Position Title: Community Cats Program Assistant
Reports to: Community Cat Program Manager
Location: Modesto, CA
FLSA Status: Non-exempt, full-time
Position summary: Assist Animal Services in Modesto, CA to help reduce feral cat populations. Responsible for carrying out fieldwork in Modesto, CA including trapping and working with caregivers of free-roaming cats for spay/neuter. Transport cats to and from the shelter's clinic and bring cats back to their colony locations.
Duties and responsibilities:
Assist in making reminder calls to clients for their appointments, and rework and reschedule last-minute changes in the schedule.
Keep track of loaned-out traps. Prior to trapping day, deliver traps and supplies to TNR locations.
Train new caregivers in TNR and use of traps.
Set up traps and check them throughout the night, as needed. Assist with drop trapping, as needed. (May take 3-4 hours in the evening.)
Keep traps clean, in working order, and clearly marked with Best Friends tag.
Keep plenty of supplies for trapping on hand.
Keep track of all food donations coming in and going out.
Coordinate moving food, as donations come in.
Pick up cats at prearranged times and places for appointments.
Get the cats (5 to 30 cats) to the clinic in a timely manner. Fill out all paperwork and ensure that cats are organized by colonies and any issues they may have.
Relay any relevant information about the cats to the medical and other staff.
Pick up cats from the clinic and return them to their colony (often requiring release), their caregivers, or their group by transport.
Clean the clinic area when cats stay overnight.
Clean traps after releases, for next use.
Assist in tracking of all spay/neuter surgeries done through the clinics.
Ensure that clinic policies and procedures are being accurately followed.
Maintain the transport van by making sure that oil changes and regular maintenance are done.
Drop off dirty laundry and pick up clean laundry; fold it and put it away. Keep a good stock of laundry available, picking up donations as needed.
Hang door hangers in the neighborhoods where the TNR cats are returned.
Be available for on-call shifts during the week and on weekends.
Do data and GIS tracking. Enter records in the Best Friends database in a timely fashion.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Required skills and experience:
Strong leadership skills with the ability to think quickly on your feet.
Able to professionally advocate for Best Friends' position on issues.
Able to educate people about the process of TNR in a clear and effective manner.
Knowledge and experience with feral cats and trapping cats, and knowledge about how to safely operate cat traps.
Excellent people skills. You must be friendly, confident in your knowledge and able to convey your message clearly.
Good management skills. You will be working with diverse groups and individuals and must keep everyone focused and working together.
Accurate record-keeping and ability to provide monthly reports on various programs.
Proficiency with Internet navigation and a variety of computer software applications. Ability to learn additional software applications, as needed.
Proven written and verbal skills. Spanish speaking/writing a plus.
Experience in project management, with strong time management skills, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job is a team player, personable, professional, upbeat and energetic, someone who takes the initiative, and uses tact and diplomacy.
Willing and able to travel and work for extensive periods across the state and elsewhere to support the community cat initiatives.
Must be able to lift 50-plus pounds at a time.
Must be able to work in extreme weather.
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time working at a computer, doing repetitive typing, arm and hand motions.
Willing and able to work varied hours and dates, including holidays, weekends, and late and early hours and split shifts, as needed.
Must have current driver's license and a good driving record.
Knowledge of how to access and read relevant documents provided by shelter.
Must be at least 25 years of age.
Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.
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