Contribute to the physical and emotional health of LifeLine Animal Project’s shelter animals by applying the principles of animal behavior science in evaluating how animals interact with each other and their environment. Develop behavior training plans. Train staff, volunteers, and foster parents to implement behavior plans which benefit the physical and emotional well-being of the animals in our care.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Work a usual full-time schedule of Sunday through Thursday.
Work with Placement Coordinator to evaluate animals at in-take.
Create behavior plans as needed. Coordinate with Kennel and Placement staff to implement plans and ensure these plans are followed.
Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to organize and oversee volunteers who are assisting with behavior plan implementation. Train volunteers as needed.
Receive referrals from the Foster Coordinator for assistance with animals in foster care.
Work with foster parents to create and implement behavior plans for foster animals.
Train Shelter staff and volunteers concerning reading animal body language and behavior warning signs, proper training techniques using positive reinforcement, and enrichment activities.
Assist with Dogs Playing for Life play groups as needed.
Consult with Kennel Manager and Manager of Placement Services to identify animals that do not have placement options.
Keep detailed, organized records concerning animal evaluations, training plans, staff training, and foster parent contacts. Produce reports as needed.
Participate in Placement team activities. Back-up Placement positions as needed.
Assist with behavior needs at other LifeLine locations as needed.
Participate in euthanasia decisions with management team and support staff.
Use shelter database systems to write animal behavior plans.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Animal Behaviorist certification from a nationally recognized program.
Three plus years experience in animal related field preferably demonstrating behavior modification knowledge.
Excellent customer service skills.
Extensive knowledge of dog and cat behavior.
Knowledge in animal health and well-being to include nutrition needs, resources for information, knowledge of common animal diseases.
Must be available to work on weekends.
Organized with excellent recordkeeping skills.
Must pass background check and drug screening.
Ability to handle dogs and cats and occasionally other animals of all sizes, ages, temperaments and needs safely and appropriately
Ability to work effectively with a team or individually. Must be self-starter.
Ability to remain calm and empathetic in stressful situations.
Ability to life 50 lbs to waist height.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Minimum of high school diploma and animal behavior certification. Three+ years experience in animal related field. Preference given to applicants whose work was focused in the field of behavior.
Must be able to read and interpret policies and procedures. Must be able to communicate effectively to adopters and must provide good customer services skills.
Must pass general knowledge test which includes mathematical problems.
Must have the ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written or verbal form and to follow those instructions correctly.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Certified Animal Behaviorist
While performing the duties of this job, employee may be exposed to a kennel that is not air-conditioned and may be exposed to unpleasant kennel smells.
About LifeLine Animal Project
Founded in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project (LifeLine) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. LifeLine is working to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters and is the managing organization of Fulton County Animal Services and the DeKalb County Animal Services shelter