West Valley Humane Society is a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit, and open admission canine shelter, and limited admission feline shelter, located in Caldwell, Idaho. WVHS serves Canyon County, Idaho, and helps thousands of animals annually. West Valley Humane Society is seeking a self-sufficient, dependable, and motivated staff who can work with us to provide the best quality of care.

Purpose of Position:

The Animal Care Attendant will be responsible for providing compassionate and attentive care of the animals at all times, maintaining a clean, healthy environment for the animals and public, and assisting with animal adoptions as needed.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Daily cleaning of all animal areas, including inside/outside runs, cat areas, floors, dishes, bedding, etc.
  • Spot cleaning of animal and public areas hourly throughout the day.
  • Feeding the animals includes providing special diets as needed.
  • Monitoring the health of the animals on an ongoing basis and rapidly identifying any health problems or conditions (medical or behavioral) and immediately reporting them to the supervisor or Animal Welfare Coordinator.  
  • Socializing and grooming the animals as needed.
  • Walking dogs as needed.
  • Doing laundry, dishes, washing windows, cleaning, and mopping public areas as needed.
  • Providing a healthy, clean, safe, and pleasant environment and facilities for the animals and public.
  • Providing transportation for animals as needed, for adoption events, to other shelters, etc.
  • Promoting a humane and caring attitude towards animals.
  • Assisting in the vaccination, examination, performance of medical treatments, and euthanasia as needed.
  • Maintaining a friendly demeanor and providing good customer service while assisting with adoptions.
  • Working courteously and cooperatively with other staff members.
  • Filling in for other areas and performing other tasks/functions as needed, including helping out at special events.
  • Adoption counseling.
  • Stocking supplies.

Specific Job Skills:

  1. Be able to learn assigned tasks readily, be detail-oriented, and be able to follow instructions.
  2. Be able to deal tactfully and effectively with the public.
  3. Be able to acquire a working knowledge of state, county, and city laws and ordinances relating to the care, treatment, and regulation of animals.
  4. Learn how to control animals with patience and kindness.
  5. Be able to lift up to 50 pounds, work both inside and outside in all weather conditions in a very physically demanding job, and be able to stand for long periods of time.
  6. Must have the ability to work weekends, holidays, and split shifts as required.
  7. Be very reliable, with a reliable form of transportation.
  8. Have a genuine affection for animals and a desire to provide them with sanitary and pleasant living conditions. 
  9. Maturity, good judgment, and a professional personal appearance.
  10. Ability to read, write and understand the English language.
  11. Be comfortable with and have the ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems as well as aggressive tendencies.
  12. The ability to become certified as a CET is a plus.
  13. Being bilingual is a plus.
  14. Allergic conditions which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals may be
You must be over the age of 18 to apply.
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