Compensation and Benefits: This position starts at $14-15/hour depending upon experience.
Foothills Animal Shelter offers a competitive total compensation package. Employees become eligible for medical, dental, vision, retirement plan (employee funded), life insurance, long term disability, and an array of supplemental benefits at 60 days of employment. Foothills covers 100% of the premiums for two of our medical plans, dental, vision, life insurance ($10,000) and long-term disability. Employees earn sick and vacation time each pay period, plus several recognized holidays. After one year of employment, employees are eligible for a 401K retirement plan that we will match up to 3%. Employees also have access to an array of discounted programs including pet food, cell phones, travel, pet insurance, clothing, entertainment tickets, etc.
About: Foothills Animal Shelter’s mission is: providing support to our surrounding community through education, services that strengthen the human-pet bond, and humane care for the animals we serve. We are an open-admissions facility, which means we never turn away an animal. We care for more than 9,200 orphaned cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and critters every year with a compassionate team of 50 staff and 500 volunteers. We are a community resource and offer a variety of services including pet adoption, Jefferson County pet licensing, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and lost and found pets. The Shelter is established under an intergovernmental agreement between Jefferson County, the City of Arvada, the City of Lakewood, the City of Wheat Ridge, the City of Golden, the City of Westminster and the City of Edgewater. Under this agreement the Shelter was established as a quasi-governmental entity that not only supports the county and city’s animal control officers but also the needs of the citizens in our area. To maximize our impact and fundraising abilities in addition to the Shelter legal entity we also have a related 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Friends of Foothills Animal Shelter. We are committed to our important mission and the life-saving work that we do every day of the year.
Position Summary: The individual will administer medications and vaccinations, maintain clinical records in a computer software system, participate and assist in receipt of and processing incoming animals, and perform initial and ongoing health assessments of animals to note any changes in their condition. A portion of the scheduled days are spent in a high-quality, high-volume surgery environment. Prior experience and proficiency in anesthesia and surgery is required.
The position requires knowledge in animal care, treatments, disease, and proper restraint and will require involvement in humane euthanasia procedures. Applicants must be self-motivated as well as a good team player, possess good technical skills in surgery, experience with animal handling, health and behavior, and take pride in their compassion for animals.
This position collaborates with employees at all levels of the organization as well as with the community. Communication through phone conversations and electronic must be professional, respectful and clear at all times. Employees should be supportive of our mission, our team and coworkers as well as address any concerns and conflicts appropriately.
• Current CVT with minimum two years experience, preferably in a shelter and/or high volume spay/neuter clinic.
• Completion of a veterinary technician internship or comparable experience preferred.
• Working knowledge of current veterinary practices and/or shelter medicine and/or HQHV practices.
• Current rabies vaccinations/acceptable titers are preferred.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills.|
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
• Knowledge of Shelter Buddy® is preferred.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• High attention to detail.
• Must have the ability to communicate and collaborate with a variety of people and personality types.
• Strong commitment to animal welfare and the proper treatment of animals.
• Understanding of MS Office 365 and database management software (Donor Perfect, Shelter Buddy, Volgistics, etc.) preferred.
• Handling and restraining animals of various sizes, weights, and temperaments.
• Subject to animal bites or scratches.
• Exposure to cleaning chemicals, fumes, gases, X-ray radiation, dust, animal dander, parasites, animal urine and feces, transmittable diseases.
• Working with medications/drugs both controlled and non-controlled.
• Physical efforts require constant bending, stooping, standing, climbing stairs, and walking. Ability to lift at least 50lbs with reasonable accommodation.
• Work performed in high noise level areas.
• Must be able to manage the emotional aspect of end of life services and humane euthanasia, and support employees in high-emotion circumstances.