Career Opportunities

The Humane Society of Greater Miami cares for hundreds of homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens each day. We depend on our team of staff and volunteers to help us help the animals! By joining the Humane Society of Greater Miami, you become part of a wonderful cause and of a great team. Only qualified applicants will be considered based on the position requirements. Please review below our current employment opportunities:

PET TRANSPORT COORDINATOR AND DRIVER
FOSTER CARE COORDINATOR
VOLUNTEER SERVICES SUPERVISOR
MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
GRANT WRITER
SHELTER VETERINARIAN
PET ADOPTION COUNSELOR
KENNEL CLEANER
VETERINARY TECHNICIAN


PET TRANSPORT COORDINATOR AND DRIVER

PURPOSE & SCOPE OF POSITION

Duties include overseeing the care, cleaning and preventative health care for all animals in our partnered stores. Coordinate transport in/out of shelter. Ensure cleanliness and compassionate care for all animals at all times. Operating and maintaining transportation vehicles with a focus on safety; performing daily pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections; Report any issues, preparing accident and incident reports as necessary. Employee is also responsible for providing other services as requested by management when not engaged in driving service.

Performs duties, operating from specific and definite directions and instructions. Decisions are of routine nature made within prescribed operating guidelines, policies and procedures.

GENERAL DUTIES

Van Driver:

  • Operates vehicle(s) in a safe and courteous manner.
  • Maintains defensive driving.
  • Reads and interprets maps and driving directions to plan the most efficient route service.
  • Responds to requests from supervisor and senior management for unscheduled pick-ups and drop-offs.
  • Loads and uploads animals, packages and other items.
  • Inspects exterior and interior of vehicle beginning of each shift and report any improperly working parts or vehicle damages.
  • Reads and interprets road signs.
  • Keep the vehicle(s) clean inside. Keeps the interior of the vehicle neat and orderly.
  • Learns and remembers locations of various destinations points serviced by the organization on an ongoing basis.

Pet Transport:

  • Maintains relationship with store managers to ensure proper training of partnered stores staff, heath and well being of animals and all collateral materials are properly stocked.
  • Proper selection of felines for placement of adoption in stores.
  • Transports animals to and from destination safely.
  • Properly handle animals in an appropriate and safe manner.
  • Cleanliness of cages maintained before, during and after each pet.
  • Oversees that all immediate healthcare, such as vaccines, flea prevention and/or medications are up-to-date before admission into stores.
  • Ensure all felines are accurately and properly identified; felines have a microchip, name tag and photo that match pet database and animal file prior to transport.
  • Maintains accurate paperwork, cage cards, medical records, appropriate logs and animal(s) location in database.
  • Completes adoption paperwork and outcomes through pet database and maintains pet database up to date at all times.
  • Trains store employees on proper adoption process, animal handling and proper cage cleaning.
  • Maintained animal inventory and run reports.
  • May be required to perform other duties as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have strong organization skills.
  • Must be able to prioritize, organize and coordinate daily activities in a timely manner.
  • Must be computer literate and skilled in excel, word, outlook and internet research.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Must have strong customer relation skills and leadership capability.
  • Must be able to safely and efficiently operate a cargo van.
  • Must be available to work flexible working hours.
  • Must possess and maintain a safe driving record.
  • Must be able to read and interpret road signs.
  • Must be able to read, understand and adhere to the rules and regulations of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, bend; to speak and hear clearly; use hands to fingers, handle, feel; and to reach with hands and arms above or below waist. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


FOSTER CARE COORDINATOR

PURPOSE & SCOPE OF POSITION

The purpose of the Foster Care Coordinator is to enable and facilitate the transfer of animals from the Humane Society of Greater Miami to a foster care provider (including, but not limited to, Owner/ Stray Surrender, Ambassador, Medical, and Behavioral Foster Care), monitor their medical status, and ensure that these animals are tracked and returned when adoption ready.

The Foster Care Coordinator is responsible for managing the movement of animals from shelter to foster care and back, and maintaining a reasonable number of animals out in care. In addition, the Foster Care Coordinator is responsible for coordinating preventive health care to the foster animals, record keeping, facilitating Ambassador Adoptions, and weekly/monthly status reporting.

