Best Friends Animal Society
  • 407- Rabbits
  • Kanab, UT, USA
  • Salary
  • 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: Animal Care Director
Location: Kanab, Utah
FLSA status: Exempt

Position Summary: Responsible for managing Best Friends Rabbit Department to best utilize resources, meet objectives, and supervise budget, safety and operational plans for delivering exemplary rabbit care.


  • Provide managerial oversight and strategic direction for the admissions, care and enrichment of rabbits and guinea pigs at the sanctuary.
  • Assess rabbits/guinea pigs for placement at the sanctuary and coordinate intake.
  • Oversee adoption process.
  • Responsible for establishing and reviewing department processes and protocols and staff implementation.
  • Ensure staff is using proper rabbit-handling protocols.
  • Ensure the implementation of exemplary standards in rabbit care. Educate staff and the public on all aspects of rabbit care, and work to ensure safe and effective care environments for the various needs of rabbits at the Sanctuary.
  • Lead and manage staff: interviewing and selection of new hires; provide job and rabbit care training opportunities for staff; identify and resolve employee relations and performance issues; establish and maintain a professional work environment while providing appropriate leadership and direction; promote positive morale, facilitate teamwork among staff; evaluate employee performance and set clear goals and expectations; prioritize, assign, and review work assignments.
  • Foster a collaborative work environment within the rabbit department as well as with other teams throughout the organization. This includes but is not limited to coordinating with the clinic to improve protocols or collaborate on specific medical cases, working with the Visitor Center on rabbit related activities or events, providing support and resources to our regional centers, etc.
  • Keep abreast of concerns and trends in the rabbit welfare movement and serve as one of the key representatives of the Rabbit Department as work schedule allows or appoint and mentor appropriate staff to serve as a representative for public presentations, email correspondence, etc.
  • Prepare and manage the operational budget and metrics for the Rabbit Department, including purchasing, reconciliation and forecasting.
  • Work with the visitor and volunteer departments to monitor, evaluate and improve visitor, volunteer and intern programs. This includes but is not limited to the evaluation of new engagement opportunities, engaging and evaluation of interns and providing feedback on existing programs.
  • Provide to shelters, groups and individuals consultation and training on rabbit behavior and training as work schedule allows or refer them to appropriate staff.
  • Responsible for providing on-call support for sanctuary rabbit on sleepovers and sanctuary rabbit emergencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • This is a leadership position requiring 3 plus years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Ability to strategically plan. Experience developing and implementing plans toward organization goals, keeping in mind the big picture, while ensuring departmental efforts are aligned and in support.
  • Must be problem solving, solutions oriented: creative and innovative with the ability and comfort to change directions quickly and as needed.
  • Knowledge of animals and animal welfare essential with the ability and desire to learn detailed aspects regarding the care of rabbits.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat, and energetic, takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy.
  • Experience in team building and staff development preferred.
  • Ability to manage change and lead the team through change.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in various stages of development, each with a unique timeline.
  • Work requires continual attention to detail. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.
  • Experience with Gmail and Google Calendar or similar software.
  • Demonstrates accurate, appropriate, clear and concise written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends position on issues.
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to facilitate group processes as well as develop and influence others.
  • Valid Driver's License with access to transportation to travel on organization business. Access to driving records will be needed for insurance purposes.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to work at a computer for extended periods of time including repetitive typing, arm and hand motion.
  • Able to routinely lift 40 pounds.
  • Able to work out of doors in all weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to above 100 degrees.
  • Able to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to: lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.
  • Able to work around allergens like hay, dust and rabbit fur.

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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