Part-Time Animal Caregiver
You must live in or close to our service area. Please do not apply if you live elsewhere. You can find our service area here: https://www.merrypuppinspgh.com/services-rates
You must truly love animals. This is non-negotiable. We do much more than play with cute kittens (oh, we get to do that!). You’ll also be expected to:
*Work with all types of animals- from well behaved therapy dogs to those who have behavior challenges and/or reactivity issues.
*Occasionally work with animals who are ill, have chronic medical conditions, and/or are receiving hospice care.
*Work with different kinds of domestic and urban farm animals. We do not discriminate based on breed. Note that you do not need to be experienced with all types of animals in order to apply. If there is a reason why you cannot work with a particular type of animal, talk with us about it!
*Ensure the safety of animals in your care above all else.
*Clean up after animals- including but not limited to: dog poo, cat and small animal litter, hair balls, vomit, and occasionally blood.
*Write accurate, sensitive, detail oriented, and upbeat notes using proper grammar and punctuation.
*Arrive within designated time frames and manage your time appropriately.
*Sometimes provide care for multiple animals in the same household.
*Towel dry wet dogs and clean muddy paws.
*Occasionally administer medications and provide other supportive medical care. You will be fully trained.
*Enter many homes and deal with many keys and locks.
*Arm and disarm complex alarm systems.
*Constantly be on your very best behavior in other’s homes- we aim to leave no trace as far as cleanliness is concerned.
*Occasionally sleep in other people’s homes.
*Be aware that we work some (but not all) holidays, weekends, evenings, overnights, etc… We provide animal care 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. We don’t expect you to be available 24 hours a day, but we need to know about your availability so that we can assure coverage for our clients. We respect your time away from work too.
*Be a team player.
*Be aware that we cannot provide a fixed schedule or guaranteed number of hours. Your schedule will be based on the needs of our clients as well as your availability.
*Dress according to our practical and sensible dress code.
*Own a car and a posses a valid license and insurance.
*Pass a criminal background check.
*Possess or be willing to obtain a Pet Tech certification (Merry Puppins will assist).
*Participate in ongoing training to stay up to date with 1st Aid and CPR for dogs and cats, as well as other topics.
*Have personal access to a smartphone (text messaging, email, internet browsing, camera) in order to use our app to record your visit data, pictures, and notes.
*Be able to lift up to 45 pounds, and to work outdoors in heat, cold, rain, or snow.
*Important: please do not apply if you do not live in or very close to our service area Due to the nature of the work, it does not make sense to travel from other locales.
We provide training! If you are comfortable with the above job description but not experienced, we are interested in hearing from you!
We are proud to be an LGBTQ Owned, Women Owned, Inclusive and Supportive Workplace.
Pay range is $15-30 per hour. The position is part time only, with variable hours and schedules based on your availability as well as the needs of our clients. Some weekday midday availability is required.
How to ApplyPlease apply online here: https://www.merrypuppinspgh.com/work-with-us
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