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The Outer Banks SPCA & Dare County Animal Shelter are currently seeking to fill
one Full Time Animal Control Officer/Animal Care Technician vacancy.
The position will be split between both roles.
If you are interested in applying, please read the job descriptions below and follow the link below.
Resumes and any questions should be submitted to:
Animal Care Technician
The Purpose of the Position:
To provide the best possible supportive care to the animals of the Outer Banks SPCA. This position must adhere to the Outer Banks SPCA policies as well as the standards of cleanliness and animal welfare of the organization. This position reports to the Cat Care Manager, the Canine Care Manager, and to the Director of the Outer Banks SPCA.
Animal Care Technicians must be courteous and professional at all times.
All employees of the Outer Banks SPCA are expected to be honest and trustworthy, respectful of self and others, demonstrate sound work ethics, and provide excellent customer service and community relations at all times. All employees are representatives of the Outer Banks SPCA at all times and must carry themselves as such.
1. Cleaning - Provide quality daily cleaning following the guidelines of the Outer Banks expectations and cross contamination policy. This cleaning includes but is not limited to:
- individual cage and kennel cleaning and scrubbing
- dish washing
- sweeping and mopping
- general straightening and organization
2. Animal Care - Direct humane animal handling including but not limited to:
- transferring from one location to another (cage to cage, kennel to play yard, etc.)
- walking dogs
- bathing dogs and kittens
- holding for medical procedures
- handling for potential adopters or redemptions
- assisting in providing daily enrichment activities
- assisting in logging daily enrichment activities
4. Medical care - Animal Care Technicians are expected to deliver recommended and required medical care daily to the animals at the shelter. They are expected to disperse the treatments and perform the required procedures humanely, professionally, and in the manner they are trained in by the Outer Banks SPCA.
All procedures are to be logged in the correct places, with follow up care scheduled when necessary.
5. Public Relations -
Provide excellent customer service to all visitors at all times.
Assist owners of lost canines in the redemption process.
Assist potential adopters in all aspects of the adoption including.
- matchmaking selection
- question and answer processes
- meet and greet
Assist volunteers and other staff members in selection and handling of dogs for walks, events, evaluation and other needs.
Adhere to the policies and procedures of the Outer Banks SPCA at all times.
6. Other duties
Assist in Office work as needed, including, but not limited to:
- answering phones
- animal intake
- animal services complaints and dispatch
- foster follow up
- owner surrender
- customer relations
- scheduling veterinary appointments
- assist in website maintenance
- Basic knowledge of computer use and Office Software
- Basic knowledge of video and film editing preferred.
- Professional customer service experience perferred.
- Animal care experience preferred.
Ability to work independently and as a team. Builds and maintains relationships.
Ability to recognize and rectify short falls within their realm of responsibility.
Logical, goal oriented, uses resources and tools available, and asks questions to gather information.
Energetic, productive, committed and effectively uses time.
Speaks clearly, listens actively, and communicates effectively.
Takes direction, clearly and accurately performs the tasks requested.
Appropriate use of various forms of communication (phone, email, face-to-face)
Puts animal care and customer service above all else.
Being an open admission shelter, the working environment can be unpredictable and stressful at times.
This position usually consists of up to twenty hours a week and is considered a part time position. At times there may be an increased level of commitment.
This position, particularly the animal cleaning and care portions, are extremely physical and require someone of sound body to perform the necessary tasks. There will be lifting of fifty pounds or more at times. This position requires regular and humane handling of dogs over fifty pounds that will pull, jump, and attempt to knock you over. Strength, balance, and stamina are physical staples of this position.
This job does require direct contact with animals. Animals can be unpredictable at times and employees are expected to exercise caution when handling them.
Animal Sheltering is an extremely emotional and sometimes daunting task. Stress management inside and outside the work place is critical to performing at optimum standards.
Animal Control Officer
Summary of the Position:
Performs animal control work for Dare County. The work involves patrolling assigned areas of the county to enforce animal control
ordinances and related laws, rules and regulations. Officers carry out daily assignments, follow through on matters, and use independent judgment and training to take appropriate actions to deal with standard recurring situations.
Essential Job Functions
- Enforces County and State animal regulations including, but not limited to, cruelty to animals, dangerous/vicious animals, and animal
bites, including dogs, cats, and wildlife.
- Patrols assigned County areas, contains and picks-up stray, sick/injured, feral, and/or unwanted and captured domestic animals, transporting them to appropriate destination.
- Performs emergency animal rescue service, emergency night and weekend on call service, and animal first aid when required.
- Serves and responds to court and the Board of Health on Dangerous Dog hearings.
- Maintains required telecommunications contact.
- Hand out traps to capture evasive domestic animals. Trap forms must be filled out completely and signed by the requester and the officer.
- Euthanize seriously injured or sick animals.
- Educates the public on proper animal care, wildlife problems, and animal control regulations. Issues warnings to animal owners found in violation of animal regulations.
- Prepares and maintains necessary reports and records. Performs routine vehicle and equipment maintenance.
- Responds to and investigates complaints from citizens concerning domestic, and some wildlife situations (Raccoons, Opossum’s) example seriously injured, or in the dwelling of someone’s home.
Performs related work as required.
Knowledge’s, Abilities and Skills
- The purposes and methods of animal control programs.
- Effective methods of controlling and containment of domestic animals.
- Ability to perform animal control duties efficiently.
- Handle animals safely and effectively.
- Deal courteously with the public.
- Operate vehicle safely.
Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and experience that provides the above knowledge’s, abilities and skills may be substituted on a full-time year for year basis.)
Training and/or Education
High school diploma or GED.
Two years of progressively responsible experience in working with animals.
Licenses or Certificates
Valid driver's license.
The work is regularly active with periods of heavy exertion, and is performed in office, field settings and outside in varying weather conditions. Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods; lift and carry up to 1 00 pounds; climb stairs, ladders
and scaffolding; bend, kneel, crouch and crawl; reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; feel the size, shape and temperature of items; and use fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards. The work requires the ability to speak normally, to use normal or aided vision and hearing, and to detect odors.
Workers are subject to emergency callback.
Employee is subject to work beyond normal scheduled hours On Call, weekends, and holidays.