Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

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Animal Care - Behavior Specialist FT - COS

at Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

Pay: from $13/hour
Medical, dental and vision benefits offered to qualified employees.
Posted: 10/3/2019
Job Status: Full Time,Seasonal
Categories: General Labor

Job Description


Apply procedures and policies to provide for the daily needs of all animals. This includes cleaning and disinfecting kennels, ensuring appropriate feeding, identifying sick or injured animals and assisting in the euthanasia process. Perform all duties of the Animal Care Tech I position. Work cohesively with co-workers, other departments and volunteers. Assist the public in a professional manner.

Employee will also be required to perform one or more of the following key functions: 

1) Perform euthanasia in a humane, respectful manner in compliance with HSPPR Protocol which is based on recommendations from nationally-recognized animal welfare organizations

2) Provide a factual, nonbiased assessment of canine behavior in accordance with HSPPR policies and procedures; follow the PCAT model for canine assessments.

3) Train new employees and provide guidance/retraining to employees that may be struggling in accordance with HSPPR Animal Care Department training protocols.

4) Assist multiple departments in the movement of animals throughout the shelter in an efficient manner; double dogs, disinfect and/or spot clean kennels throughout the day.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, goals and success of HSPPR
  • Handle all animals in the most humane manner possible
  • Update animal records in computer system
  • Assist with transfer animals as necessary
  • Ensure animals are fed appropriate food in the correct quantity
  • Clean and disinfect kennels, cages and when necessary stalls following established protocol
  • Wash dishes, complete laundry duties, clean and maintain these areas following proper procedure and proper equipment use
  • Maintain equipment used in these procedures
  • Restock all items that are used daily in the kennel area
  • Maintain food storage, chemical storage, laundry room and food prep area in a clean, uncluttered and sanitary manner
  • Communicate with customers, volunteers and co-workers in a professional, courteous and calm manner at all times
  • Check inventory of animals daily to ensure correct animal, correct id collar, correct kennel card, report any unresolved discrepancies to Team Leader, Asst. Manager or Shelter Manager
  • Move animal(s) as needed and ensure computer record and kennel cards are updated and re-printed
  • Participate in activities that improve animals’ wellbeing while in HSPPR’s care
  • Communicate issues and concerns to supervisors
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Euthanasia Lead:

  • Perform euthanasia of animals dispose of bodies in accordance with euthanasia protocol
  • Assist Customer Service with transport of owner requested euthanasia animals
  • Perform all Animal Care Technician duties as assigned

Behavior Specialist:

  • Assess temperament of dogs and occasionally cats
  • Provide a factual, nonbiased assessment of the animal's behavior 
  • Be willing to attend ongoing training both on site and at other facilities
  • Be able to accept that behavior assessments may result in euthanasia and ensure that the outcome does not affect the integrity of the assessment.


  • Train new employees and provide guidance/retraining to employees that may be struggling
  • Assist with cross training
  • Keep training manuals up to date

Moves Specialist:

  • Work cohesively with multiple departments to assist in the movement of animals throughout the building
  • Keep R038-R042 in dog admissions empty and clean for ALE or CSR to efficiently kennel new arrivals
  • Double dogs throughout the day
  • Open blinds in B as needed for overflow available dogs
  • Check in with veterinary staff before lunch to coordinate when animals will be ready to kennel after surgery
  • Assist with disinfects and spot cleaning as needed / able
  • Check in with customer service at 6pm to coordinate evening moves

Supervisory Duties: None

Skill / Requirements

Required:  HS diploma or equivalent;

  • Certification in behavior from CCPDT, IAABC, degree in applied animal behavior, active enrollment in a certification program, or relevant experience or able to begin certification process within 6 months of hire
  • Experience working in a zoological facility or shelter
  • History of implementing animal behavior protocols
  • Professional and educational expertise in animal learning theory, scientific behavior modification strategies, and positive based animal training including clicker training
  • Experience working with animals in a professional environment
  • Excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail
  • Proficient verbal and written communication and customer service skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • General knowledge of canine and feline body language and behavior modification techniques using positive reinforcement
  • Ability to initiate and accomplish multiple tasks and maintain flexibility in a dynamic work environment.


  • Experience working professionally with dogs and knowledge of dog behavior
  • Prior shelter, vet assistant or CVT, experience performing canine behavior assessment and/or have Euthanasia by Injection certification by an accredited source is desired; prior work experience training other employees

Physical Demands:

The physical demands 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 regularly required to stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision.

Will be required to work weekends.