The Animal Behavior Assistant assists with handling, training, evaluating, and caring for dogs, cats, and other animals. They work closely with the Director of Animal Behavior and contribute to behavior evaluations and decisions about in-shelter and in-foster animals. The position will serve as a point of contact for staff, volunteers, and the public regarding animal behavior questions or concerns. They will also assist with the animal transport-in program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Handle animals properly, humanely, and with compassion
- Assist with managing the flow of dogs and other animals through the shelter by ensuring timely evaluations, thorough documentation, and enrichment aimed at maximizing quality of life
- Perform behavior assessments and evaluations; provide enrichment, training, and modification programs to enhance adoptability
- Daily monitoring of animal mental health during behavioral work and prompt reporting of any medical or behavioral concerns
- Provide training and socialization for special needs dogs (fearful, high energy, etc.) and shelter dog playgroup sessions
- Regularly communicate with Director of Animal Behavior in person and through shared videos and notes
- Maintain records of animal behavior and care needs, providing direction for other teams
- Assist with development of training programs for staff and volunteers, serving as a primary point of contact for volunteers regarding animal behavior and training
- Participate in behavior-related euthanasia decisions
- Advise people who are struggling with pet behavior problems or who want to surrender a pet
- High school diploma or equivalent preferred
- Valid driver’s license and a good driving record
- 2+ years of experience working with dogs and cats in a shelter environment
- 2+ years customer service experience
- Able to perform behavior modification related to under socialization, fear, house-soiling, leash reactivity, resource guarding, impulse control, etc.
- Positive reinforcement training with dogs and cats
- Willing and able to work with animals of unknown disposition and/or aggressive tendencies
- Experience with PetPoint, Fear Free Handline, and Kelly Bollen assessments preferred
- Positive team player who can communicate clearly and respectfully to different constituent groups
- Mid-level computer skills and use of standard office equipment
- Physical requirements include ability to talk, hear, and see, as well as sit, stand, walk, regularly lift and move up to 60 lbs.