GENERAL DUTIES

Performs duties, operating from specific and definite directions and instructions. Decisions are of routine nature made within prescribed operating guidelines, policies and procedures.

Administrative:

  • Acts as foster parent’s primary contact regarding health questions or concerns of their fostered animal.
  • Arranges animal pick up and drop off, including arranging space for the returning foster within the shelter.
  • Works with all staff, volunteers, and other resources to successfully develop and implement all aspects of the Foster Care Program.
  • Follows the policies and protocols as set forth in the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Policy Manual and the Medical Protocol Manual. If a discrepancy is noticed or it is felt that an update in needed, is expected to bring it to the attention of supervisor, Associate Shelter Manager, or the Medical Director.
  • Trains foster parents to administer daily treatments, ensuring they are done as prescribed, monitors the progress of the treatment, and brings to the Medical Director’s, staff veterinarian’s, and/or supervisor’s attention any condition in need of rechecking.
  • Ensures that each animal’s medical record is up-to-date and complete. Properly records and initials all notations in the appropriate medical records.

Medical:

  • Examines animals from foster care for signs of illness or injury, and takes immediate action from following established medical protocols to notifying supervisor. Quarantines those animals who are possibly infectious if foster parent unable to treat and care for.
  • Provides routine and minor health care for animals in foster care. Is able to recognize, properly document and treat, if necessary, common medical conditions (i.e., wounds, dewclaws, ulcers, conjunctivitis, Demodectic and Sarcoptic mange, ear mites, ringworm, etc.).

Surgical:

  • Identifies/Schedules animal from foster care for spay/neuter or other surgery.
  • Makes prior arrangements with Clinic Staff for surgeries and notifies Medical Staff of these upcoming appointments.

It is not required, but highly beneficial if the Foster Care Coordinator is proficient at any of the following:

  • Performing a basic physical and behavioral exam
  • Administering sub-cutaneous fluids
  • Properly collecting fecal material for fecal flotation and fecal direct smears, creating appropriate slides and accurately reading and interpreting slides
  • Properly performing an ear cleaning
  • Properly collecting and performing a SNAP Parvo, 4DX, and Feline Combo test
  • Properly performing a skin scraping, preparing a skin scrape slide, and properly reading and interpreting the slide
  • Properly performing a Wood’s light exam
  • Properly collects samples for DTM cultures and interpret results

Other:

  • Work cooperatively and professionally with all staff, including the clinic, kennel and customer service.
  • Assists foster parents and the general public with routine health care information. Is able to explain when necessary treatment/procedures to owners or potential adopters.
  • Represents the Humane Society of Greater Miami to the highest degree by providing good customer service.
  • Reports any safety hazards or unsafe usage of Humane Society of Greater Miami equipment and supplies.
  • Fills in other areas and performs other tasks/functions as needed (i.e. helping out at the front desk with phone calls, working at special events).
  • Treats all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • At least one (1) year of experience working in a shelter, veterinary clinic or similar environment.
  • Must be able to perform data entry.
  • Experience in caring for and handling animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, cats as well as large and possibly untrained dogs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows (Word and Excel) and the ability to learn new computer programs preferred.
  • Must be an independent, multi-tasker with excellent communication skills, have exceptional interpersonal skills, be able to interface with customers and their families in a tactful, sympathetic, and objective manner.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record preferred.
  • Due to the nature our organization (animal welfare) and the safety of our employees and animals, English language proficiency is a plus.
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Hold and restrain animals with assistance if necessary.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit; to speak and hear clearly; and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must regularly lift, move, and restrain animals weighing up to 40 pounds and must occasionally lift, move and restrain animals weighing up to 100 pounds (with assistance).
  • The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 
  • Persons performing this job must not be allergic to animals, cleaning agents, or medications.
  • Other possible job hazards include exposure to corrosive chemicals and cleaning agents, exposure to feral and vicious animals, to animals with an unknown health history and therefore, exposure to zoonotic diseases through the use of hypodermic needles, animal bites and scratches, airborne transmission, and physical contact.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


VOLUNTEER SERVICES SUPERVISOR

PURPOSE & SCOPE OF POSITION

Responsible for the recruitment, training and supervision of volunteers to assist employees in the efficient running of the facility, related events and programs. Maintains volunteer records and coordinates volunteer schedules, prepares department reports and budget, and liaisons with community to attract volunteers. Supervises volunteers and provides direction, coordination and consultation for all volunteer functions. The Volunteer Supervisor supports the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s efforts to cultivate community involvement in and support for the mission and programs of the organization.

