Under general supervision, this position is responsible for developing and administering the foster program for shelter animals. This is a part-time, hourly position that reports to the Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS) Board of Directors for employment matters and the Oakland Animal Services (OAS) Director or his/her designee for daily job operational needs.
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Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Recruits and trains foster care providers
- Coordinates movement of shelter animals into and out of foster care; orders/provides supplies as needed
- Assists with planning and conducting onsite and offsite adoption events
- Coordinates and assists with veterinary care for animals in the foster program
- Maintains regular contact with foster care providers; provides support for behavior and medical issues
- Maintains meticulous records of animal care, status and location using the shelter database software
- Provides regular reports to shelter management and the FOAS board regarding program status, successes and challenges
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- Associates degree or equivalent from an accredited college or technical school
- Familiarity by training or experience with basic animal care such as handling animals, vaccination, deworming, weighing and giving medications. Experience as a veterinary assistant or technician desirable.
- Six months of experience working or volunteering with an animal care, rescue, or shelter organization
- Valid Driver’s License
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Commitment to the mission, goals and success of Oakland Animal Services
- Knowledge of basic animal health care and safe animal handling practices
- Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and database systems
- Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relations with the public and other employees.
- Flexibility, adaptability, aptitude for effectively prioritizing multiple tasks and a strong work ethic
- Ability to recognize symptoms of common animal diseases; ability to lift and handle cats and dogs (including large breeds).
- Primary work location in an animal shelter environment
- Exposure to loud noises in the kennel areas
- Potential for exposure to animal feces, blood, and zoonotic diseases
- Potential for exposure to animal bites and scratches
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and weekends
- Must be able to tolerate the emotional aspect of work in an animal shelter environment, including the use of euthanasia
- $18 – $22 / hour DOE