Animal Care Technician

Full Time and Part Time positions available

Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) is the oldest continually operating animal shelter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Serving on average, 75 dogs and 120 cats per day, the ideal candidate must show an affinity for supporting animal welfare. The role of the Animal Care Technician is to provide routine care for our animals. Pay set at $8.50 per hour.

Animal Care Managers

Duties and daily tasks:
• Exercise, groom, medicate, and feed animals
• Clean, sanitize work areas and animals’ kennel spaces
• Assist customers in viewing animals
• Communicate health and behavior concerns to the attention of a manager
• Maintain safe and effective work environment which complies with animal shelter procedures, policies, rules, regulations and other duties as assigned by management

Essential functions:
• Feed and medicate animals as directed
• Bathe, groom, exercise animals as directed
• Provide enrichment to animals
• Assist customers in viewing animals and matching families with the appropriate animal
• Communicate concerns regarding animals, staff, volunteers, customers to managers
• Maintain a healthy environment for all animals, staff, and volunteers
• Comply with PHS procedures, policies, rules and regulations per the PHS Standard Operating Procedure manual and Staff handbook
• Vaccinate animals as directed
• Clean, organize and maintain all work areas
• Assist managers with behavioral/medical exams and new intake exams or any other duties assigned by Animal Care Managers

Qualifications and Essential Functions and working conditions:
• High school diploma
• Ability to lift 50 pounds
• Ability to be on your feet, bend, stoop, and walk for an 8-hour work day
• Willingness to take a drug screening
• Willingness and ability to communicate with people in a friendly and professional manner
• Ability to deal with difficult and stressful animal situations
• Professional animal husbandry experience, preferred

Please send completed application and cover letter to the Executive Director at: director@portsmouthhumanesociety.org

No phone calls please.

PHS is an equal opportunity employer.