GENERAL DUTIES

Recruitment:

  • Conduct recruitment, screening, interviewing and training of new volunteers.
  • Liaisons with community organizations and businesses to promote the organization’s mission and expand the potential volunteer base.
  • Executes a yearly mailer to businesses and community organizations to recruit new volunteers.
  • Maintains a listing of open volunteer job opportunities and recommends assignments that will make the best use of individual talents.
  • Regularly updates the volunteer handbook, job descriptions and department forms, as needed.
  • With the Director of Marketing & Special Events produces the volunteer brochure, and coordinates public relations with the purpose of recruiting volunteers.
  • Responds to inquires regarding the volunteer program.
  • Interviews and screens potential volunteers.

Maintenance/Retention:

  • Provides assistance and consultation for volunteers as needed and when requested.
  • Hosts the yearly volunteer recognition event, awards volunteers for service hours, and creates other volunteer appreciation programs.
  • Produces the monthly volunteer newsletter.
  • Organizes and conducts the orientation and training of volunteers making sure all aspects of the training are in accordance with the organization’s mission and philosophy.
  • Updates training materials and programs as needed, and alerts volunteers to relevant education opportunities.
  • Maintains volunteer personnel records noting special skills and interests.
  • Records volunteer duties and hours donated by volunteers, and notes incidents and injuries.
  • Regularly surveys staff to determine needs for volunteer assistance and updates job assignments as needed.
  • Supervises volunteers in performance of duties providing them continuous feedback, periodic performance evaluations and special guidance when requested or required.
  • Assists in resolving disputes and terminates volunteers not fulfilling required duties.  Acts as a buffer between staff and volunteers when problems arise.
  • Prepares statistics for monthly, quarterly, and other reports, and prepare departmental budgets as directed by supervisor.

Other Duties:

  • Confers with supervisors to determine appropriate number of volunteers and available jobs at fundraising events.
    • Recruits volunteers for events.
    • Recruits volunteers for community outreach initiatives, including special promotions presentations community outings, etc. Hands-over care of such volunteers to appropriate managers.
  • Keeps abreast of latest thinking around volunteerism and volunteer issues in order to offer training/presentations to organizations.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by supervisory personnel.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prefer bachelor’s degree and one year of pertinent experience such as community organization work, public relations, recreation; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct a volunteer program and integrate the services of volunteers with established activities.
  • Ability to take effective action; ability to work independently to bring a project to completion and skills in facilitating partnerships, developing collaborative projects, prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
  • Highly organized with excellent oral and written communications skills as well as strong customer service ability.
  • Sympathetic and objective understanding of other persons; tact; patience; emotional stability; pleasing personality and neat personal appearance.
  • Experience in computer skills in Excel, Word and data reporting.
  • Due to the nature our organization (animal welfare) and the safety of our employees and animals, English language proficiency is a plus.
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

PURPOSE & SCOPE OF POSITION

Under the direction of the Facilities Supervisor, the technician assists in keeping all of the organization’s equipment, buildings, and grounds in good working condition and appearance, making repairs as needed.  Occasionally perform transportation duties, using company’s vehicles.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The employee must be able to perform each essential function in a satisfactory manner, with or without reasonable accommodation; other duties may be assigned as necessary.

