Job Title: Kennel Attendant

Department: Operations

Location: Long Beach

Reports To: Clinic Manager

FLSA Classification: Non-exempt
Status: Full-time (40 hours/week)

Posting Date: June 27, 2019

 

JOB SUMMARY

The primary purpose and function of the Garden Grove Kennel Attendant of Golden State Humane Society (GSHS) is to work directly with our surgery staff and clinic manager to ensure that every animal receives the best care in post-surgery recovery. Kennel Attendants are also responsible for post-surgery pick-ups and relaying post-surgery instructions to clients in a clear and compassionate manner.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES/FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB/DUTIES

 

  • Ensure the safety, health and care of all post-surgery animals in a fast-paced, high volume setting

  • Clear, timely communication with all surgery staff and Clinic Manager regarding post-surgery animals

  • Communicate with clients clearly and compassionately during pick-ups and pre-surgery calls

  • Clean all large and small kennels daily

  • Clean all laundry daily

  • Assemble e-collars daily and maintain stock needed for surgery

  • Sterilize surgical packs as assigned

  • Maintain surgery records

  • Works with Inventory Control staff and Clinic Manager insuring all post-surgery supplies and inventory are ready and               available

  • Feeds and cleans up after all stray/feral cats in GSHS care

  • Performs cleaning and other duties as assigned

  • Perform job duties in a positive, helpful manner providing exceptional client service

  • Represent GSHS with activities and behaviors designed to improve our reputation in the community

  • Maintain exceptional personal ethic code of conduct in the treatment of animals

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum one (1) year of animal care experience in a clinic or hospital setting

  • Commitment to high level of client service

  • Able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment

  • Computer skills: Windows operating systems

  • Must have reliable transportation

  • Flexible availability required – will be scheduled on Saturdays

  • Must be available to work at both our Long Beach and Garden Grove clinics​​

  • Must be at least 18 year old

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and be able to read, write and speak clearly in English so that written and          verbal instructions can be communicated effectively.

  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred

  • At least one year of work experience, education and/or training relevant to the work described above

 

Additional requirements: A demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare; be dedicated to GSHS’s mission; be willing to work mornings, evenings and weekends as required by the job; have a valid California driver’s license and insurable by GSHS insurance vendors; meet the physical requirements of the job.

 

MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK THROUGH THE MONTHS OF JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST. NO VACATION TIME APPROVED DURING THIS PERIOD.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • None

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach.

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds repetitively.

  • Work performed requires lifting, bending, stooping, twisting, pushing, and other strenuous activities for extended periods      of time.

  • The position requires regular use of a computer, telephones, and other standard office equipment.

  • Work is often done in a time sensitive and demanding environment.

  • Evening, weekend, and holiday work will be required.

PSYCHOLOGICAL DEMANDS

  • Strong psychological stamina to work with public and maintain decorum in a high-volume setting

  • Interface productively with all employees and clients in a high-volume setting

  • Strong psychological stamina to work with terminally ill animals and euthanasia processes

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work takes place in a veterinary clinic, both indoors and outdoors

  • Will have regular contact with animals with varying degrees of domesticity and physical condition

  • Will be expected to work around live and deceased animals

  • Will work directly with potentially harmful medications and chemicals, animal wastes, potentially harmful cleaners and            disinfectants, high noise, and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites and diseases

  • May be exposed to heights, such as step stools or ladders

  • Must employ basic safety standards at all times

  • Will have access to, and may be required to use, protective equipment such as gloves, protective eye wear, etc

  • Evening, weekend, and holiday work will be required

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SAFETY 

 

This is a non-safety sensitive position. Safety is to be given primary importance in every aspect and performing all related activities. We want to protect you against injury and illness, as well as minimize the potential loss.  Please report all injuries (no matter how slight) to your manager immediately, as well as anything that needs repair or is a safety hazard.  A post-accident drug test will be conducted if you are involved in on-the-job accidents that may have involved human error and which cause a fatality, a serious injury, an injury requiring immediate treatment away from the scene, or an accident involving significant property damage. 

MEAL PERIODS 

 

GSHS authorizes and provides an unpaid meal period, which must be taken for at least thirty minutes and it must commence before the end of the fifth hour of employment. If a non-exempt employee works more than ten hours in one day, the employee may take a second unpaid meal period of at least thirty minutes, which may be waived by mutual consent of both the employer and employee provided the first meal period was taken as long as a Meal Break Waiver Form is on file with Human Resources. If the total work period per day is no more than six hours, the meal period may be waived by mutual consent of both the employer and employee.

REST BREAKS 

 

GSHS authorizes and provides duty-free rest periods for all non-exempt employees. Rest periods consist of at least ten minutes of "net" rest time for each four-hour work period or a major fraction thereof. Rest periods generally occur in the middle of the work shift to the extent practicable. Rest periods are not documented in employee time records.

ACCOMMODATIONS: In the event that an employee is or becomes disabled from performing one or more of the essential functions of the job, GSHS will engage in an interactive dialogue in a good faith attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that permits a qualified employee to perform the essential functions of the employee’s job if the requested accommodation does not result in an undue hardship to the company.

 

Additional requirements: A demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare; be dedicated to GSHS’s mission; be willing to work mornings, evenings, weekends and some holidays as required by the job; have a valid California driver’s license and insurable by GSHS insurance vendors; meet the physical requirements of the job.

MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK THROUGH THE MONTHS OF JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST.

NO VACATION TIME APPROVED DURING THIS PERIOD.

SAFETY 

This is a non-safety sensitive position. Safety is to be given primary importance in every aspect and performing all related activities. We want to protect you against injury and illness, as well as minimize the potential loss.  Please report all injuries (no matter how slight) to your manager immediately, as well as anything that needs repair or is a safety hazard.  A post accident drug test will be conducted if you are involved in on-the-job accidents that may have involved human error and which cause a fatality, a serious injury, an injury requiring immediate treatment away from the scene, or an accident involving significant property damage. 

MEAL PERIODS

 

GSHS authorizes and provides an unpaid meal period, which must be taken for at least thirty minutes and it must commence before the end of the fifth hour of employment. If a non-exempt employee works more than ten hours in one day, the employee may take a second unpaid meal period of at least thirty minutes, which may be waived by mutual consent of both the employer and employee provided the first meal period was taken as long as a Meal Break Waiver Form is on file with Human Resources. If the total work period per day is no more than six hours, the meal period may be waived by mutual consent of both the employer and employee.

 

REST BREAKS

 

GSHS authorizes and provides duty-free rest periods for all non-exempt employees. Rest periods consist of at least ten minutes of "net" rest time for each four-hour work period or a major fraction thereof. Rest periods generally occur in the middle of the work shift to the extent practicable. Rest periods are not documented in employee time records.

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

In the event that an employee is or becomes disabled from performing one or more of the essential functions of the job, GSHS will engage in an interactive dialogue in a good faith attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that permits a qualified employee to perform the essential functions of the employee’s job if the requested accommodation does not result in an undue hardship to the company.