Best Friends Animal Society
  • 410- Wild Friends
  • 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.


Position: Wild Friends Caregiver Tier 1

Reports to: Wild Friends Manager

Location: Kanab, Utah

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Position Summary: Working within a team setting to provide for the well-being, care, and quality of life for all of the birds and mammals in the state and federally permitted educational wildlife program, and all domestic birds and mammals.  

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
  • Daily care for resident animals in accordance with department protocols or medical plans
    • Provide food and water
    • Measure oral medications/supplements and administer in food
    • Clean habitats
    • Provide enrichment as designated by Team Leader or Manager
  • Assess health of all birds and mammals daily
    • Observe behaviors and feeding patterns (chart per protocols)
    • Inspect enclosures for safety and security (repair and/or report findings to Team Leader/Manager)
  • Clean work areas and preserve physical appearance of buildings and grounds
    • Raking, sweeping, dusting, mopping, poop scooping, trash removal, scrubbing, weeding, etc
  • Relate to employees, volunteers, and visitors in a friendly, informative, and professional manner to create a positive volunteer/visitor experience and workplace environment
  • 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.
  • Interacting with tours: be available to greet tours, speak about specific animals, and answer questions.
  • Working and interacting 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.
  • Stock, inventory, and report needed supplies to Manager
  • Provide tours of Wild Friends as needed
  • Provide support for, and participate in, lectures, presentations, and outreach as requested by Manager
  • Accept responsibility for one's own actions
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Experience:

  • Able to demonstrate after a short training period ability to accurately assess health of all birds and mammals and communicate information effectively
  • Demonstrates approachability when dealing with the general public. Experience in interacting with the general public (customer service) preferred
  • Demonstrates ability to create and encourage a positive work environment
  • 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 experience with or ability to learn Microsoft Word and Excel, Google calendar, docs and email and ADP
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays
  • Able and willing to professionally advocate Best Friends position on issues
  • Must have a valid driver's license and qualify for BFAS insurance

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to routinely able to lift 40 to 50 pounds while doing the following daily strenuous tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down ladders, lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, and bending in temperatures that range from below freezing to 100 degrees.
  • Must be 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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