  • Perform regular preventive maintenance on different areas, including but not limited to air filters, drains, lights, coils, etc.
  • Fix minor issues on an as needed basis
  • Maintain cooling and heating system
  • Make weekly trips to other facilities and perform any minor repairs as needed and all scheduled preventive maintenance tasks
  • Transport animals to local hospitals or pick up animals on an as needed basis
  • Keep warehouse neat and orderly and drop off or pick up items on an as needed basis
  • Assist in all ad hoc projects such as painting, pressure washing, leaf blowing, etc.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Assists supervisor in keeping the organization compliant with OSHA, safety procedures, chemical handling, etc.
  • Other duties as requested by supervisor or Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of two years related experience.
  • Knowledge of maintenance and repair, federal, state and local regulation practices and permits, record keeping and report writing experience.
  • Technical knowledge in working with air-conditioning systems.
  • Knowledge and experience with fire, safety, construction regulations and codes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work well with staff, departments, the Board of Directors and the public.
  • Maintains a valid Florida Driver’s License with a good driving record.
  • Flexibility and ability to cope with several tasks simultaneously. Strong time management and organizational skills.  Proficient in follow-through without supervision.
  • Computer literate in Windows/Word environment; able to prepare basic Excel spreadsheet preferred.
  • Must be physically and mentally fit to respond to emergency situations.
  • Must not have any allergies to cats and dogs.
  • Must be able to work one weekend day.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The physical demands and work environment described are representative of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
  • May require strenuous lifting (up to 50 pounds)
  • May involve exposure to potentially hazardous chemical solutions
  • May involve exposure to inclement weather
  • On 24-hour emergency call.
  • Job involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands and arms. Vision required by this job.
  • Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and/or stooping.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


GRANT WRITER

PURPOSE & SCOPE OF POSITION

The Grant Writer is responsible for the identifying, preparing, submitting and managing of all grant proposals to Foundations and corporations. The candidate will be a creative writer, thinking outside the box in procuring grants for our existing programs.  The Grant Writer must be able to meet grant and proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, document preparation, review and approval. This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Development.

GENERAL DUTIES

  • Perform prospect research on Foundations and corporations
  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Submit Letters of Inquiry
  • Submit grant proposals on a timely basis; meeting the grantors deadlines
  • Track, update and monitor grants calendar, including status of pending grant submissions and re-submissions
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

SKILLS

  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to write persuasive proposals
  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Strong project management skills. Work requires continual attention to detail in preparing reports, processing information, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum two (2) years of grant writing experience, preferably in the animal welfare sector, but nor required
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with attention to detail, accuracy and pacing
  • Experience working in a deadline driven environment.
  • Excellent command of the English language, written and oral.
  • Exceptional attention to detail while working with grant timeline.
  • Proficiency with MS Word and MS Excel. Experience with Raiser’s Edge software would be helpful but is not required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds.
  • Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


SHELTER VETERINARIAN

PURPOSE & SCOPE OF POSITION

Perform veterinary health care and surgical responsibilities, oversee treatment, promote spay/neuter programs, and ensure humane care of all animals in care at the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The employee must be able to perform each essential function in a satisfactory manner, with or without reasonable accommodation; other duties may be assigned as necessary.

  • Manages the overall health and welfare of all animals under the stewardship of the organization, including but not limited to, animals in the shelter, foster care and the Intake Building(s), and ensures all animals receive the treatment and care that is expected and set forth by the organization’s mission statement and vision.
  • Examine, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries of shelter animals.
  • Ensure all animals are tested for heartworm disease (dogs), FELV/FIV (cats), vaccinated, dewormed, and treatment sheets written up for any problems noted at intake of animal.
  • Ensure shelter technicians are following medical protocols.
  • Audit files on a regular basis to ensure animals are steadily moving through quarantine areas on to the adoption floor.
  • Investigates and resolves any issues that are prolonging the quarantine of any animal beyond an expected period of time.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Must possess a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM) and a current State of Florida Veterinarian license which is in good standing.
  • Commitment to practicing the highest standard of medicine and upholding veterinary code of ethics.
  • At least two (2) years’ experience practicing medicine, preferably shelter medicine.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Works collaboratively with medical team members as well as with other shelter departments.
  • Makes decisions confidently and effectively.
  • Manages time and tasks appropriately.
  • Models a professional and courteous manner with staff and clients.
  • Commitment to ongoing educational development and growth.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The need to lift and carry animals and equipment weighing in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


