Join our team of animal care professionals who want to make a difference in beautiful Bemidji, Minnesota. We are seeking a qualified, hard-working individual to spearhead the overall care and well-being of our shelter pets. This job is not only important, but rewarding when you see the difference you make in the lives of stray and unwanted pets. Read on to learn more about the job responsibilities.
Job Type: Full-Time
Hours: Schedule varies – 40 hours per week
Pay Rate: Hourly, Dependent on Qualifications Reports to: Executive Director
Provide quality care and oversight for shelter and fostered pets. Oversee kennel staff to ensure proper procedures and protocols are followed. Monitor the health and well-being of shelter animals. Administers necessary vaccines and medications. Provide proper training for shelter staff and volunteers. Work alongside veterinary partners and assist veterinarians as needed.
TheKennel Coordinator must support Great River Rescue’s mission, philosophies and practices. Superior customer service, consistent humane handling of animals, and fundraising are priorities for every GRR staff member and volunteer. Performs duties in a safe and professional manner that is in accordance to GRR’s Code of Conduct.
Specific Job Duties:
Animal Intake and Care
Coordinate animal surrenders with the public, local pounds, and other animal agencies. Manage the total number of shelter pets within set parameters.
Handle new animal intake processing: weights, temps, microchip scan, vaccines and overall check of each animal for condition or medical conditions.
Assess animals for behavioral concerns and recommend appropriate enrichment protocols.
Administer necessary vaccinations and microchip insertions. Conduct de-worming, de-fleeing and ear checks (cleaning if necessary) of each animal in care of the shelter.
Give direction for medical regimens as appropriate and in consultation with partner veterinarian. Give needed medications as appropriate.
Maintain medication records for each animal. Assure proper dosing and records of medications given.
Provide minimal grooming of animals to make them more approachable for potential adopters.
Order vaccinations and other medical and kennel supplies. Keep regular inventory and ensure proper amount is on hand.
Consult approved veterinarians on medical issues and concerns.
Write monthly animal health report for Executive Director and Animal Welfare Committee.
Ensure all animals possible are placed in qualified homes according to GRR policies.
Ensure all animals are properly housed, fed, and cared for.
Recommend to the Executive Director equipment purchases, supply purchases and repairs as needed.
Develop and maintain proper animal care procedures and protocols.
Respond to disease outbreaks as appropriate.
Develop and follow strict isolation and quarantine protocols. Ensure shelter staff follow approved protocols.
Conduct blood tests such as FIV/FeLV for cats and 4DX for dogs. Record results appropriately and implement plan of care for animals according to direction from partner veterinarian.
Use humane restraint techniques and ensure shelter staff follow approved techniques.
Ensure all animals receive appropriate diet.
Evaluate animals for euthanasia. Consult with Executive Director and shelter team on euthanasia decisions.
Ensure medications are stored and secured properly.
In consultation with Executive Director and other shelter staff, develop approved cleaning and sanitation protocols.
Maintain supply of proper food, cat litter and other animal products for shelter animals.
Transport animals to and from the vet clinic and impound as needed, or coordinate transportation with other staff and volunteers.
Communicate with city and township impounds to try and prevent euthanasia.
Oversee Dog Play Groups and ensure staff follow all safety protocols related to dog to dog introductions.
Provide email, in-person, and telephone support for adopters with questions related to medical and behavioral care of their fostered or adopted pets.
Maintain “After Hours Phone” and respond to foster caregivers as appropriate and within reason depending on personal schedule.
Assist clients with animal visitations and inform them of all known medical and behavior issues.
Actively promote spay/neuter and educate clients on responsible pet ownership.
Provide direction and instruction to staff and volunteers regarding animal behavior and medical concerns.
Train and direct approved staff on administration of all necessary vaccinations, microchips insertions and medications.
Ensure proper logs are kept for animal behavior and medical issues. Work closely with other staff to manage these issues effectively.
Provide continuing education opportunities for shelter staff and track their progress.
Create and distribute volunteer training tools. Coordinate with the Executive Director to conduct occasional volunteer trainings.
Ensure volunteers follow approved protocols.
Create diary notes corresponding to the Length of Stay Reduction protocols and ensure staff compliance.
Veterinary Care and Assistance
Assist on-site partner veterinarians with expert care.
Follow veterinarian’s instructions for care of surgical patients. Perform procedures under veterinary supervision.
In coordination with the Pet Fixers Coordinator and Executive Director, help oversee and administer the Pet Fixers low-cost spay/neuter program.
Develop approved foster program protocols.
Maintain list of approved foster care providers.
Provide adequate training and support to all approved foster care providers.
Place animals in approved foster homes as appropriate.
Maintain a safe shelter environment for staff and animals. This includes maintaining a current master copy of Safety Data Sheets and a directory of all chemicals in use in the building, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidelines.
Participate on Animal Welfare Committee and other special projects as assigned.
All other duties as assigned by Executive Director.
Schedule varies Monday – Sunday 8 am to 5:30 pm, some evening work may be required. Approximately 40 hours per week. Flexibility in determining appropriate schedule.
Attend regular staff meetings as scheduled
Must have valid Driver’s License
Additional Salary Information: Fully covered health plan plus 50% contribution for dependents
Vacation and Sick Time
Internal Number: 123456
About Great River Rescue
Great River Rescue is a private, nonprofit animal shelter for dogs and cats. We provide high quality care for stray and surrendered pets until a suitable home can be found. We also provide low-cost spay/neuter services to qualified low income pet owners. Finally, we strive to educate the community on responsible pet care and provide them with resources related to their animal needs.