuals, keeping everyone on the same page.
  • Accurate record-keeping and ability to provide monthly reports on various programs.
  • Proficiency with Internet navigation and a variety of computer software applications, including Microsoft Office. Ability to learn additional software applications, as needed.
  • Proven written and verbal skills. Spanish speaking/writing a plus.
  • Experience in project management, with strong time management skills, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work effectively inside a municipal shelter.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job is a team player, personable, professional, upbeat and energetic, takes the initiative, and uses tact and diplomacy.

Physical Requirements:

  • Willing and able to travel and work for extensive periods across the state and elsewhere to support the community cat initiatives.
  • Must be able to lift 50-plus pounds at a time.
  • Must be able to work in extreme weather.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time working at a computer, doing repetitive typing, arm and hand motions.
  • Willing and able to work varied hours and dates, including holidays, weekends, and late and early hours, as needed.
  • Current driver's license and a good driving record.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

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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