PET ADOPTION COUNSELOR

PURPOSE & SCOPE OF POSITION

The Humane Society of Greater Miami is looking for an Adoption Counselor responsible for delivering outstanding customer service in relation to pet adoptions.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Is responsible for interviewing prospective parents, introducing them to the pet, and completing all adequate paperwork.
  • Other responsibilities include office operations, scheduling appointments, ordering merchandise, general clerical and operating the cash register as necessary.
  • Works directly with clients, guests, staff, and volunteers, providing courteous, friendly and professional assistance.
  • Manages the first point of contact between a customer and the Humane Society of Greater Miami and thus, is responsible for ensuring that this first encounter is positive for the customer.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Strong customer relations skills and leadership capability.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, problem solve, and coordinate daily activities.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment.
  • Possesses interpersonal skills, ability to interface with customers and their families.
  • Computer literate and skilled in Word and Excel required.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • High School or equivalent education.
  • Experience in planning, judgment, implementation, communication, staff development, interpersonal skills and cost containment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to hold and restrain animals.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit; to speak and hear clearly; and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must regularly lift, move, and restrain animals weighing up to 50 pounds and must occasionally lift, move and restrain animals weighing up to 100 pounds (with assistance).
  • The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Persons performing this job must not be allergic to animals, cleaning agents, or medications.
  • Other possible job hazards include exposure to corrosive chemicals and cleaning agents, exposure to feral and vicious animals, to animals with an unknown health history and therefore, exposure to zoonotic diseases through animal bites and scratches, airborne transmission, and physical contact.

Some experience needed but will train, needs to be self motivated and compassionate towards animals. Pay depending on experience. Hours vary as shelter is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year including holidays. Hours can vary from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Looking for Part-time and Full-time. EOE + benefits package. If interested in the position please stop by the shelter to fill out an application at 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160 attention to “HR”.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


 

KENNEL CLEANER

The Humane Society of Greater Miami is looking for someone to work hands on with cats/dogs cleaning cages/kennels where animals reside.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Animal Care

  • Cleans and maintains cages, kennels, lifestyle rooms, quarantine area or isolation unit of the shelter, in such a manner as to provide a germ-free, odorless and low stress environment for the animals. Washes food and water bowls daily.
  • Feeds and provides daily care for all animals in the shelter’s care. Cleans and grooms animals (bathing and brushing).
  • Ensures that animals are walked, and that they receive clean bedding and toys on a daily basis.
  • Reports to the appropriate supervisor any potential health or behavioral problems involving the animals in the organization’s care.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to hold and restrain animals.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit; to speak and hear clearly; and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must regularly lift, move, and restrain animals weighing up to 50 pounds and must occasionally lift, move and restrain animals weighing up to 100 pounds (with assistance).
  • The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Persons performing this job must not be allergic to animals, cleaning agents, or medications.
  • Other possible job hazards include exposure to corrosive chemicals and cleaning agents, exposure to feral and vicious animals, to animals with an unknown health history and therefore, exposure to zoonotic diseases through animal bites and scratches, airborne transmission, and physical contact.

Experience in a shelter or similar environment preferred. Needs to be self motivated and compassionate towards animals. Hours vary as shelter is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. Hours can vary from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Looking for Part-time and Full-time. If interested in the position please stop by the shelter to fill out an application at 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160 attention to “HR”. EOE + benefits package.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


 

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

PURPOSE & SCOPE OF POSITION

The clinic or shelter veterinary technician is responsible for outstanding customer service, client education, compassionate animal care, promoting spay/neuter and preventive health care for public pets.

This job requires a reliable individual, a team player, and independent thinker with good communication skills. The ideal candidate will have previously worked in a customer service position where positive “people” communication skills are important to the company as this position works with clients who may come in to surrender their pet, have found a stray, possibly sick animal, etc. At any given time our medical team may be responsible for 300 or more animals; directly in the shelter or in foster care. The ideal candidate should feel comfortable being able to multi-task on a daily basis, deal with very high volume intake and possible stressful situations.

GENERAL DUTIES

The Veterinary Technician will perform duties, independently with minimal supervision, operating from specific and defined directions and instructions. Decisions are of routine nature made within prescribed operating guidelines, policies and procedures.

Proficiencies:

Must be proficient at:

  • Performing a basic physical exam including taking body temperature, heart and respiration rate
  • Performing proper and humane restraint on a dog or cat
  • Administering drugs IM, SQ, and IV
  • Properly prepare and administer FELV, FVRCP, DA2PP, and Bordetella vaccine
  • Taking blood draws
  • Feline: femoral, cephalic and jugular veins
  • Canine: cephalic, jugular and saphenous veins
  • Properly collecting blood and performing a SNAP 4DX, Heartworm, Parvo and Feline Combo test
  • Properly calculating and administering sub-cutaneous fluids
  • Properly collecting fecal material for flotation and direct smears, creating appropriate slides and accurately reading and interpreting slides
  • Properly perform a skin scraping and interpret results
  • Properly performing an ear cleaning (both simple and deep)
  • Properly trimming nails
  • Properly scan for a microchip and aseptically insert a microchip if needed
  • Correctly calculate required medications to go home with patient, prepare medication and properly print prescription label

Client Education:

  • Properly explain importance of vaccinations recommended for the pet.
  • Provide education to pet owners on infectious disease and preventative care available.
  • Must have excellent communication skills in person and on the phone.
  • Provide excellent customer service and be friendly at all times.
  • Properly identifies animals that are intact and explains benefits of spay/neuter to their owner.
  • Properly checks in/out surgical patients and explains post-op instructions to owner.

Administrative:

  • Properly enters medical notes in respective medical software in a timely fashion.
  • Ensures and maintains appropriate inventory of all necessary supplies, drugs and equipment needed.
  • Stocks supplies as needed.
  • Follows the policies and protocols as set forth in the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Policy Manual and the Medical Protocol Manual. If a discrepancy is noticed or it is felt that an update in needed, the vet tech is expected to bring it to the attention of the supervisor or Chief Medical Officer.

Other:

  • Work cooperatively and professionally with all staff members
  • Assists the general public with routine health care information. Is able to explain when necessary treatment/procedures to owners or potential adopters.
  • Represents the Humane Society of Greater Miami to the highest degree by providing excellent customer service.
  • Immediately reports any safety hazards or unsafe usage of Humane Society of Greater Miami equipment and supplies to supervisor.
  • Fills in other areas and performs other tasks/functions as needed (i.e. helping out at the front desk with phone calls, working at special events).
  • Treats all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisors.
  • Due to the nature of the position must not be allergic to domestic animals and cleaning products.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to perform drug calculations and data entry.
  • Experience in caring for and handling animals in a safe, effective, and humane manner, handling cats as well as large and possibly untrained dogs.
  • Must be independent, able to multi-task with excellent communication skills and have exceptional interpersonal skills, being able to interface with clients and their families in a tactful, sympathetic and diplomatic manner.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license and clean driving record preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows (Word and Excel) and the ability to learn new computer programs preferred.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Prefer certified veterinary technician but qualified veterinary technician experience with a high school diploma/general education degree (GED) will be considered. 
  • One year of experience working/volunteering in a shelter, veterinary clinic, or similar environment as a veterinary technician.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Due to the nature of the position, prefer bi-lingual, with the ability to converse, read and write in English.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to understand and carry out written and/or verbal instructions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The employee must regularly lift, move, and restrain animals weighing up to 40 pounds and must occasionally lift, move and restrain animals weighing up to 100 pounds (with assistance).
  • Persons performing this job must not be allergic to animals, cleaning agents, or medications.
  • Other possible job hazards include exposure to corrosive chemicals and cleaning agents, exposure to feral and vicious animals, to animals with an unknown health history and therefore, exposure to zoonotic diseases through the use of hypodermic needles, animal bites and scratches, airborne transmission, and physical contact.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Position involves long periods of standing, reaching above the head with hands and arms; and lifting items/objects from floor to above the waist; walking, talking, and hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls.
  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualified applicants please send resume to [email protected].


 Humane Society of Greater Miami is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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